Rorate Caeli

The worldwide agony:
news of a single week in June-July

"As the third millennium of the redemption draws near, God is preparing a great springtime for Christianity, and we can already see its first signs."
John Paul II
December 7, 1990


1. In Connecticut - from several sources, including NBC:

[July 3] A Connecticut priest arraigned Tuesday on child pornography possession charges says he is getting help for his addiction to the illegal material.

The Rev. Dennis Carey, 65, was released on $100,000 bond, NBCConnecticut.com reported. He was ordered to have no computer or Internet access, no pornography and no contact with anyone under age 13.

Carey resigned Friday as pastor of St. Paul in Chains Church in Waterford after the Catholic diocese in Norwich learned police were investigating him.

2. In New South Wales, Australia - from several sources, including the Brisbane Times:

[July 4] Three of Australia's most senior Catholic clergy failed to tell authorities of evidence they received that a priest had repeatedly sexually abused boys as young as 10 in New South Wales. Two of the victims committed suicide.

The three priests are Brian Lucas, secretary-general of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference; John Usher, the former head of the Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission; and Wayne Peters, the vicar-general of the Armidale diocese in NSW.

The priest, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told a court in 2004 he admitted to the three during a 1992 meeting that he had sexually molested boys.

3. In Santiago, Chile - from several sources, including El Mercurio.

[June 28] Cristián Precht, a symbolic figure of [the] Human Rights [movement] in Chile
SANTIAGO.- The investigation ordered by the Archbishop of Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, on Fathers Cristián Precht [a Monsignor] and Alfredo Soiza-Piñeyro, that uncovered, in both cases, "credible reports of abusive conducts with adults and minors," is not only a painful blow to the Catholic world, but also to the organizations that denounced violation of Human Rights in Chile.

As one of the founders of the Deanery of Solidarity in 1976, Precht, now 71, became an emblematic face of those who defended and protected the persecuted and tortured during the regime of deceased general Augusto Pinochet.  ...

In 1985, he was also named vice-president of the National Committee that prepared the visit of John Paul II to Chile (1987).

Which is why the alleged sexual abuse for which the cleric was accused, and that was made public in October 2011, caused great impact among those who worked for the Deanery.

The first accusation mentioned that Precht may have influenced in the suicide, 20 years ago, of psychologist  Patricio Vela Montero, whose family members had always been suspicious due to the close relationship that the priest had led with Vela in his youth. The cleric paid him a visit in the United States before [Vela] decided to take his own life. 

Though the investigated prior events had not indicated concrete evidence, other data came up, which today led Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati to make clear that, because they were "graver delicts," the local ecclesiastical authority is not competent and, for this reason, the recordings of the proceedings will be sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

4. In Thurgau, Switzerland - from APIC and Romandie:

[June 27] Former pastor convicted for fondling teenagers

The Courts of Thurgau have convicted the former parish priest of Aardorf to 80 fine-days of 50 francs for fondling teenagers of under 16. Arrested in the spring of 2010, the 42-year-old man had spent one month in temporary detention.

The investigation confirmed that the accused had, between 1999 and 2010, "bodily contacts" with several minors who had not reached sexual adulthood, the Thurgau district attorney's office indicated. ... Suspended from his functions by the Catholic Church following the opening of the investigation, the Aadorf parish priest resigned in late June 2010.

5. In Sao Paulo, Brazil - several sources, including O Globo:


[July 3] Priest suspected of pedophilia is arrested in Sao Paulo 

SÃO PAULO – A priest was arrested this Tuesday in Sao Paulo suspected of pedophilia. Anderson Risseto works in the Advent Community, a clandestine association that houses over 20 teenagers ... . ... In a release, the diocese of Campo Limpo informed that Risseto had left parish work when he presented his resignation as a parish priest in March 2010. In the following month, the Advent Missionary Community was extinguished by a diocesan decree. In June of the current year, the priest was suspended.

54 comments:

MBinSTL said...

New Catholic, my sincere thanks. I appreciate your giving my requests such prompt attention.

Pertinacious Papist said...

Wow. Talk about high-relief juxtaposition!

One thing from which we suffer in the Church today, and have suffered for the last half-century, is an atmosphere of unreality and denial.

I only pray that when the veil of illusion is lifted, the shock of reality will not be too much for those whose job has been to mind the store.

Long-Skirts said...

Pope John Paul II said:


"...and we can already see its first signs."

...and the beat goes on...and the beat goes on!

Jason C. said...

Well, to be fair--you don't have a spring without a winter. Let's pray it's a short one, say, fifty years?

thomas tucker said...

Yes, these things never happened before Vatican II.

New Catholic said...

You do notice you are the first to mention the Council here, right?...

rodrigo said...

"The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres... churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord... Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able still to save you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in me will be saved."
(Our Lady of Akita, October 1973)

In the end, Her Immaculate Heart will triumph.

Gratias said...

Admitting homosexuals into the seminaries and then having them work with young children was not a good idea. Now we reap the results. Arghhhhh.

Matt said...

Perhaps this is the Springtime JP was referring to. Clean house of such ilk and thus move forward in a better position.

P.K.T.P. said...

Now let's not judge any of the bishops who may have moved these perverts around.

P.K.T.P.

P.K.T.P. said...

Thomas Tucker:

While these things did happen before the Council, you'd be hard pressed to just pick any old week out of 1942 to 1957 and find this record of infamy. You might find this number of cases over a decade but not over a week.

This disaster has not been caused by Vatican II but it could be said that Vatican II and this disaster are different but related effects of a common malaise.

P.K.T.P.

Peccator said...

So very sad! And, of course, no one ever names the elephant in the room: they are HOMOSEXUALS not pedophiles. But that is not politically correct to say.

John Fisher said...

I have been sexaully approached by 3 Catholic priests when I was between the age of 18 and 23. Once was in Confession (face to face) when i mentioned in no detail the previous abuse. On all occassions I got away from it. The behaviour happens in seminaries and religious communities. It happens in parishes. Usually the same priests. One of the priests managed to get out of a court heraing by saying he had a heart condition. He was facing 40 charges. Yet he still says Mass and makes known he is "gay" and thinks...beleives with all his heart there is nothing wrong. He blongs to the Vincentians and his superiors protect him. I am in touch with 4 other victims. Yes the Police know. Each was propostioned or molested in places like Confession while being below 18 years of age. Yet the authorities like Cardinal George Pell do not initiate canon law cases. They just ignore the purge of the clergy of liberals that needs taking place. The catholic Church is hated by many because of men like Pell!

I am not Spartacus said...

A Universal Church with a gazillion members has always had frits and cruds (Vt hill country idiom) but it is only with the advent of the computer that we could collect examples of such unhappy souls worldwide on a daily basis.

The Raccolta has the prayer to Saint Michael which references, ...These crafty enemies of mankind have filled to overflowing with gall and wormwood the Curch, which is the Bride of the Lamb without spot; they have laid profane hands upon her most sacred treasures...

There is nothing new under the sun and that Encyclical is actually quite good although that phrase -written with quotation marks around it -is one of his most easily mocked moments.

Be that as it may, I doubt there is one married Catholic Traditionalist who could not see in the birth of his child a new springtime in his Domestic Church.

CJ said...

John Fisher said "The catholic Church is hated by many because of men like Pell!"

That is as good an excuse as any other for people looking for a "legitimate" reason to hate The Church. They would never of course blame the lust they have for their own sins which keep them from loving the extension of Christ on earth. Things like divorce and contraception were always the two big reasons. Now there is also abortion and homosexuality.

T. Rex said...

A gentle reminder, YOU WILL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS.

Francis said...

"Yes, these things never happened before Vatican II".

Maybe in isolated cases it did. But not consistently all over the world in one week, or for the last fifty years. The "spirit" of Vatican II opened the gates wider for the homosexuals into the seminaries and ultimately into the priesthood. While cowardly and modernist Bishops either condoning their "lifestyle" or looking the other way.

I am not Spartacus said...

The "spirit" of Vatican II opened the gates wider for the homosexuals into the seminaries and ultimately into the priesthood

Dear Francis; When the far worse situation of public pederasty by priests prevailed in the late 10th and early 11th centuries - so bad it required public admonishing by Saint Damien in his book, Gomorrah - was that attributable to The Fourth Council of Constantinople?

Bertone watch said...

Bertone laudatur, et abit!

sam said...

Oremus ad Deum for those suffering from same-sex attraction that they may stay strong in love, faith, and fidelity to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately one of the grave consequences of VII is the overnight disintegration of religious discipline in Church.

It's cruel to permit someone suffering from same-sex attraction to enter into the priesthood or the religious life where they would be faced on a daily basis with an environment where one sex is predominant. Lets remember the words of Our Lord Jesus-Christ: "And Jesus answered him, "It is said, `You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'"" So it's not because they receive the mark of the priesthood that we should expect them to loose their affliction -- to pretend that it does is the same as tempting God.

Modernism which attempts to render the Church a secular institution has no capacity to understand the Church according to Apostolic Tradition as founded on St. Peter by Jesus Christ Our Lord. It's this attempted modernism that gave room for the break of discipline and the suppression of the faith post-VII through the Spirit of VII.

All members of the Church have a role to play that is proper to their situation: men, women, and the afflicted. Through the received Scriptures, Tradition, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Francis said...

@ I am not Spartacus:

I didn't say the texts of Vatican II opened the gates for the homosexuals I said the "spirit" of Vatican II did. Which was the modernists view of embracing the modern world through "Aggiornamento", and the rot of the counter culture in the 1960's and 70's. To compare the Fourth Council of Constantinople (which to my knowledge upheld traditional Catholic dogma) to Vatican II (which was ambiguous and in some parts relativist and Pelagian) is like comparing Pope Pius IX to John Paul the II.

I am not Spartacus said...

Dear Francis. There was a 1960 rule against admitting homosexuals to seminaries and that rule was ignored by, especially, American Bishops and that refusal to abide by the Magisterium's discipline was not attributable to even the spirit of Vat Two occurring as it did prior to that council.


Pope Blessed Pius IX and Pope Blessed John Paul II can certainly be compared and what will one do once Blessed john Paul II is Canonised and declared a Doctor of the Church as is likely to occur during the life of this soon-to-be 64 year old?

David said...

This disaster has not been caused by Vatican II ...

Really? I find this a curious remark. Are we then to believe that the "false spirit" of Vatican II is the cause? If so, then how is this position fundamentally different from that of the Pope and other "conservatives" in the hierarchy?

David said...

Let us closely watch the new head of the CDF on this.

Long-Skirts said...

FOURTH OF JULY

Happy Fourth!
Happy Fourth!
Always a Catholic
Firtht, of courth.

Happy Fourth,
And I say – eth
We’re no descent
Of Henry the eigh – eth!

Happy Fourth
U – S – A
Priests say Latin
Mass each day!

Happy Fourth!
“Latin what??!!”
A firecracker
Up Henry’s…

But – Happy Fourth,
Hank’s in his grave,
The One, True, Faith
Still frees the brave,

So Happy Fourth
Of God’s July,
In the U – S – A
A Catholic I’ll die!

Thaddeus said...

At times it seems as though one is watching a Greek tragedy being played out before them and it is very difficult indeed to view. Knowing that the Church is going through a Passion and will continue to do so, even to the point of being almost unrecognizable and seemingly dead, can only go so far to comfort one. We suffer at the sight of people or things we love being attacked and destroyed. The great difficulty is the initial acceptance of this. The pain is tempored though by the same type of anticipation that we have from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. There will be a resurection!

Peterman said...

Boy we sure can see the signs "blessed" JP2, thanks for all you did for the Church.

Woody said...

NC, with your permission, and given that the 4th of July has been mentioned, I will repeat here something that I posted over at WDTPRS several years ago (2008):

"I was privileged today to be at Holy Mass at St Anthony’s Monastery, Kennebunk, Maine, at which the prior, Fr. John Bacevicius, OFM, delivered one of his rather famous sermons offering felicitations on the national day, but recalling also the rampant secularism and immorality of the country, and looking at the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel and the Book of Revelation, noting that we need to be among those who are marked with the sign of repentance and mourning for the low state of our land. He did not hesitate to suggest that the relationship of a nation specially favored by God is like a spousal relationship, so that falling away, and worshipping other things than God, is a kind of spiritual adultery, as well as idolatry. Seeing as how we Americans are so blessed, suggesting such a special state of favor from God, then just as Israel (the archetypal favored nation) was punished collectively for its spiritual adultery and idolatry, so too might we be."

The Divine Master's student said...

Our Divine Savior has prepared us for these times by His PERFECT, ILLUMINATING WORDS:

"But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless WOE TO THAT MAN BY WHOM THE SCANDAL COMETH." Matt. 18:6-7

Before Our Omniscient Divine Judge at all times, these priestly souls who have been the devils prey are PRECISELY WARNED by their years of Biblical study prior to ordination.

The Mercy of the Omnipotent Holy Trinity has been showed to them so that they would have every support against the infernal enemy - satan. IF a soul determines to renounce the explicit counsel of Christ Our King as revealed in Matt. 18:6-7, they have the full measure of His Mercy available to them through the Confessional to defend them from diabolical temptations to despair or presumption.

"Let us go therefore with confidence to the Throne of Grace: that we may obtain Mercy, and find grace in seasonable aid." Hebrews 4:16

For those that mourn the evils of our times: "Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted." For those striving to remain pure yet Providentially placed amidst a society immersed in sensual blindness: "Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God."

Let souls now be refreshed by the following quotations:

"So also Christ was offered once to exhaust the sins of many; the second time He SHALL APPEAR without sin to them that expect him unto salvation." Hebrews 9:28

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have PEACE. In the world you shall have distress: but have CONFIDENCE, I have OVERCOME the world." John 17:33

Pax Christi!

Peter said...

The clerical abuse of minors is filthy muck, but what is worse has been its cover up, or attempted over up, by the authorities within the Church.

Make no mistake, this mentality to cover up, or to "deal with this in our own way" has not gone away.

In my opinion, it's all mixed up with the notion "we know best".

Well, that may be true of priests who, say, take to the bottle. But that is not a crime.

But, as far as I can see, the crimes of of pederasts and epebophiles is a matter for the civil authorities.

When a man betrays the Church and breaks the law, he must face the consequences.

Peter Rother said...

I very much apologize to New Catholic, but I must add tO the preceding post of Bishops Judging Bishops. I understand if you should remove or move or edit this post. St. Thomas Aquinas indicated that Jesus was mediator between God and man because he was both God in totality and man in perfection. No layperson should ever judge a Bishop. I may have my private thoughts, but it is his brethren or his superior to command.

Steve Mosquera said...

Peter hit it on the head.
The seeming systematic cover up is the most damning. Normal people who believe in justice do not understand how those in power within the church could have such an unspoken policy or culture. (seemingly as most reports come out of skewed media)

That being said no one has ever gone to the root of the problem to my knowledge in either the media or within the church itself. I'd really like to know why things are the way they are at the very least to explain the reason why to those who have fallen away for this very reason....

Pray for the soul of JPII said...

I don't think JPII's "springtime" failed at all. We are now reaping the yield of harvest from all the seeds that he sowed during his 26 year pontificate.

Jeremiah Methuselah said...

Peter,

Thank you. You strike the nail smack on the head. The undoubtedly repeated cover-ups, by so many Catholic prelates, is entirely indefensible, no matter whoever authorised it/them. It’s shocking, to the core.

How did they arise - were they “obeying” ? How do I know ? They seem, largely, to have gotten away with it. But, of course, let us not judge them on this.

Going entirely against the grain of righteousness, preferring to conceal instead of revealing and punishing - and deterring - completely against justice. Souls were corrupted as an absoluitely direct result of this, why is it not acknowledged ? I mean everywhere, so much revealed and, I fear, more to come, God help us. Parce nobis Domine.

How did Catholic bishops fall into this unspeakable error ? I wish I knew.

How on earth can we explain this to our enemies ? (While we are feeling utterly sick, sick, inside).

It will not go away.

LeonG said...

Father Gerald Fitzgerald of the priestly order which treated paedophile priests stated in the 1950s that such priests would never be cured of their problem and should be removed from the ministry. He suggested the purchase of an island where they could isolated and looked after.
Pope Paul VI in his wisdom rejected this as a proposal after various consultations. The abusers were allowed to continue in their ministries and moved around with disastrous consequences.
The encroaching liberal diocesan hand; changing social norms, values and mores; increasingly liberal attitudes and psychodynamic approaches to such problems did nothing to help the situation. As this permeated eccelsiastical thinking the qualities in candidates to the priesthood altered in many seminaries with parallel sexual catastrophe. Thus, while the church has had past problems with abusive clerics this has increased exponentially in the post-SWW years.
Unfortunately, under Pope John Paul II the problem accelerated because nothing effective was done about a well-known problem within the church during that time. Words were lost but it was systematic covering-up, negelect and denial that created the massive issue it is now. Illustrative of the approach is the Maciel affair and in the moving-on of known priest child abusers.
Each month brings with it new revelations of clerical and episcopal abuse and with it increasing anger and frustration by visctims and their families with this tardy almost reluctant administration.

Shane said...

"But, as far as I can see, the crimes of of pederasts and epebophiles is a matter for the civil authorities."

...who have not covered themselves in glory either. Up until recently it was standard practice in many western countries to give suspended sentences to convincted child rapists.

Pray harder for bishops. said...

A judgement is not necessarily bad nor always followed by a condemnation. Everything we do in life demands that we make a judgement. Including whether or not to reject what a bishop says in the words coming out of his own mouth.

Here is what I found in the Haydock Commentary on the Douay Rheims. This was, for me anyway, a valuable read.:

Matthew vii.

Notes & Commentary:

Ver. 1. Judge not,[1] or condemn not others rashly, that you may not be judged or condemned. (Witham) --- St. Jerome observes, Christ does not altogether forbid judging, but directs us how to judge. Where the thing does not regard us, we should not undertake to judge. Where it will bear a favourable interpretation, we should not condemn. Magistrates and superiors, whose office and duty require them to judge faults, and for their prevention to condemn and punish them, must be guided by evidence, and always lean towards the side of mercy, where there are mitigating circumstances. Barefaced vice and notorious sinners should be condemned and reprobated by all. (Haydock) --- In this place, nothing more is meant than that we should always interpret our neighbor's actions in the most favourable light. God permits us to judge of such actions as cannot be done with a right intention, as murder. As to indifferent actions, we must always judge in the most favourable sense. There are two things in which we must be particularly on our guard: 1. With what intention such an action was done. 2. Whether the person who appears wicked will not become good. (St. Jerome)
---

JFM said...

No, the situation itself does not speak to Vatican II. But the lack of forthright discipline and common sense does speak to the legacy of that Council. Only in the modern Church has language ceased to used for clarity and instead for as permissive an understanding of doctrine, morals, and discipline as possible. Church needs to man up, clean house, and speak plainly, not like some Barthian or Rowan Williams-y erudites.

MKT said...

On the topic of laymen judging bishops, since this touches on the apocalyptic nature of this current post ...

The Catholic faithful should have a sensus fidelis. We are taught right from wrong. When we plainly see a fellow Catholic, and particularly a member of Catholic clergy, either stating something heretical or conducting himself in an unworthy manner, we are to speak up either directly to the face or to the appropriate Catholic authorities.

Failing to do so can become a sin of omission on our parts.

While a layman cannot declare someone a formal heretic we can certainly suspect someone of material heresy and speak up about it and enquire of the Church authorities to investigate it or to declare on it. This is our birthright as Catholics.

When we see priests leaving the parish in civvies and jeans, we don't judge them, but don't hold me back asking Father, which party are you off to without your clerical garb? He may set me straight and show me that I need not be concerned, but I am not to be demonized for questioning.

Whatever morality on judging clerics we may hold our consciences to, when bishops and cardinals deliberately move pederasts to new parishes, effectively unleashing them on new scores of innocents, do we close our eyes to that? Do we not cry out to the Church authorities, do we not scream out in disgust at such scandal?

As a teenager I experienced one occasion of a priest during face to face confession start caressing my thigh. I was a teenager and did not know what to make of it - back then the whole homosexual thing was not discussed or publicized as it is nowadays. It made me feel uncomfortable and I never went to that priest again. Being a much older individual I know now that the priest was making a sexual advance on me even though I did not understand that fully at that time. The weird look on his face that I still recall tells me that he was acting immorally and abusing his clerical position - I don't think I am judging and am happy to let God judge definitively but the facts are the facts.

A priest at another parish - some 20 years later - preached that infant baptism was not necessary and falsely claimed that the Church did not believe in it anymore. I challenged him and wrote him a single page explanation as to why he was wrong. I'm not judging him but he preached heresy that day during Mass before hundreds and I called him on it - do I judge him a heretic? I refer to him as a material heretic, but I have no authority to assume that he would formalize his heresy if brought before an Ecclesial Tribunal.

Another priest for YEARS gave Bible Studies at a parish, coupled with the Study of Vatican 2 texts, where he taught on and off the pulpit, publicly and privately that Angels were not true corporal beings but just figurative metaphors for God's messages. I don't judge him a heretic, but there is no doubt he blatantly taught heresy - had I been more informed at the time I would have challenged him and brought him before the authorities on a charge of material heresy. Let the tribunal then decide if he would recant or formalize his heresy.

I would be happy to sign a petition to the Holy Father asking for an investigation on Archbp Muller's theological orthodoxy on the Holy Eucharist, The Perpetual Virginity of the Queen of Heaven and other matters based on his writings. But with him at the head of the CDF how would such an investigation be conducted without conflict of interest?

I would be happy to provide a court witness against a pederast bishop or cleric if I have knowledge that can help convict them and bar them for injuring more people.

I am Catholic, and will call evil evil and good good. I am happy to be judged on that.

Marla said...

But MKT, I did not see you say that you would be fervently praying for them. If you do not also add them to your prayers, there is no mercy or charity in what you did. It doesn't have to feel good, just do it. That is how you punish the real Enemy in all that you described.

MKT said...

Dear Marla

My point was in reference to the topic of laymen judging clerics.

It behooves every Catholic to pray for those who do injury to them and goes without saying.

Steve Mosquera said...

As Jeremiah Methuselah and I have said. Someone please give us the ammunition we need to defend the faith as lay people.

How in the world could this happen?

Anonymous said...

Oh thank you, MKT! I'm so happy now!
God bless you!
Marla

John Fisher said...

Firstly apologies for spelling errors in my previous post. Typing at 3.00am in an emotional state. The reason the Church is hated by many is because of hypocacy.The Church and many here rightly tell the world where its vices are. However in as much as the vices of the world exist amongst laity, priests and bishops and nothing is done the Church is guilty of cant. Posturing and voicing a party line WITHOUT action against corrupt clergy who support homosexuality and sexual vices is the reason sexual abuse happens in the Church. http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2012/06/28/3535079.htm Please watch this story on Pell called Unholy Silence. It is from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
I was shocked to realise what liars liberal clergy are. I would ask the bloggers and others to watch this disturbing story. The enemies of the Church will always in a strange way respect a Church that takes its own medicine!

LeonG said...

John Fisher said

"I was shocked to realise what liars liberal clergy are...."

This is the nature of "covering-up" - systematic mendacity. -

Much of the same approach has been used to liberalise the church - episcopal dishonesty on a systematic scale.

LeonG said...

If we have anough courage to read the details about some of the past and ongoing cases, church authorities are still placing procedural obstacles in the way of due legal processes. It is unimaginable that churchmen still think they can get away with covering-up and hampering the judicial process.

St. Augustine's echo said...

As we review these factual accounts of gravely sinful actions, St. Augustine can clarify the proper manner of a personal response to these horrors:

"Concerning those things, then, which are known to God, unknown to us, we judge our neighbors at our peril. Of these the Lord hath said, "Judge not, that you may not be judged." But concerning things which are open and public evils, we may and must judge and rebuke, but still with charity and love, hating not the man, but the sin, detesting not the vicious man but the vice, the disease more than the sick man. For unless the open adulterer, thief, habitual drunkard, traitor, or proud man were judged and punished, in them would be fulfilled what the blessed martyr Cyprian hath said. 'He who soothes a sinner with flattering words, provides fuel for his sin.'"

Divine Mercy's mendicant said...

Aghast by such public records, some of Our Lord's admonitions come to mind.

The first leads us to examine our own consciences meticulously prior to examining others. If Divine Providence is placing this awareness before us of such sins amongst clerics, what are our lives immersed in?

"And why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye; and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye? Or how sayest thou to thy brother: let me cast the mote out of thy eye; and behold a beam is in thy own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast our first the beam out of thy own eye, and then shalt thou see to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." Matt. 7: 3-5

The second admonition leads us to beg Mercy for those souls and ours:
"For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged; and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again." Matt.7:2 St. Chrysostom adds: "In what way thine own sins shall be examined, thou hast thyself provided a rule, by judging severely the things in which thy neighbor has offended, for judgment withou mercy to him that hath not done mercy.(James 2:13)"

While we echo St. James' next words: "And mercy exalteth itself above judgment", may the Angels mercifully conduct our docile souls with their pristine precision along the Path of Providence to our Heavenly Homeland although it must wind through and around the quicksand, quagmires, and the mine fields of temptation and sin that surround our society.

Gratias said...

Gratias Long-Skirts for making our Fouth of July better.

Shane said...

Pursuant to my previous comment, this is in today's 'Irish Examiner' newspaper. An Anglican complains that Protestant abuse has been ignored: http://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/guest-columnist/protestant-abuse-history-has-been-swept-under-the-carpet-brby-victoria-white-199687.html

Ceolfrid said...

Just out of curiousity... How many of these stories had to do with priests or bishops of the FSSPX?

Bruce said...

A SIMPLE BIT OF ADVISE FOR EVERYONE: WHEN YOU HAVE EVIDENCE OF A CRIME, REPORT IT TO THE POLICE! MANY OF THESE CASES ARE EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE NOT DOING THIS.

Picard said...

Not-spartacus
has a poit here - there were always this kind of sins, also in some centuries long ago - and to evaluate the quantity is a difficult thing.

But it is also very unlikely that in better times this were so massive, methinks....
- but anyway, the worse thing is of course the heresies and "self-destroction" of the Church nowdays.

Btw., the "spirit of Vat. II" was of course also there before VII - otherwise it could not have influenced the Council what it really has.

It was there before, during/in and after VII - ante, in, post - and especially not to forget that "in", like some prelates love to reject that "in"-facts...!

R.C. said...

Oh, for heaven's sake, there isn't anything about what the Church taught in Vatican II that makes priests fondle children.

This problem is as old as 1930. If Anglicans could separate sexual pleasure from the procreative potential towards which God directed it, why not Catholics? It took the following 40 years for Catholic practice to shift towards embrace of artificial contraception...by which time Humanae Vitae, for all its supposed boldness, was too little, too late. What was needed was Humanae Vitae in 1930, not 1968, and the last twenty years' popularization of the teaching to come to full flower prior to 1960.

That's what we needed.

That's what we didn't get.

Consequently, every act which decouples sexual pleasure from the stable and fruitful family life towards which sexual pleasure is directed has been normalized and popularized. After that, the contamination of the water supply with estrogens -- more from animal waste runoff than from synthetic sources, but the synthetic ones are harder to break down -- was the straw that broke the camel's back.

Nicea or Trent could have happened in 1962, and they'd have been equally responsible for the multiplying sexual perversions.