I like Fr William Grimm’s commentary on UCA News this week, criticizing the cool response to charges of corruption in Vatican departments. Not one of Fr Federico Lombardi’s better moments:
(Leaks) create confusion and bewilderment, showing the Vatican and the Catholic Church in a bad light. Reporters should use reason — something not everyone in the media tends to do.
Don’t blame the light, Fr Grimm concludes:
Bad news about the Church can only frighten those who are guilty or those who are afraid that their own faith in God or the Church is too weak to face the light of truth.
Can we connect the dots that if scattering ashes really betrays pantheism, then are corrupt Vatican officials really faithless? Sinners are often able to divide their lives into compartments. No doubt that a corrupt cardinal can preside at Mass, say the right words, do the right things, and people assembled for it will be edified. Some sinners are fine preachers, and have a sense of ars celebrandi so as to draw in worshipers toward Christ. Often there is a belief that the ends justifies the means, and if someone thinks that playing the game enhances the evangelical mission of the Gospel. so be it.
Many sins are eventually uncovered. I suspect that the Vatican cannot avoid a thorough facelift over this. If not under the current pope, I can’t believe that we lack enough non-curial cardinals to put an end to the inner rot by electing a strong reform-minded Bishop of Rome in the next round. Jesus said it:
For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God. (John 3:20-21)