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Only One Way Out from Here

The Church in America is in crisis. The lowest of lows. But I believe it's going to get worse. A lot, lot, lot, lot worse.
We just had the Pennsylvania attorney general's report show credible allegations of 300 priests abusing 1,000 minors. We've seen a cardinal credibly accused.

Now many other attorneys general in other states are preparing to undertake similar investigations, which will likely unearth horrors. And each state will come out with their own report and each report will be announced (gleefully in some corners) by the media. We are essentially looking at years of pain ahead for the Church as parish priests, bishops, and perhaps even cardinals are implicated in the coverup.

As painful as it will certainly be, I say, bring it on. Flannery O' Connor once wrote that “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” And the truth will be difficult. But I want it all out. And if the trail leads all the way back to the Vatican, so be it. It will be calamitous, embarrassing, and painful but in the end it is only the truth that shall set us free.
Purification is always painful.

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*subhead*The truth shall set us free.*subhead*

Thoughts on the Abuse Crisis from some Rando Catholic in the Pew

The following was written from one of my non-blogging brothers who was moved to write his thoughts on the abuse crisis. Definitely worth a read:

My brothers are Catholic bloggers: I am a struggling, practicing Catholic. Yet I feel that unless the usually quiet members of the faithful step up and demand a change we are in danger of losing the Church. I am personally tired of letters from our pastor and a video from our bishop extolling accountability using platitudes and focus group tested drivel that says nothing and accomplish even less. It is funny that today’s epistle was about works without faith and faith without works as these letters and videos are the epitome of words without action. It is pretty clear that at some point the leadership of the Catholic Church in America decided to confront the abuse crisis as CEOs rather than as clergy concerned with the physical well-being and souls of the flock. The moment that bishops engaged in liability management the world changed. So, to return the church to its rightful focus it is time for the faithful to speak the language of the bishops.

I propose that for the entire month of November that we all stop putting money in the collection basket. I mean zero. A month will send a strong message that this lack of accountability and loss of focus on the mission of the Church will no longer be tolerated. Once people get used to not giving in the collection plate and find better places for their charitable contributions it will be difficult to return to the old level of giving. I know some will immediately say this is too harsh and the poor will suffer. So, lets all give generously to food pantries in our parishes to help those in the most need. Others will say there are bills to pay and we can’t do this. I say no one is going to close a church because of some late payments. (The cynic in me says tell them to sell a statue or two.) There is a choice to made here between reclaiming moral authority and balancing the books, but I believe that without moral authority there soon will be no books to balance.

But what is it that we want the Church to do.

(1) The Church needs to commit to turning over every past, present or future allegation of abuse to local law enforcement by the end of 2018. These are not moral failings that require prayer and penance but are the most heinous of crimes and law enforcement is equipped to investigate crimes. I am not naive, and I understand that some allegations will be false, and some will be fabricated to gain a lucrative payday. That seems to be the price to regain the position of moral authority.

(2) Going forward any member of the clergy that doesn’t report an allegation of abuse will be de-frocked. Period

(3) Every bishop in America needs to be reassigned so that no bishop will be in the position of covering up crimes that committed on their watch. Additionally, each newly reassigned bishop must review with every parish or institution under their supervision all past records to insure there are no more Pittsburg-like time bombs waiting to go off. If this results in new crimes and identifies more cover-ups, so be it. Report them all to law enforcement and de-frock any member of the clergy that didn’t report the incidents.

(4) Much of Archbishop Vigano’s letter had an under-current that much of the crisis can be blamed on homosexual priests. This is not a gay or straight crisis but a predator crisis. Let’s rid the Church of the predators before we attach evil to a sexual orientation. Fittingly, today’s gospel was about casting out Satan and that is what we need to do here. This is pure evil and that is Satan. It seems that the military and law enforcement do extensive screening to avoid giving guns to psychopaths. The Church needs to implement some new screening processes in its seminaries to identify and cull out predators. As with law enforcement some will beat all the screening but as a Church we need to do much better than we are currently doing.

This is the point where some will say a boycott is in order, but I think that is exactly backwards. Now is the time for all Catholics—the observant, the practicing, the Christmas and Easter only crowd, lapsed Catholics and those who self-identify as Catholics and don’t even know where their parish Church is anymore Catholics- to return to Church. The reason Catholic churches are so large is the need to accommodate large crowds twice a year. Let’s all make an effort in November to have the largest attendance with no cash being given and send a clear message to our Church leaders—fix it while you still can or there may not be a Church to save in the future.

*subhead*Power and money.*subhead*

I guess the media actually loves Catholics!

Gee, for years I thought the media was opposed to Catholicism. But the way the media is defending the pope so vociferously is quite heartening. I guess I had them all wrong.

Reuters: "Conservative media move to front line of battle to undermine Pope Francis"

NY Times: "Vatican Power Struggle Bursts Into Open as Conservatives Pounce"


The Most Insane Church Events...This Week

The Catholic Church is currently attempting to break a record for a certain amount of a certain substance hitting the fan in the space of one week. And just when you think that it's done, they redouble their efforts.

First, there was Archbishop Vigano delivering an 11 page roundhouse that included explosive allegations that Pope Francis knew about and ignored accusations of sexual abuse against the now-disgraced Archbishop McCarrick.

There hasn't been such a devastating punch since Chuck Norris killed Bruce Lee. And that's only made up. This was real.

Then came the response. With the fast twitch impulses of an MMA fighter mixed with toxic unlikability, the pope's defenders struck back, accusing the archbishop of all sorts of things including covering up abuse himself. This was a weak effort. Their defense reminds me of when my little ones play a video game and just press all the buttons on the controller wildly, hoping that they'll stumble on to some combination that wins the game. The thing is, sometimes it does. But most times it just makes things worse.

You know how a child learns not to touch the hot pan because they touch it once, burn themselves. That's not how the Vatican seems to learn as it's now covered in third degree burns and they're still putting out press releases that they've figured out a new way to touch the pan.

But then, showing the ability to learn slower than concussed dyslexic primates, the Vatican responded by issuing the worst no comment since Cain. With the world looking for clarity on this terrible issue, Pope Francis issued a sickeningly depressing "no comment" and then urged the media to dig around and see what they could come up with. "When a little time has passed and you have the conclusions perhaps I will talk.." he said.


That's a politicians answer. That's not an appropriate response from the Holy Father. It's not even a good politician's response. It's the response from the guy whose lawyer just whispered in his ear.

Somehow in the last 2,000 years we went from Jesus saying, "Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one..." or "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” to "When a little time has passed and you have the conclusions perhaps I will talk.."

I seriously thought that there could never be a worse response to these allegations. And then Cardinal Cupich opened his mouth. "The Pope has a bigger agenda," he said. "He's got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the church. We're not going to go down a rabbit hole on this."

So...protecting the environment is more important than protecting young people and seminarians from Uncle Ted.

And then Abp. Cupich said that the only reason people are against Pope Francis is because he's a Latino. Which is just priceless because...HE'S NOT! As if that mattered anyway.

And now Archbishop Vigano has gone into hiding, fearing for his life. What?! A prince of the Church is fearing for his life because he dropped the dime on the pope. You know, the Church does kind of have the motto about "thou shall not kill." But let's be fair, if Abp. Vigano thinks these people covered up sex crimes, I guess it's not that weird to think they might resort to something else. Cue the albino monk assassin.

I think the most shocking thing about all this is that Edward Pentin, the journalist who broke the original story, is not living under an assumed name in Switzerland yet with round the clock armed guards protecting him.

At some point, an incredibly sad truth hit me. These people are supposed to be acting as our shepherds. But in many cases the shepherds are part time wolves. And in their spare time, they're politicians. I'm almost not sure which is worse.


What dollar figure would make abortion worth it?

Chelsea Clinton said that abortion is awesome because it's got great benefits to the economy:

Whether you fundamentally care about reproductive rights and access rights, because these are not the same thing, if you care about social justice or economic justice, agency – you have to care about this.
It is not a disconnected fact – to address this t-shirt of 1973 – that American women entering the labor force from 1973 to 2009 added three and a half trillion dollars to our economy. Right?
The net, new entrance of women – that is not disconnected from the fact that Roe became the law of the land in January of 1973…
So, I think, whatever it is that people say they care about, I think that you can connect to this issue.
This is utilitarianism. Some shall suffer but it's ok because it's good for the economy which is for the greater good.

But I'm interested in a figure here. What's the dollar figure that makes it worth it to kill unborn children? Let's divide 3.5 trillion by 60 million aborted babies. And we've got legalized abortion is a net gain of $58,333 for each dead unborn child. So besides the fact that it's total malarkey, what dollar figure would they comfortable with? 530,000? $10,000? $1,000? Less?


Thank goodness, somebody rescued all those lost Ohio votes!!!

Headline: Ohio race just got closer after county finds hundreds of uncounted votes.

Me: Finally, Americans doing the election meddling that Russians aren't willing to do. #americafirst


Notre Dame Refuses to Revoke Honor of McCarrick -For Now

Last week, The Catholic University of America withdrew the honorary degree it had awarded to Archbishop Theodore McCarrick over a decade earlier. Fordham University had done the same earlier. In light of the very serious allegations that he abused an underage altar boy and the fact that the charges were found "credible and substantiated" by the Archdiocese of New York and Pope Francis asked for his resignation, it is clear that this is the correct move.

But it was announced yesterday that the University of Notre Dame will NOT revoke the honorary degree it awarded him -at least not yet. Why? The pope has taken action, very serious action, so why is this not enough to inspire the university to take a similarly serious action and revoke the honor it bestowed on McCarrick in 2008?

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My 18 year old daughter asked if she could stay out until 1 am tonight. "What! No way! Are you crazy? Why?" was my completely rational reaponse in my completely rational tone.

She responded that she was going to adoration and nobody is scheduled to take the hour after her so she thought she would stay until the next person came.

Oh, well ok then. #goodparentingproblems


Well, We're Not Talking About the Abuse Crisis Today

Well, you've got to give it to Pope Francis. We're not talking about the sex abuse crisis today.


BREAKING: Pope Francis changes Catechism to declare death penalty ‘inadmissible’
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Editor's Note: See LifeSiteNews columnist Peter Kwasniewski's reaction to today's news: "Pope Francis’ change to Catechism contradicts natural law and the deposit of Faith."
ROME, August 2, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis has revised the 1992 Catechism promulgated by Pope St. John Paul II, to teach that the death penalty is “inadmissible” and that the Church “works with determination for its abolition worldwide.”


Court Says Catholic Adoption Agency Must Adopt Modern Sexual Standards

Religious freedom? Tolerance? I don't think those words mean what they think they mean.

CNS News:

Earlier this month, in a first-of-its-kind case, a federal judge ruled that a Christian adoption provider’s religious freedom claims must submit to the government’s sexual and moral standards. Catholic Social Services simply wanted to continue serving Philadelphia’s needy children in accordance with its beliefs, as it had for decades, but the city severed ties with the group when it refused to violate its faith and agree to place children in homes without both a mother and a father. Aside from the preliminary problem of considering a religious organization to be a public accommodation (usually reserved for commercial establishments), the trouble truly started when the court analyzed the organization’s free exercise claim.

As the court recognized, the Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission requires cases such as this to “be resolved with tolerance.” But the court then proceeded to settle this one with significant intolerance toward Catholic Social Services.
Make no mistake they are coming. They will not stop. They'll say that the government has the right to determine who it gives contracts to but what they're doing is discriminating against Catholics. And as the government gets larger and larger that will leave a smaller place in the public sphere for religious organizations to exist.