I have said and I freely admit that there are times that I am slow on the up-take. Then God, I hope it is God, gifts me with clarity. This will all come together. I have had some experiences with other priests and one bishop, (not mine), where it comes across, at lest to me, that the salvation of souls is not their priority. Let me explain the latest manifestation of what has led me to that conclusion. A letter had been sent about a priest and I was one of 34 people cc:’d. The letter was seven pages long. I only looked at the first page. The writer started out with an incorrect and diabolical statement. Immediately my reaction was, ‘You need to be corrected because you are endangering your immortal soul.’ I did respond. I didn’t write a letter, maybe I should do that, I did take the Catechism of the Catholic Church and copied the abortion section. I did this because the letter stated that this particular priest needs to become, “aware”, of the teaching of morality in the Catholic Church. The letter went on to sing the praises of the Democratic Party and condemn the Republican Party. (For the record I’m neither.) WOW!
It started me thinking, are there going to be other responses from any of the 34? I know of one priest who got a copy and is not going to respond. I wondered how many others are going to keep silent. Then it dawned on me that this is what happened and is still happening with respect to the clergy sex abuse crises. No one says anything because there is zero care about the state of anyone’s immortal souls. WOW!
Shouldn’t we care about others as well as ourselves getting into heaven? Shouldn’t we care that someone is in grave error? Isn’t it the job of all baptized Catholics to get to heaven and to try to help others to get to heaven?
The person who wrote this letter could not be any wronger about the moral teaching of the Church and infanticide and abortion pushed by the Party of Death. The men of the Church couldn’t be any wronger about how they are dealing with the clergy sexual abuse crises.
Well said, Father.