Re: Sounds like no death penalty
Posted by USF ALUMNA on 7/23/2012, 8:14 am, in reply to "Re: Sounds like no death penalty"
My friend who is an alumnus of Penn State said that the loss of revenue would be severe. He and his wife are currently out of the country so they will be hit with this news when they return. Joe indicated that he and his fellow alumni anticipated the penalties and the subsequent loss of revenue. |
I have great anger towards those who overlooked Sandusky's actions and I want all of them to be punished. (My father said, "Touch a child and die.") However, I do not and never have subscribed to collective guilt and I worry about those who never knew about this as well as the student athletes who will suffer as a result.
The football players can transfer immediately. However, the decrease in athletic funding will impact all of the sports. Obviously, football was the money source.
If you have a chance to read Maureen Dowd's article on Paterno (NY Times), do so. It is worth reading.
Years ago when I was teaching confirmation classes, I asked the students to name their heroes. I wanted them to name the ultimate hero, Christ. After they named all the rock stars, actors/actresses, and athletes, one student finally said, "Parents." Another quiet one finally got it and said, "Jesus."
Penn State looked for a hero and they settled for Paterno who turned out to be just human like the rest of us with all the human failings. Those people have had their trust violated. I wonder how Paterno would have felt if it had been his son in those showers. He might have reacted.
My cousin, Beth Ann, was molested by a priest. I can still remember the first time I saw a picture of her as a three year old. She was so adorable. She was alone in that picture because her twin brother had drowned in his other grandmother's swimming pool. There is NEVER a time when I think of Beth Ann (now a grandmother) that I don't weep. That priest took her innocence and he destroyed her Catholicism. She has found Christ elsewhere and for that we all are grateful. But that priest hurt Beth Ann, her parents, her siblings and all of us because he had no right to touch her. We were not able to protect her. We trusted our priests because that was what we were taught.
The Pope recently said to the Irish people that the abuse in Ireland is a mystery. It is not a mystery. It is a grievous sin that robs people of their confidence, their dignity, and often of their faith.
I am totally appalled that these men allowed Sandusky to continue when they had so many clues about his actions. How anyone can allow a child to be abused sexually, physically or emotionally is beyong comprehension!
Hopefully, the reaction of the NCAA will put the sporting world on notice that overlooking child abuse will not be tolerated.