From Restore DC Catholicism
The latest issue of Our Parish Times offered a predictably milquetoast response to perhaps the most significant Church scandal in recent history, if not in fact the entire history of the Church. The issue in question is this August 2018 edition and the article is at the bottom right-hand corner of the front page: A Breach In Trust by Patricia McGann.
You'll have to follow the article to page 8. There you'll see the problematic sentences in the last paragraph. We're supposed to:
- "Do our best to live according to God's laws" Fair enough, in and of itself. But that is not all that is required. What is not said is just as important as what is said.
- "Seek comfort and courage by praying together and in the silence of our hearts" Oops! Problems here in the underlined parts! Forget this "seeking comfort" crap! It's time to put on the big-boy and big-girl pants here and stop this incessant focus on emotions, particularly the weepy variety! And again, let's forget the "silence" nonsense! Let us listen to St. Catherine of Siena on the matter: "We've had enough of exhortations to be silent! Cry out with a thousand tongues! I see that the world is rotten because of silence!"
- "We won't waste our time judging or condemning Cardinal McCarrick or those who were complicit with their silence, because that's God's job and we trust He'll take care of it". Did McGann write this before McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals? Maybe so. Anyway, while we don't judge or condemn McCarrick, Wuerl, et al as persons, we most certainly do condemn the rapes of young men and their cover-ups. It is our job to root out this mess and shine the light on it relentlessly. By the way - beware of the phrase "God will take care of it". Often enough, that is simply a sanctimonious cop-out phrase used by people who just don't want to take up their responsibilities as Church Militant, for reasons of laziness and/or cowardice.
All that said, I'm happy to provide some evidence that some Catholics are indeed waking up and confronting the evil where it is to be found. These are examples to be emulated. Within the past two weeks, Cardinal Maradiaga, one of Pope Francis' "gang of nine" visited the Diocese of El Paso, Texas. From Ann Barnhardt, we get a pictorial report of the greeting they provided to him. Look at the pictures! It'll do your heart good!
These are the types of actions that we must all be prepared to emulate if we are to purge the various progressive diseases from our Church. Prayer and reparation are useless if we aren't willing to undertake practical action.