There is a person at my parish who is active in a couple of adult parish organizations and also serves at daily morning Mass. I just discovered that he is a registered sex offender and has his photo and info listed on line. His crime (a serious one) was against a 6-year old. He is on probation for another 2 years.I think I would talk with my parish priest privately, outside of confession (maybe right after? or whenever he had a chance) and tell him what you'd discovered and how as a mother the situation really worries you.
My dilemma is that I feel like I ought to trust that he has made things right with God and must assume that he has made a proper confession and such. I don't see him hanging around any kids at the parish. I believe he ought to have a chance to love and serve the Lord with the new life that God grants. The difficulty is that this crime and punishment are public and quite serious. With all the problems of this sort in the Church today, I do have a problem seeing this man serving at the altar publicly in front of a community already so burdened with the scandals of the past years. Most people do not know his crime and punishment. I do not want to damage his reputation. But I don't necessarily think that every person who is reconciled with God should be able to return to all of their former activities. I do not know whether to approach Father, who I believe does not know since the conviction happened before his time at the parish.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
Without being specific about the name of the person I'd also be tempted to tell other moms that I know that it's always a good idea to check out the database of local offenders. I'd be really torn about that as well... but as a mom I think I'd want that suggestion.
Actually since moving to our current town I'd never looked at the registry and I just went over (if you're in California it can be found here...) and was disturbed at how many there are around us and how many look like grandpas (until you go to the list of "offenses").
What a hard situation...
And to wrap up yesterdays question, in the end it was out of my hands. My husband went to our priest after he got off work and told him what had happened, and asked him if he wanted to know the identity of the person, as they have access to at least one of the buildings when no one is around... the answer was not surprising.