“The last temptation is the greatest treason:
To do the right deed for the wrong reason.”
( “Murder in the Cathedral”, T. S. Eliot)
In the eleventh century, Saint Peter Damien wrote that, “The popes had politicized the papacy by appropriating its spiritual functions for secular ends.”
In the twentieth century, Father Malachi Martin wrote the following about recent popes, Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I and John Paul II,
“Marking the pontificates of each of those men was one fatal error, the use of their spiritual office to obtain leverage in the political, and diplomatic, and civic, and cultural worlds; and then using that leverage instead of the spiritual power and moral authority that was uniquely theirs.”
“And here, Your Eminences, we are at the root cause of our pain, our struggle, and our own deathly peril: our failure and the failure of our popes, to use the Church’s spiritual power to exercise its moral authority.”
This error that Father Malachi Martin and St. Peter Damien refers to, that is, politicizing the papacy by appropriating its spiritual functions for secular ends has been evident in virtually every single act of the current papacy. Its corollary is evident not only in the pope and hierarchy but throughout almost the entirety of the responses of the laity. I refer to the indifference to using the Church’s spiritual power to exercise its moral authority.
Bishops’ Remarks Bring Hope?
In a recent article at Lifesite News, five Bishops were featured for their comments on the sex abuse crisis. It was stated that the remarks of the five bishops brought hope. Bishop Paprocki: ” I think we do have a responsibility to take care of our sheep,” “Our Holy Father has called us to accompany our sheep. Our people are crying out for some action.” So from Bishop Paprocki we get vague platitudes about “accompanyoing our sheep”. Sorry, but no hope here.
Bishop Cozzens was quoted as saying he also “dreams of a day ‘when we as brothers are strong enough to say to another brother in our region, ‘We think you should resign,’ even if he’s not ready to hear that. ‘We think that in fact these things are serious enough that you should resign.’ ’” Perhaps it is time for Bishop Cozzens to wake up and smell Bishop Paprocki’s sheep. No hope here.
Bishop Shawn McKnight, stressed “the necessity of the laity in helping us get out of this mess.” McKnight also “echoed the thought voiced earlier in the meeting by St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop Bernard Hebda in a homily ‘that we need to study the root causes of the abuse of power by U.S. hierarchy.’ ” That is to say, form more committees and study the wrong problems while assiduously avoiding the real problem. Perhaps he should read the excellent report from Randy Engel wherein she notes Msgr. Hebda’s complicity. No hope at all.
Bishop Joseph Strickland was closest to an actual Catholic response in his remarks. “It’s part of our deposit of faith that we believe homosexual activity is immoral,” he said. “The people, those that we label homosexual, are children of God, and they need our great care,” Bishop Strickland continued. “But to me that real care comes from acknowledging the sin, and the reality that all of us are sinners called from sin to virtue.” Now, we are getting somewhere. Homosexual actions are immoral and have no place in the sacred priesthood. He is cause for hope.
We saved the best for last. Bishop Thomas Daly, wondered if the sex abuse may possibly have occurred “because we have certain bishops or priests who don’t see anything wrong with consensual sex between adults?” Do you think? Really? Bishop Daly, talk with Bishop Strickland. Please.
So, of the five, there was one flicker of hope.
NOTE as of 24 November, (Link) the Pope is proving consistent in his response to the crisis: In order to assure an authentic Catholic response, he has named Cardinal Cupich to organize the Vatican’s February Summit on clerical sexual abuse. May Jesus have mercy on us all.
Since the Bishops – and Pope – seem to have lost their sensus fidei, I offer this help once again: It is my post, “Lamentation“:
A new penitential psalm for the Episcopacy of the United States of America.
O all ye faithful! Weep over us, miserable souls given over to the dregs of impurity; we are to be lamented with a whole fountain of tears.
We mourn the noble souls, made in the image and likeness of God and united with the most precious blood of Christ, more glorious than many episcopal mansions and vast tax-free properties. Therefore we lament the fall of our “Excellent” and “Eminent” souls and the destruction of so many immortal souls of our trusting flock.
May our eyes fail from weeping, may they pour out abundant streams of tears, and may they water sad and mournful expressions with continuous crying. May our eyes spring forth tears with the prophet day and night, and may they not cease because the Church, the beautiful Bride of Christ has been crushed with the worst of blows, the holy Church has been cruelly injured with the dart of impurity by the enemy of the human race, and she is now seen lying rigid and swollen in the sulfurous embers of Gomorrah, pestilently corrupted by the poison of unnatural lust.
O Lord, have mercy on us! For we have become a lethal wound festering in the body of the church!
The iniquity of the hierarchy of the Church is made greater than the sin of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment. Indeed, the evil of our consecrated souls surpasses the sin of the Sodomites, because it has spurned the sacred priesthood to which it is solemnly consecrated and is thereby vehemently reprimanded by its own knowledge of the divine law and its indifference to the profusion of graces offered by our loving and merciful Savior.
Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we are weak: heal us, O Lord, for our souls are troubled exceedingly: but Thou, O Lord, how long?
Consider our wretchedness, how much the darkness oppresses our souls. Take note how densely the fog of blindness envelops us. We have become the prey of demons, the plunder of the cruel, the booty of the impious. For we have turned a blind eye to the sins of our priests which we were obliged to correct and our silence has granted them permission to sin against innocent children entrusted to them.
Our sores are become putrified and corrupted, because of our foolishness and iniquities.
Our vice has been the death of bodies, the destruction of souls; it has polluted the flesh, extinguished the light of the intellect, and has expelled the Holy Ghost from the temple of the hearts of our victims, and has sought to remove the truth completely from the minds it has deceived.
We are become miserable, and bowed down even to the end: We walk in sorrows all the day long. For our loins are filled with illusions; and there is no health in our flesh.
The plague of our iniquities has removed the foundation of faith, enervated the strength of hope, broken the tie of charity, and it has destroyed justice, undermined fortitude, banished temperance, and introduced every barbarity of vice.
We are ready for scourges: and our sorrows are continually before us. Therefore we will declare our iniquity: and will think on our sins.
We have fallen into this abyss of most extreme perdition, we deserve to be exiled from the heavenly homeland, separated from the body of Christ, confounded by the authority of the whole Church, condemned by the judgment of all of the holy Fathers, despised among men on earth, and rejected from the fellowship of heavenly citizenry.
Forsake us not, O Lord our God: do not Thou depart from us. Attend unto our help, O Lord, the God of our salvation. Turn away Thy face from our sins, and blot out all our iniquities.
Deeply aware of our unhappy state, we now come before Thee, Lord to implore Thy pardon. O Sweet Savior, look not on our sins but see our great need of Thy mercy! We trust in Thy mercy, O Lord, let us not be confounded forever!
By the help of Thy grace, we promise to repent of our past ingratitude and infidelity every day and firmly resolve never to offend Thee again, and to avoid the occasions of sin. Through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary we will from henceforth make reparation for our sins, and the sins of the Church, and unfailingly beg the conversion of all poor sinners that the reign of Thy Sacred Heart through the Immaculate Heart of Mary be established throughout the Church and the world. Amen.
Our Bishops must repent! We ourselves must repent! Let us all show these poor, lost men how to turn back to God, seek His mercy, learn to rely on His graces, guided by the one He has sent us, His own most pure Mother and her Rosary. It has been given to her alone to purify the Church and this begins with each of us, in our hearts, in our souls in the love of our Mother.
Until our own hearts and souls are purified, we can not hope to restore the Church. Quoting from Rosary to the Interior, for the Purification of the Church:
“The Church has now been penetrated by a darkness greater than at any time in its history – not only the darkness of sexual sins and other moral “filth”, but that which consists of every conceivable form of error masking itself as truth, and of darkness masquerading as light. The task of unmasking these “thoughts”, and thus paving the way to the Triumph of the Truth of Christ, has been entrusted to Mary. Most specifically, it has been entrusted to Our Lady of the Rosary. St. Paul writes, “The night is passed, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light.” The Rosary, as revealed in the messages of Our Lady of Fatima, is this armor of light possessing the power from God to cast off the works of darkness which now pervade the Church, the world, and especially the minds and hearts of individual Catholics.”
To be as succinct as possible: The shocking state of the Church today demands that we faithful humble ourselves and seek to follow the commands of Our Lady at Fatima. When you have lost your way, return to the last place you knew was the right place. That is Fatima. Return to Fatima. Seek to serve God as He wills and put away your own vain plans and actions. Note: Please don’t forget your preparation for reconsecration to the Immaculata on her great feast day, December 8.
Now is the time to arm ourselves spiritually for this great battle which rages ever more intensely with each new affront, each new offense to Our Lord, “Who is already so much offended.” The hour is indeed late.
Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him!
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
† Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
† St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
† St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!
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