It has been a while since former Boston Archbishop Bernard Cardinal Law passed over the threshold of the corporeal world into eternity. Heaven? Hell? What exactly did he know? Was he sorry for the victimization of children in his archdiocese? We will never know…but God does…
That leads me to another question. Does the current crop of bishops and their sycophants believe in the eschaton, the four last things, death, judgement, heaven or hell? Doesn’t that bother them? I’m not just talking of the bishops in the USA but bishops all over the world.
Sadly the way in which the clergy sexual abuse scandal was handled and continues to be handled is representative of the way all things, (how shall I put this), distasteful are handled. First there is silence, then denial and threats, then blame, then vague promises that are occasionally kept, ending with silence. And as per-usual there are many innocent persons hurt along the way.
Do you know how hard, sometimes unbearably hard, it is to work in an atmosphere where right is considered wrong and wrong is considered right, to work for people in the Church who are weak and or deceitful, people who think it is okay to bully the laity and clergy alike, to lie and threaten? It can be exasperating as well as exhausting.
I have an idea, it’s pretty radical and you may want to sit down before reading any further; follow the rules of Jesus. What a concept. In the case of the clergy sexual abuse scandal priests should be living celibate lives, prayerful lives. Weakness, sin and concupiscence are a part of us so are a part of life. That’s not an excuse to act upon them. We are better than that, we have been redeemed. We are made in the image and likeness of God and are children of God. All of us need to start living like that. That is the only way we will triumph over sexual abuse, bullying, bad leadership…sin. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, don’t be carried away by all kinds of strange teaching.