“Is it not your duty to know what is right, you who hate what is good, and love evil?” Taken from the LOH from the Office of Readings for Tuesday, Micha.
I would venture to guess that the quote is something that all Christians can agree with. We know what is good. We should be learning it from our families, Sunday school or CCD, church services and later, if we are apt to, from studies of theology/religion and of course our faith.
What conclusion can you reach when learned christian men know what is right, true and holy and act in the opposite way? (Of course acting in that way, going against what is right , true and holy is sin. Everyone is guilty of sin.) But this sin, the sin of sexual abuse, is, as it turns out, monumental. It leaves me pondering…what were they thinking?!?
I hope this link works. It is depositions with dates that Cardinal Anthony Bevilaqua gave in the district attorney’s investigation of the priest sexual scandal in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Read_the_Cardinals_grand_jury_testimony.html
He lied over and over again, blames Msgr. Lynn for everything, and says he had no say in all of the goings on of the Office of Clergy do not ring true. And if he did not know what was going on in his own archdiocese then he needs to go to jail for gross incompetence. The bottom line is that he deserves to die in jail. Strong sentiments I agree but look at all he destroyed. (But not the Church, the gates of hell will not prevail.)
How can we respect the archbishops, bishops and all of their underlings in the Church? You can no longer look to their esteemed positions in the Church. You can’t even look at the fact that they are priests. Because of the state of the Church at this time none of them can demand respect, like they once use too, by the office that they hold. The days of demanding esteem and respect are over and they only have themselves to blame. We can watch the travesty that is raging around us and ask them, “Is it not your duty to know what is right,” now you need to prove to us that you know what is right!
People, and especially other clergy, need to call them out when they are out of line. That is our right, mandated by St. Paul, and our duty. To our immortal souls Silence and opaqueness = DEATH!!!!!!