Stop the Echoes

The news from the Twin Cities is stunning for the timing so close to last week’s announcement of bishop accountability. But the archdiocese is already paying the cost: literally through bankruptcy, morale-wise through horrific stories of misconduct and illegal activities, and on the front of evangelization–not to mention believers scandalized into the belief that the Church has left them.

With this story, I recommend ignoring the echo chambers of abuse allies and traditionalist Catholics.

The former suggest this is a small thing, and children remain in danger. Not quite. This is very big news. And thanks to lay people being urged to awareness and vigilance, children in our society have likely never been safer. This is certainly true in churches.

The latter characterize recent resignations as part of a de-Ratzingerization of the episcopacy. I find that to be a grave insult to the pope emeritus. Pope Benedict may have been unaware of the extent of cover-up in the episcopacy. But to associate bishops who have misbehaved or even engaged in criminal and immoral activity with him, as part of an ideology of Catholic retrenchment, is akin to throwing the other guy who wears white under the bus.

All people fall short of God’s glory. And they sin. Even bishops. Even faithful, orthodox, culturewarring Catholics. Liberal bishops have certainly blundered, too. Thing is, nearly all of those are retired or dead.

The best thing, I think, is to pray for these dioceses, their bishops, and their people. Breathe in relief or be concerned, as appropriate.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to Stop the Echoes

  1. FrMichael says:

    Good riddance to bishop enablers of pedophiles and pederasts! I just wish a few more were taken down, but most of them are already retired, so there isn’t much the Church will do with them. Maybe the Chilean bishop will be next… not holding my breath on that.

  2. Atheist Max says:

    “thanks to lay people…”

    Yes. Thanks to the Laity – the source of morality. Morality does not come from the authoritarian philosophy of perpetual forgiveness to serial rapists.

    And another thing.
    Why does the philosophy of forgiveness stop at one’s death? Why is the last breath the cut off point? Why does God not offer forgiveness to souls after the heart stops? What is this limit against the soul which is destroyed when the heart stops?

    • Todd says:

      Max, if you had been paying attention in religion class you would know that mercy does not end at human death.

      • Atheist Max says:

        But I did pay attention.
        I went to Catholic School in the 1970s. Yet today, Limbo and Purgatory have vanished with the stroke of a Pope’s pen.
        I paid attention to that, too!

        If there is mercy after death then Hell is not real, thus no reason for Christianity or a Savior. That is a big concession.

        The church rituals are comfortable old shoes to those who were raised with them – a continuity of the old ways our parents knew and loved. The real reason people give to churches is the fear that if they don’t give, the churches will die off.

        Fear of Hell is not the motivator anymore.

        Nobody knows the ancient rituals of Athena. The Acropolis still stands.
        But the point was lost so it became a museum.

        This is happening in Catholicism today.

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