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2018: The Year of Judgement for Religious Figures

2018: The Year of Judgement for Religious Figures
2018: The Year of Judgement for Religious Figures

God sees all and punishes all in due course of time. This became true for the respected religious figures Bill Hybels and Theodore McCarrick. On the other hand, by God’s grace and with a little bit of the grandeur of royal wedding Michael Curry became a household name.

One year ago the picture was not at all like this.

A year ago Bill Hybels was a revered pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. The charges of misconduct and sexual harassments, however, compelled him to step down from the position in April last 2018. Hybel vehemently denied all the charges that were hauled against him. Suburban Chicago church was initially supporting the pastor. The church later marked his behaviour as ‘sinful’. All the elders of the Church and Hybel’s successors later resigned leaving the Church in a debilitating condition.

The story of Theodore McCarrick was somewhat similar. He was once called as the prince of Catholic Church but, in July 2018, he was compelled to resign from the College of Cardinals. Pope Francis was the one who commanded McCarrick to lead a ‘life of prayer and penance’. McCarrick was accused of assaulting a minor four decades ago. He was also charged with harassing seminaries over the period of time.

With the speech that spoke about the power of love the popularity of Michael Curry, a Protestant clergyman, skyrocketed. The speech that he gave during the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had a global audience. The talk about the power of love gave hope to the world at a time when the world of faith is tumulating by the wave of sexual harassment charges.