This is an offshoot to my post below about playing games in Family Court. One of the things I have learned in dealings like this is when parents misinterpret statements or conduct by the child and then suspect abuse. Typically, such parents are relieved when the allegations are investigated by professionals and are unfounded. As you can imagine, a parent who knows the truth may be upset at the "good news" and seek other professionals to give them the answer they want to hear.
Let me expand that. We just passed the 6th anniversary of 9/11 and I am struck by the number of conspiracy theories that have arisen from that event. The "official" report indicates that 19 Islamic extremists conspired to fly planes into pre-selected targets and thus chaos ensued. The question may be that the government "knew" things were going to happen or had a high likelihood of happening, but did nothing to prevent the tragic events. However, those Islamic extremists are the "good news" - we know who did it, we know what organizations were behind it.
But not everyone is content with that - there must be something more. After all, steel cannot melt unless there was a direct hit, so WTC 7 had another reason for its collapse. Isn't it odd that the President was in the South, away from "obvious" targets, and likewise, isn't it odder still that Donald Rumsfeld was at the Pentagon that morning? Why weren't fighter jets immediately scrambled to shoot down the airplanes - what took so long? Of course, the answers are secure in the minds of those asking the question, regardless of how irrational.
Has society become like the "non-misinterpreting parent"? Once we hear a salacious rumor, are we relieved when the truth is revealed or are we disappointed and look for something - anything - to make it true? I am reminded of some of the posts I have read on blogs regarding the sexual scandal in the Church and when information is lacking, the speculation I see on the part of the "SNAP group" is matched by those Catholics in their dislike of persons such as Cardinal Mahoney or Bishop Brown - the truth is replaced by questions and speculation.
Being involved with cases like mine below, I am taught and reminded to be analytical and look at the facts when situations arise where it would be easy to assume the worst. The Holy Spirit imparts the gift of discernment - I hope I don't refuse it when it comes.