Earlier today I posted the following:
21 September 2017 “Pope candidly admits Church ‘arrived late’ in confronting abuse” & related article
I said I would comment. The article and what I have read elsewhere on the Holy Father’s comments annoyed me, so, here goes. A few quick thoughts (with quites fromt he articles in itlaics)…
Pope Francis …said on Thursday the Catholic Church had “arrived late” in dealing with the problem.
“There is the reality that the Church arrived at the consciousness of these crimes a bit late,” he said.
“When consciousness arrives late, the means to resolve the problems also arrive late. I am aware of this difficulty but it is reality and I say it plainly: We arrived late.”
In this instance I suggest that the Holy Father can speak for himself an d those of his fellow bishops and Cardinals who have covered up for and tolerated predatory clergy.
It is not “the Church” which has arrived late at this “consciousness. ” There have been laws in the Church against clerical sexual abuse throughout the ages and, withness the following, it has been recognized for the perversion, sin and abomination that it is.
Yes, of course, as with laws everywhere, they will to enforce is required, but there has always been a recognition of the ‘problem’ and accompanying laws to penalize these clerical predators.
I can add that in more recent times, we can go back to 1952 when a Father Gerald Fitzgerald was strongly arguing that clergy who are “tampering with the virtue of the young” should be laicized (defrocked)
2. Falling asleep
“The old practice of moving people around and not confronting the problem made consciences fall asleep,” he said.
What is he talking about? What pray tell is the Holy Father talking about?
“Made consciousness fall asleep”? Whose consciousness fell asleep? And, in light of Church teaching, the Bible and the utterances of the great Saints and likes of Father Fitzgerald throughout the years, how did they manage to fall asleep?
3. The commission
Francis acknowledged that the commission, which was founded in 2014, had to “swim against the tide,” a reference to high level defections from its ranks.
The founding of the commission was another case of re-inventing the wheel. What more needs to be known about priests who are wolves in sheep’s clothing? What more needs to be said about the damage done by the rape of a child’s soul?
4. A “Sickness”
Francis said that everyone had to realize that sexual abuse is “a sickness” with a high probability of relapse.
“That person may repent today … but may commit it again after two years. We have to put it into our heads that this is a sickness,” he said.
Most of us know that, when it comes to clerical molesters, there is indeed a high probability of relapse, but, to then try to rationalize this abhorrent SIN as a sickness goes beyond the pall.
I suppose perhaps we could say it is a spiritual sickness? I will have to think that through a little, because I do believe that those who are truly spiritually healthy would never lay a wayward hand on a child. Never.
But, a “sickness”? As in, by the sound of it, a physical or mental sickness?
Heaven help us ! Now we’re into the “poor father, he has no control over what he says or does. Poor Father – it’s the sickness, you see. There’s nothing he can do about it.”
This is secular think. Totally secular. “Poor poor Father. He can’t help it.”
What about sin? S.I.N.
Is there anything in the Bible which declares clerical sexual abuse to be a sickness? I think not. There is, of course, the warning about the millstones. Right? Better that he who scandalizes one of these little ones be thrown into the depths of the sea with a millstone round his neck?
There’s nary a word there about sickness, is there?
Furthermore, is there anywhere in the 2000 year history of official Church teaching wherein clerical sexual abuse is declared to be a sickness? I think not. There, are however, the wise and prudent words regarding scanad by St. Alphonsus De Legouri and the many great saints whom he quotes. Nary an excuse there, is there? The sinner carries the burden. No shuffling it off on things like sickness, is there?
Please please please, let’s start calling a spade a spade. No more excuses. No more rationalizing. No more tap dancing. Just, please get then out of the priesthood.
Enough for now,