The secular media may be going after the wrong guy. If they’re intent on sniffing out the most heinous scandals, that is.
I noticed a bit from last week in which some prelate thought it timely to throw John Paul II under the bus. I can only imagine if the entire curia were put into a room with presshounds and an open mike. Would any of them emerge unscathed?
I confess my amazement that so much bad news has broken over the past week. Clearly, no journalist is fazed by repeated (and increasingly shrill) denials from bishops, archbishops, and cardinals. Triduum, which has been on my front burner for weeks, seems to barely register, even for some prelates. I really find it hard to believe the monolithic Vatican is crumbling before our eyes. Maybe there is reason for hope that Vatican II reforms will (finally) touch the deep curia. Rewriting the council hasn’t appeared to have saved them. Deo gratias for the secular media.
Henry Karlson diagnoses accurately, I think:
The problem is that the ecclesial structure as it has developed over the last few centuries has cracked, and it is breaking apart. A new structure needs to emerge, one which can deal with the problems of the modern age, not the age of Trent.
The question I have is this: will the world’s bishops stand by idly while this all happens? Supposedly this new crop is presiding over six 2009 abuse cases–do they have the moral force to call their brother bishops in Rome to account? If the number six is credible, one might think they would. Archbishop Dolan has offered a stirring defense of the Holy Father. Will he and others be so ready to back up the tainted Cardinals Sodano and Levada? The story on the latter is particularly horrific, confirming once again for me the whole mess is rooted in deep, deep addiction.
Dale Rodrigue sums it up well on MSW’s thread from In All Things yesterday: a cabal of clowns. A Tridentine co-dependency isn’t going to hold up well under modern scrutiny. The Vatican has no power to enact homeland security laws. They can’t wiretap their adversaries in the Church let alone those outside of Catholicism. No pat-downs and searches before entering cathedrals. The political dirty tricks are reserved for their own brothers in the presbyterate who dare to rock the Barque in favor of moral standards. No bully tactics except in their own house.
I see difficult days ahead for some Catholics, but I have hope. Where do you readers think this is going to end?