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Judas Wolves

Darwin Catholic reminds us of why the McCarrick scandal is important:

 

So while, yes, we need organizational controls, it seems to me that much more we need leaders in the Church to be willing to name this for what it is: cynical and systematic evil. We need bishops to be willing to label evil as evil and fight it as evil. We’ve had enough of administrators and their organizational caution.

Any leader in the church, lay or clerical, who thinks that it is in any way advantageous to the church to keep quiet and allow a bishop to cover up a life of grave sin is a leader that we do not need.

We are all sinners, some may say. Who are we to judge? How can we say that we won’t tolerate a sinner as a bishop?

All bishops are sinners. All of us are sinners. But if someone is to be a leader in the church, he should be prepared to admit his sins, repent of them, and resolve not to commit them again.

It is important to understand that McCarrick’s sin is not some kind of “oops, I went too far” slip. What we have heard of in the cases revealed already (which may well prove to be only a few of those which occurred) is not of some sort of heat-of-the-moment lapse. These are cold, cynical, planned, and frequent violations of his vows of celibacy and his obligations towards priests, seminarians, and youth whom it was his duty to help and protect, not assault. We hear, for instance, that McCarrick would invite seminarians out to his beach house for the weekend, but cancel the outing if he did not get enough RSVPs to assure that he would “run out of room” and have to put one of the men in his bed with him.

Go here to read the rest.  Evil men like McCarrick are ever with us.  To use the unintentionally revelatory phrase of Pope Francis that clerics need to “smell like their sheep”, well some of the sheep stink to high heaven, and since the clergy are derived from the laity it is no wonder that some of them are rotten through and through.  Christ had his Judas, and Judases will always attempt to use a pretense of religion to further what they want, whether it be money, power, sex or some other booty.  What is appalling is that so many of our Bishops practice Omerta and will not say a solitary word against these villains in their ranks, until it is completely safe to do so.  Too many careerists and milksops hold high office in the True Faith.  No doubt some of them are subject to blackmail for their own sins and crimes, but the majority are probably spineless cowards, always on the lookout for number one and number one only.  Time for good clergy to emulate Christ and make whips to drive away the wolves in their ranks before they drag down more sheep to Hell with them.

 

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

15 Comments

  1. Remember ‘Diogenes’, the caustically funny blogger employed by Ignatius Press? Testimony to McCarrick’s proclivities was sufficiently widespread that they were the subject of a Diogenes post around about 2005. Don’t believe the archives of Off the Record are still available, but if they are you can read the post there. It’s a reasonable inference that information about McCarrick had reached the proximate ordinaries by that time. My own wager would be that the transgressions of prelates are generally not known to many unless said prelates are ensconced in homosexual cliques within and without the Church. McCarrick’s the exception.

  2. “Beach house”? I seem to recall that the Diogenes post concerned an event which supposedly occurred on Long Island in 1977.

    See Fr. Paul Shaughnessy, SJ on this subject. You look around a rectory and you see slick magazines and a fully stocked liquor cabinet and you can wager that the priest’s life of chastity is disordered. Fr. Shaughnessy has been quite insistent on this point: a deficit of abstemiousness on the part of clergy goes hand-in-hand with sexual transgression.

  3. “These are cold, cynical, planned, and frequent violations of his vows of celibacy and his obligations towards priests, seminarians, and youth whom it was his duty to help and protect, not assault.”

    And the boys club will laugh and brag about their conquest with others. Remember the Year of Mercy? Did we ever hear repentance out of the Cardinal Katheter wing of the Church? That would imply they did something wrong. THEY do not believe what they or McCarrick is doing, or did, is wrong. It is the rigid Church that is wrong. AB Fulton J. Sheen: “Judas stayed in, that’s the dangerous kind.”

  4. Too many progressive Catholics overlook that the evangelism door swings both ways. Unrepentant sinners can be every inch the evangelists for sin as a saintly person is an evangelist for holiness. The serpent in the Garden of Eden converted Adam and Eve both to Original Sin, a 100% conversion rate.
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    A church full of public, boastful, unrepentant sinners could be considered to effectively be a church of Satan.

  5. True, GregB.
    We are too afraid to be thought “unwelcoming”.
    Prudence! We do welcome the sinner, but we can’t be too cool to directly address sin.

  6. For years, Bishops have tolerated open dissent especially in regard to Chastity. They’ve chosen to say nothing. Tolerated ideas as contraception and sodomy and chosen to say nothing and cover it up. They did not police their own failings in covering things up with the abuse of minors, and they pretended that these small percentage of priests who were having sex with boys were not homosexual. The lied to themselves calling it pedophilia instead of what it really was – pederasty. There are more demons on a wall in a seminary than anywhere else. Am I surprised at any of this? No.
    The only means for Bishops to regain Authority is to Preach Humanae Vitae.

  7. This is one reason why I have found the, “Out of respect for the office, I won’t criticize the occupant.” line so repulsive.

  8. “This is one reason why I have found the, “Out of respect for the office, I won’t criticize the occupant.” line so repulsive.”
    The higher up in office an occupant gets, the hotter the hellfire is.

  9. Thomas Merton said: “The most dangerous man in the world is the contemplative who is guided by nobody. He identifies the will of God with anything that makes him feel a big, warm interior glow. Such a man can wreck everything in a parish or community. He has wandered into a spiritual blind-alley and he rests in a snug little nest of private emotion. Nothing is more irritating than the pseudo-saint, one who has certain mannerisms that pass for sanctity but who manifestly lacks the essentials of holiness. Such persons are frequently inconsiderate, unkind, cantankerous and censorious.”

    Shame on these Judas’.

  10. “The only means for Bishops to regain Authority is to Preach Humanae Vitae.”
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    Actually, I don’t think that entirely accurate. The USCCB has put out some reasonable items over the years on HV, NFP, and marriage, but I don’t believe they really believe or care what they have put forward.
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    If the bishops resigned en masse and new bishops were ordained who could both preach and follow it up with action, then they might eventually regain their authority.
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    (Action being support for NFP; offering NFP seminars for physicians- or sending them to one; fostering NFP only physicians, etc)

  11. Wish these predatory, sinful men of the cloth like McCarrick would just quietly all resign due to “ill health of the soul”.
    Get the scandal out and be done with it.

    carrickwould just

  12. You realize that the way the clerical fiends of the father of lies will deal with this is to again re-define reality – they will soon canonize St. Judas. He will be the patron saint of those who steal the widow’s mite. Guy Mcclung, Texas

  13. Actually, I don’t think that entirely accurate. The USCCB has put out some reasonable items over the years on HV, NFP, and marriage, but I don’t believe they really believe or care what they have put forward.

    Personally, I’d like the USCCB and it’s staff to go away. It strikes me as a perpetual motion machine whose function is to employ USCCB staff. A small office manned by someone like Austin Ruse to monitor legislative and administrative decisions of interest to the Church is all you need. You could share the cost with other philanthropies.

    Then you have diocesan chanceries. For all the people they employ, they don’t seem to get around to arranging for parishes to share secretarial or accounting staff and they don’t seem to employ enough auditors. There’s been a scandal brewing in a Michigan diocese in regard to a priest who was known by local laymen to own suspiciously handsome real estate and the diocese discovered nothing. That aside, there are a number of dioceses which have had success with vocations, but their methods never seem to spread. CCD programs are not audited. Catholic bishops don’t undertake scheduled or unscheduled visits to parishes (Episcopal Bishops travel the circuit and have annual or bienniel visits to their parishes). It’s bloat, mediocrity, and failure everywhere you look.

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