Erosion of belief

I am giving credit to the swift and concise actions taken by Penn State regarding the ex-football coach and minors sexual scandal to the fact that the atmosphere has been poisoned by the continued inaction and denials/blame of the Catholic Church and their scandal.  The collective consciousness is such that now, finally, sexual abuse of minors cannot be tolerated.  (Now we need to take the step to all abuse.)

This is an excellent example of God taking something that is horrible, (the evil and inaction of clergy sexual abuse), and wringing good out of it.  The ‘good’ being the swift action of the Penn State Board of Directors.

New thought

This is in regards to two articles I have seen about cafeteria Catholics/Catholic belief & also an article sent to me by a friend from the Catholic League condemning a recent film as anti-Catholic.

A survey indicated that “Catholics” in the USA do not think that the teaching magisterium of the Church is very important so people tend to believe/act as they would like.  (I am a little suspect of “survey’s.)  Often they fall back on the stand by reason of their individual conscience.   Conveniently forgotten is that the conscious must be well-formed.  That means informed by the teachings and beliefs of the Catholic Church as taught by the magisterium, (past and present).   The complaint that I have read is that some  magisterium members bring up a waning respect for the authority of the teaching branch of the Church.

DUH!!!!  Who is to blame for that?  I would venture to guess that it may have something to do with the debacle the faithful have witnessed in the Church’s handling of the clergy sexual abuse crises.  Many see it as a, ‘do as I say not as I do,’ attitude being exhibited by the Church magisterium.  Is it a wonder that respect is waning?

The movie was condemned as anti-Catholic for several reasons.  One of them being a main character punches a bishop.  Now really, isn’t that a fantasy that many people have?  Anyway, the point as I see it is the Catholic League, the magisterium, a lot of priests & the many of the faithful are living in a fantasy.  That fantasy is that just because a person’s state in life, (read a bishop), used to be respected automatically that they still deserve automatic respect.  The same thing can be said about doctors, lawyers, police officers, teachers…I can go on and on…  Those days are over.

In the case of the Catholic Church bishops only have themselves to blame.  If they had taken positive and proactive stance with the current scandal it might be different.  But it isn’t just the clergy sexual scandal.  That is anti-Catholicism.  When renegade bishops, diocese, parishes, priests and nuns are brought forth for teaching against the truth of the Catholic faith nothing is done.  That is anti-Catholicism.  Look at all of Austria, parts of Australia, numerous diocese and parishes in the USA not even to mention religious orders that are running amuck teaching it is o.k. for abortifacient contraceptives, abortion, euthanasia etc.  There is what is really anti-Catholic.  How can you respect men who do nothing in the face of abuse and heresy?

About follow1in3

I am a Roman Catholic priest ordained for the Diocese of Wilmington, DE who is also a victim of clergy sexual abuse. I am often angered by the insensitiviy and hostility of other clergy, the hierarchy and the so-called people-of-God. If clergy, bishops included, really and truly understood abuse, (any kind of abuse), I would not feel the need to blog on occasion. It is very frustraing.
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