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Wow, those are some interesting stories! :shock: It is disheartening when a priest (or anyone for that matter) shows a lack of commitment, especially to their vocation.

It sounds like these priests have many of their own issues to deal with and need some sort of support group just as you want a support group. Now, I am not going to make any excuses for any of them but they are only human and will make mistakes (even big ones like you or me). It must be tough being a priest, but these men have chosen to give in to their weaknesses. There are much better ways that the one priest could have approached you to say that he can no longer meet with you because of his personal feelings. I think I will add them to my prayer list just as I have added you because with God’s power we can all find healing.

I am surprised Once Catholic didn’t recommend anything else. There has got to be some other people out there who have been hurt by priests (in non-sexual ways) that need support. Maybe you could initiate a support group. <img loading=” title=”Wink” />

I’m not much of a therapist and I have never been in your situation, but I think it’s important to separate God from the priests. Try not to let your relationship with other people disconnect you from God. God still loves you and wants you to stay connected. Maybe you could just try to say a small prayer for your family at a regular time each day or something. Do you have strong Catholic friends that you can share your experience with or other people in the Church you can trust?

I will continue to pray for you for healing. <img loading=” title=”Smile” />