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“4. We spoke about the Dallas Charter in our last interview. Do you believe the Pope’s answer, in reference to “protocols,” reflects similar rhetoric and do you think establishing “more protocols” will address the root issues of, especially, predatory homosexual grooming and abuse? What “protocols” do you think would have stopped Archbishop McCarrick’s alleged homosexual grooming and abuse of young men and seminarians?

No, I do not believe that any number of protocols would have stopped Archbishop McCarrick’s alleged crimes. Based on what we know now, he was a predator capable of incredible deceit and diabolical manipulation. Almost certainly he would not have let protocols stop him. Besides, there are already protocols in place! They are called the Ten Commandments.  Additional protocols can be found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus gave us more than enough protocols in the Beatitudes and the teachings He enunciated throughout His public ministry. We lay people are expected to live by these protocols and must challenge ourselves to do so faithfully. We cannot accept anything less from our clergy.

The Church is not suffering from a dearth of protocols. It is suffering from a lack of personal holiness and faith-filled courage. By all accounts, Archbishop McCarrick is a sick man. Yet he continued to minister publicly and powerfully for decades! Despite apparently lacking some of the basics of personal holiness, he was promoted multiple times. We’ve learned that many within the Church were aware of the allegations and rumors against him. How could they permit his behavior to continue? How could they let this abuse perpetuate and destroy lives and vocations? What kind of protocols would have helped? “Be brave and true and good and holy?” Must we actually parse, publish and promote such a protocol? It beggars belief that such juridical action would be necessary. Be brave and true and good and holy. Strive to be like Jesus in all things.”

“Reform of the kind we need – however much anger and frustration we are going to feel in the meantime – is going to be a long-term project in which we are all going to have to assume new responsibilities. All the more reason not to be swept away by emotions, but to maintain targeted, reasoned pressure on Rome and everywhere else in the Church. We’ve been told that stronger procedures, investigations, documents – maybe even files on McCarrick – are forthcoming. But we know how easy it is for such things to give the impression of action without really doing anything. They need sharp scrutiny for years to come.

Priests and laity have succeeded in reforming Rome in the past, and we can do it again if we work at it.”

“Because of ingrained habits of lust on the part of large numbers of men and women in the Western world today—including, obviously and tragically, members of the clergy—we should hardly be surprised to see all eight daughters busily at work. St. Peter Damian in his own day saw the very same corruption, and fought against it with all his might, regardless of the personal cost or the threats made against him.

We who are aware of what is going on must stop at nothing until the episcopacy and the Vatican are purified of this disease.”

Vetting standards? Perhaps instead of ignorance or incompetence, the $$ is going as intended.

“It is important to note that this money was provided by every diocese in the United States that participates in the CCHD collection. Whenever a diocese takes up the CCHD collection (typically the third Sunday of November), 25 percent of that funding remains with the diocese while the other 75 percent goes to the national CCHD and is redistributed to groups like this one.
And before we explore the serious issues with this organization, it is also worth noting that in 2012, IPJC received an award from the CCHD and was featured in the book Beyond Empowerment: A Pilgrimage with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development by Jeffry Odell Korgen. Clearly, this is not an organization unfamiliar to the CCHD, which, as you will soon see why, calls into serious question the CCHD’s vetting standards.”

The rot, all of it, will come out. It would have been better in 2002. But that was not to be.

“The Nebraska attorney general is requiring more than 400 Catholic parishes and institutions to hand over documents related to sexual abuse.

The office of Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson issued subpoenas to Catholic parishes, schools and other entities, demanding documents related to allegations of Catholic clerical sex abuse.”