This is a part of an article written by Rev. Thomas R. Collins a Catholic priest in the service of the people of Virginia. It appeared in something called
“Thus it is that we have witnessed Church leadership in a tailspin. It is no wonder, then, that on June 29, 1972, Pope Paul VI sadly noted that from some fissure, the smoke of Satan had entered the sanctuary of the Church. Note, for example, how the handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal has apparently been guided by expediency, rather than by integrity. At first, expediency seemed to demand that those who dared to “slander good priests” and to “create scandal” by reporting these serious sins be castigated and bullied into silence. But then, as the fear of the lawsuit did what the fear of the Lord was not allowed to do, those same “scandalmongers” and “slanderers” received apologies and were praised for their heroism. Note also how the compounding of sin by those same abusive unrepentant clergy was largely ignored.
Apparently the sacrilege of offering Mass and receiving Holy Communion in a state of serious unrepented sin by such abusive clergy has not been taken very seriously by the hierarchy. If it was, we would have had at least a month of Masses of reparation and serious reparational fasting. But, sadly, the impression that was given, guided by the demands of secularist expediency, that the desecration of the Blessed Sacrament is not to be considered a serious sin. As a consequence of this, is it any wonder that so many in the state of objectively serious unrepented sin feel free to follow the dictates of their sin-seared consciences, and approach the Eucharistic Christ with a sense of entitlement, rather than humble reverent gratitude.”
The whole article talks about the destruction of the Church and some of the reasons. The priest abuse scandal is just one of them but has had a ripple effects that so many people haven’t put together, realized, or even recognize as sin.
This past week in the Church we celebrated the Body and Blood of Christ. What is the percentage of, “Catholics”, that truly believe the transubstantiation, that the bread and wine offerings truly become the body and blood of Christ? No priest or bishop or even the pope makes that happen…all we do is use the traditional words of Christ at the last supper to call down the Holy Spirit, (God), to change the elements of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. The scripture from the last supper: this is my body…this is my blood… Was Jesus lying? How about, “unless you eat my body and drink my blood you have no life in you.”
The point is that the molesting priests should have been fearful of having blasphemous and sacrileges communion. Apparently some were not. People generally shall fear having blasphemous and sacrileges communion. Apparently they do not.
I know this seems like a tangent but it is not because all things are connected in the Church. Molesting, by priests, of young people happened. These priests offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass happened. Their receiving blasphemous and sacrilegious communion happened. Bishops covering up the whole sordid affair of molestation happened. Talk of blasphemous and sacrileges communion did not happen, at least not publicly.