A Few words on Thomas Reese’s article: When saints fall.
A friend of mine recently shared an article about Jean Vanier, written by Thomas Reese SJ (National Catholic Reporter). Given the sordid details of Vanier’s reported behaviour, Reese’s article paradoxically ends up giving an uplifting perspective on the realities of good and evil.
Reese begins his article by reminding us that Scripture is full of people who went astray and who sinned, i.e. Abraham, David, etc.. “The message of the Scriptures is not that these are holy men but that God can use flawed and sinful people to do great things.” Reese states that he does not forgive those who prey on the vulnerable (including Vanier) and that he will leave this forgiveness to God.