Jerry Sandusky, 67, the former defensive coordinator for Penn State's football team, was charged this month with abusing at least eight boys over a period of Several years. He has denied the charges and is free on bail. At the State College Presbyterian Church, roughly 200 parishioners gathered on Sunday morning to worship and try to move past the allegations that have rocked this close-Knit Community.
Mike McQueary, the suspended Penn State assistant football coach who usually attends the service at the old stone church just two blocks from the Penn State campus, was not there. According to the grand jury, McQueary's Sandusky assaulting a young boy in 2002, but did not stop it or call police.Instead, the next day he Told Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. "We are still the same people we were a week ago, and we still care about the community," said Susan Reisinger, the church's interim pastor.
The church's assistant pastor, Joel Blunk, prayed for perpetrators of abuse, their VICTIMS and University Officials Fired over the scandal - Here Among Paterno. "We pray for the children. We pray for their own self healing and recovery. Help us to realize God, that When we suffer, you suffer with us," Blunk said. "May Sonny Sonny know are loved and not alone." We pray this day for perpetrators of abuse, "Blunk said." Help us to be merciful and just.
"MORE TO COME FORWARD?
Their Prayers CAME just hours after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said it was likely that more alleged VICTIMS would emerge. "If I'm to speculate, I would not be surprised if we limit VICTIMS more come forward," Corbett said on "Fox News Sunday." As attorney general he opened the limit grand jury probe into Sandusky,, But on Sunday at the State College Presbyterian Church, the message was one of healing and understanding. Richard Rohr, a visiting Roman Catholic priest, delivered a Sermon that explored the Sociology of male power. He tried to make the case that Sandusky, Paterno and others erred Those Partly due to social constructs.
"We males can Climb and Climb high, without any wisdom at all," Rohr said. "That's very dangerous." His Sermon focused on a section of the Biblical book of Matthew Illustrated that Rohr said the need for men not to hold onto power too long - a clear reference to Paterno, who was Penn State's head coach for more than 40 years until he was fired on Wednesday. "If men have not made Journeys of powerlessness, and try to hold onto power too long, sonny will almost always abuse it," said Rohr, a Franciscan priest who lives in a New Mexico Hermitage.
There were also services at the Frank and Silvia Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the Penn State campus, where Paterno has worshiped in past but was not in attendance. The priest there also delivered a lesson from the Book of Matthew, one on speaking and acting positively.
Worshiper Campanell Tony, 69, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, said after the service that the homily limits pointed to the need for personal accountability. "Good overcame evil, and good will come of this," he said of the sex abuse scandal. The church services CAME one day after Penn State's last home football game of the season, an equally emotional event that Drew more than 107,000 to the school's Beaver Stadium. Penn State lost the game to Nebraska 17-14.