Aug 18-24, 2018 Part II

2018 vs 2002 Scandals

“Moreover, the cover up, the enabling of these child rapists goes all the way to the Vatican itself.

What the Vatican is dealing with here goes beyond even the original child abuse scandal that threatened to swamp the Church some 15 years ago. While the first scandal was its own kind of horror show, we were assured this was behind us, the truth had been fully revealed, the wrongdoers punished, the victims made as whole as possible, the page turned.

Now we are learning this is not even close to the truth, that in just one of our 50 states, the cover up and lies marched on to protect an unspeakable evil.

And where is Francis?”

This is NOT 2002 Part II

“Pedal to the metal. Tell it all. Tell it loud. Tell it long. Let the chips and even the prelates fall where they may.”

Rod Was Right and I Was Wrong by Austin Ruse

I became casual friends with Rod Dreher

“People like Neuhaus and Weigel were and are institutionalists to the core. I get that, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing to be. Any reform movement needs both insiders and outsiders working together for the common good. It’s certainly fair to ask, though: what good has the “focused anger” that George Weigel demands of the Catholic laity done to reform the sexual corruption within the Catholic clergy and episcopate? I’m not asking in a trolling way. Again, in our time, it’s hard to think of a more influential American layman within the institutions of Catholic power than George Weigel. Whatever he was doing quietly to clean up the mess was not working.”

“St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) was no stranger to a Church that shared the similar ingredients of lust, narcissism, pride, power, and greed, as he devoted his priestly ministry, often at times of great risk to his life, to bringing some 40,000 Calvinists back to the Catholic faith post-Reformation. In short, Francis ministered to the souls who departed the faith in part because of the scandalous reign of Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia 1431-1503) and the immoral behaviors of ordained clergy across Europe. Pope Alexander VI was known to have fathered numerous children by various concubines, as well as to have had criminal involvement in the Italian underworld. Similarly, it was not uncommon to find priests in open relationships with their mistresses and fathering children on the side. These scandals, along with others, scattered the seeds of contempt that helped lay the foundation for the Protestant Reformation.

At the time, St. Francis de Sales uttered these prophetic words, that are as relevant today as they were during his priestly ministry, “Those who commit these types of scandals are guilty of the spiritual equivalent of murder, but I’m here among you to prevent something far worse for you. While those who give scandal are guilty of the spiritual equivalent of murder, those who take scandal–who allow scandals to destroy their faith–are guilty of spiritual suicide.”

What is the difference between the scandals of the Church of the 16 th and 17 th centuries and the Church of today? The lust, narcissism, pride, and abuse of power are pretty much the same. The difference we see now lies in the nature of the lust. We are forced today to face the tragic revelation of scores of accusations of predominately homosexual behavior and abuse.”

“”The clock is ticking for all of us in church leadership,” said Cardinal O’Malley of Boston, the Pope’s top adviser on sexual abuse. “Catholics have lost patience with us and civil society has lost confidence in us.”

Meanwhile, officials in Pennsylvania said their investigation is not over. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said his office’s hotline and email accounts for abuse survivors have “lit up” with more than 150 calls since the grand jury report was published.

And some prominent Catholics, including Illinois State Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, are calling for attorneys general in more states to follow Pennsylvania’s lead.

“That’s the only way I see something happening,” she told National Catholic Reporter.”

Tobin was the subject of controversy last February when he tweeted, “Supposed to be airborne in 10 minutes. Nighty-night, baby. I love you.”

“John Jay Report grossly underestimated the extent of the problem based on false information provided by the bishops, the report also came under attack by Al Notzon III, a former chairman of the NRB that advises U.S. bishops in combating clerical sexual abuse. Notzon strongly disputed one of the study’s findings that there is no link between homosexuality and clerical abuse when in fact the abusers were males and 80 percent of the victims were post-pubescent males.”

Direct link to John Jay Report

Another study, same finding.

Fr. Dariusz Oko’s major article: “With the Pope against the Homoheresy”

In June 2012, Polish magazine Fronda published an extensive, incisive, and influential article on the papacy and what it calls the “Homoheresy” and the great powers of the group it calls the “Homomafia” in all levels of the Church hierarchy, going all the way to the Roman Curia – and on how Benedict XVI has tried to curtail the great influence of this underground network of deviation. The Rev. Dr. Dariusz Oko, the author, is a Professor of Theology at the Pontifical Academy of Theology (Pontifical University John Paul II), in Krakow. The article was published in German as well (D. Oko, Mit dem Papst gegen Homohäresie, “Theologisches” 9/10 [2012] pp. 403-426), but it has been sparsely available in English.

A different view, the reforms are working according to Bill Donohue, Catholic League President.