Document Title: "Blessed Sacrament
Question from on 05-22-2007:
Recently, the news reported that a woman was praying in a perpetual adoration chapel in the middle of the night. Surveillance video showed the woman praying, a man enter the church, and try to rape her. She was able to fight him off and he left. My question is this...
If Jesus is really and truly present in the Eucharist and there in either the tabernacle or monstrance, how could something like this happen is his presence? Why wouldn't he prevent this man from attacking the woman in the first place? I believe in the Real Presence but something like this happening in a eucharistic adoration chapel where Jesus is present really makes me question the Real Presence. Your thoughts would be helpful.
Answer by Catholic Answers on 05-22-2007:
Something like that could happen because God gave human beings free will. The gift of free will means that at times humans will choose to abuse that gift by sinning against God and against each other. That the attacker committed this horrific crime in front of the Blessed Sacrament objectively compounded his crime because it became sacrilege as well as attempted rape.
Simply because God does not prevent evil from occurring does not mea"