Jun 21, 2005

Money to burn


"... by an apparently unanimous voice vote the [American] bishops approved a commitment of up to $1 million from the quasi-endowment fund to help fund a major study on the causes and context of clergy sexual abuse of minors over the past half-century."

The US bishops can send the money to me because I have the answer to their query (although it is an answer that they obviously do not want to hear).

What is the cause of clergy sexual abuse of minors?


Pope John Paul II explained it this way in his April 2002 address to the U.S. Cardinals:

"The abuse of the young is a grave symptom of a crisis affecting not only the Church but society as a whole. It is a deep-seated crisis of sexual morality, even of human relationships, and its prime victims are the family and the young ..."

"... People need to know that there is no place in the priesthood and religious life for those who would harm the young. They must know that Bishops and priests are totally committed to the fullness of Catholic truth on matters of sexual morality, a truth as essential to the renewal of the priesthood and the episcopate as it is to the renewal of marriage and family life."

Or as Father Richard John Neuhaus put it, taking his cue from John Paul II, THE REAL ISSUE IS FIDELITY.

"The simple fact is that, if priests and bishops had been faithful to the church's teaching and their sacred vows, there would be no scandal. Jesus asks in Luke 18, "When the Son of man returns, will he find faith on earth?" The crisis created by clerical sexual scandals is essentially about three things: fidelity, fidelity, and fidelity."

On second thought, the bishops, with all that money to burn, can split the difference between Pope John Paul II and Father Neuhaus. I'd be grateful if they'd simply do what they're supposed to do: get down on their knees and pray.

The bishops would also do well to read the study by Clowes and Sonnier entitled, Child Molestation by Homosexuals and Heterosexuals.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

They can send the money to Brian Clowes too! Don't WE know what the cause is? Yes, the Judas factor, the demon factor, the perversion factor and other factors of unfaithfulness of the pawns of the evil one. And these above factors have been actually promoted by wolves in shepherds clothing and their agents.

But Jesus is Victor! Yet in the meanwhile, souls are in the balance. It feels good to gripe. I heard last weekend how we were the 'american catholic' church and all that nonsense. Being a Roman Catholic, I am like a fish out of water. The others are already holy they say and here I am in search of holiness. Here I am in the very short confession lines week after week.

Here we are, the Anawim, the little faithful ones and it is for us to use our weapons of the sacramental life, prayer, penance and fasting to help save the souls of not only ourselves but others. Only the HOly Spirit can bring conversion but our prayers, etc. will aid with the graces to be given.. We MUST be souls of prayer and sacrifice ourselves because the talk will change nothing. Only God can and our prayers will move the Heart of God.
Ave Maria!

4:16 PM  
Blogger john654&666 said...

It's American Protestantism. Everyone is saved. Don't worry, it will all work out in the end, it always does. America is the greatest country on earth. The president id the most powerful man on earth. Intrepret the bible the way you feel fit, the Holy Spirit will guide you. Just accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and savior.

9:22 PM  
Blogger john654&666 said...

Your sins have ALL been paid. Nothing can seperate you from the love of god.

9:23 PM  
Blogger skeetor said...

schism....heresy....more schism.

I stand with the pope.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Clayton said...

From my experience in a diocesan seminary from 1994-1996, I do have to say that confusion does issue from the faculty in many cases. The priest (now ex-priest) who taught our moral theology classes during those years has gone on to attempt to reconcile the Church's teaching with the gay lifestyle.

4:04 AM  

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