Criticism, Unfairness, Blank Checks, etc.
When Moses tarried alittle too long with God on Mount Horeb the people down below got a little tired of waiting and built their own god. It was a golden calf made from all the donated golden jewelry of the people.
Jesus warned in a parable that when the Master was away and seemed tarry a bit too long that some of the servants reasoned, "'My master is delayed in coming,' and begins to abuse the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and an hour he does not know, and will punish him and put him with the unfaithful."
NOTHING will change if we allow the bishops to snowball us into thinking that a few policy changes are going to solve the present crisis in the priesthood of the United States. The truth is such policies have been in place since the late 1980's and one can see that nothing changed because of them.
A real to honest conversion to Jesus Christ is needed!
We need a St. Francis to rise up and to "rebuild the church that is falling into ruin" before our very eyes. We do not need accountants, public relations people, attorneys, psychologists and all of the kings men trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together again, because it is not Humpty Dumpty that we are concerned with here, but the Church--the Body of Christ!
REMORSE at what bishops and clergy may have done is what I expect other clergy to be remarking upon revelation of these allegations. SORROW at the horrible effect of their sins and our own on the BODY OF CHRIST is what I feel. But not remorse and sorrow about how these horrible revelations will effect fund raising.
God will not be mocked. The Holy Spirit is giving evidence that He is working through the Church right now, daily. I do not wish to stifle the Spirit. I embrace this call for reform, it is part of my prayer when I pray the Office, when I pray the Rosary, when I attend Mass daily, when I pray to God throughout the day.
Jesus said not to judge and I take that to heart. But Jesus made no bones about pointing out hypocrisy, especially in the religious figures of his day, when it kept others from knowing the compassion and mercy of God. So the way I see it that means that if a bishop or priest has personally caused me some harm, I wouldn't judge him--in fact I would bless him and pray for him.
But if I see that the actions of the same bishop or priest is causing harm to others--then I need to point that out. Silence about such matters is not Christian it is demonic.
I condemn no one here by my comments. I only point out that if we are not outraged at this continuous arrogance of not being concerned about victims and only concerned about money--then we might as well replace tabernacles in our churches with safes and start worshipping what we really think is God! When that happens, I'll find the remnant and join them.