Aug 18-24, 2018 Part IV

A Little too Late Department

The apology would have meant more if not compelled by a secular investigation. Know what I mean?

A Pennsylvania bishop named in a grand jury report on rampant sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy says he has “profound remorse” and offers his “heartfelt apology” to the victims.

“It’s strange that we just are now finding out about Cdl. O’Malley’s and ArchBishop Chaput’s seminary problems.

This is no coincidence. It sounds like N.J., Conn., NY, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Fla., Ala., R.I., Indiana, as well as Columbian diocesan officials must know about this.

So we have Vatican Secret Archives
Diocesan Secret Files
A gay seminary pipeline.
What else are we going to learn about? A Jesuit Secret file.

This sex scandal wasn’t solved in 2000. It’s been smoldering out of control for 18 years.
I haven’t read the DaVinci Code book. Something tells me a new DaVinci Code ll will soon be a best seller
Let’s just pray its author isn’t the Grandiose Narcissist himself. James Martin has written a few too many novels. Just when we thought this whole cancer ended,
it’s now coming back.”


Apostolic Nunciature to the United States

The Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the United States is the diplomatic mission of the Holy See to the United States. It is located at 3339 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C., in the Embassy Row neighborhood.[1] The current Apostolic Nuncio is Archbishop Christophe Pierre, who was named to the position by Pope Francis on 12 April 2016.

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The letter Ted & I prayerfully discerned about and sent to the Papal Nucio and our own bishop with our personal annotations in the margins. to Diocese – Abuse Scandal – August 2018.pdf

Fr. Z’s take on Bishop Morlino’s letter.

Remember that when reading these letters from bishops, even while we around the world are able to read them and even as the bishops know that, these bishops uniformly address themselves to the faithful their own diocese. Because of this, I, personally, pay attention to what these bishops say they are going to do, practically and concretely with and for their flocks.

In Bishop Morlino’s letter to the faithful of Madison, I saw a three things that are especially striking.”

A good bishop from WI. How many good bishops were there in England and the crisis with Henry VIII?

“But to be clear, in the specific situations at hand, we are talking about deviant sexual — almost exclusively homosexual — acts by clerics. We’re also talking about homosexual propositions and abuses against seminarians and young priests by powerful priests, bishops, and cardinals. We are talking about acts and actions which are not only in violation of the sacred promises made by some, in short, sacrilege, but also are in violation of the natural moral law for all. To call it anything else would be deceitful and would only ignore the problem further.”

As laity, we have a solemn duty to truth.

“Even so, if the faithful permit the scapegoating of McCarrick, they will be guilty of moral failure not less grave than that of the bishops themselves. McCarrick came from somewhere. McCarrick did not act alone.”

“First I can smell old Arianism which denied the true divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Arianism was the heresy of the church hierarchs, the theologians, the academics, the clever people, the hoity toity–the well connected, well heeled, well off and well educated. Arianism tiptoed around the divinity of the Lord with half baked definitions, vague terminology and ambiguous statements.”

“I am most emphatically not saying that all homosexuals are predators with an appetite for young males (just as I would never claim that if only the Church selected heterosexual males who said they “liked girls” there would be no problem with priests having affairs with women). Yet, there is irrefutable evidence of a specific pattern of homosexual behavior in the so-called clerical “child abuse” that must be named if the Church is going to address and correct it. “

 Cardinal McCarrick

Haunting words I came across when writing my essay. I could tell our own story of how this man impacted our family. Thankfully, no abuse and we were able to escape the destruction he spread. Others not so fortunate. The diocese knew.

“True believers in clerical celibacy speak of it in moving terms. “It’s not the easiest road in today’s crazy world,” Cardinal Theodore McCarrick said in Rome, “but we… believe that if you practice celibacy and you practice it with all your heart, with all your love, that you can be free to serve God’s people and to serve God in such a beautiful way.”