We are all victims
The Lantern Volume 2
With the magnitude of the Child abuse crisis I continue to wonder why the Catholic faithful are not outraged enough to solve this problem.
For many years I understood that through the power of the Bishops a lid was able to be kept on all of these abuses. Yet one does not fully understand the depth of a problem until we meet resistance when we work to fix it.
When I dealt with families that had children as victims, I thought they would at least see the problems, but this is not the case. In 2018, I was at a press conference to discuss the statute of limitations and its possible change and impact on this crisis. When talking to numerous victims or their families I was surprised to learn how duped even they had become. One family told me the reason that the molesters were not removed was because Canon law would not allow that. When I explained to them that the opposite was actually the case they seemed dismayed. They told me the bishop explained to them that Canon Law was the reason they were not removed. So I am standing with families who are fully aware the bishops have lied and deceived them for decades, yet they still accepted the excuses of these men.
It was soon after this meeting that the picture of this crisis came into clearer view. We all are victims of this crisis. We all have been spiritually if not physically abused. Many of us are financial victims from embezzlement and misappropriation of funds, by our bishops. However, the greatest and most general abuse has been a corruption and misrepresentation of Catholic theology taught by our clergy. I will refer to this concept as “victimized theology”.
I believe almost every Catholic today suffers from or has suffered from a victimized theology in some form.
For the past several decades priests and bishops have been teaching us a false theology. A theology which better fit their lifestyles of sexual aberrations rather then that of a holy priesthood. This false theology spread to other priests bishops and now popes. This has been actively attested to by cardinals who have now retired. They take pride in thinking they changed the Catholic teachings and thoughts of their peers. These peer groups might have had no understanding they were being duped but nonetheless they accepted all kinds of anti-catholic theology in the name of “liberal theology “ or social justice.
I was reminded of this recently when Cardinal Dolan, again, failed in his position of Bishop of New York. Many politicians for decades publicly profess anti-catholic positions while asserting they are Catholic. Yet, almost no one has been publicly remanded or excommunicated.
It is the Catholic understanding and teaching that people who commit mortal sin "excommunicate" themselves. This is often mentioned in the press , so bishops ask why the public fanfare? Or even worse bishops say they do not want to politicize the Eucharist by making a public stand.
In 2005 Cardinal Arinze, then the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, made it clear pro-abortion politicians should not receive communion.
Cardinal Arinze said, “The answer is clear. If a person says I am in favor of killing unborn babies whether they be four thousand or five thousand, I have been in favor of killing them. I will be in favor of killing them tomorrow and next week and next year. So, unborn babies, too bad for you. I am in favor that you should be killed, then the person turn around and say I want to receive Holy Communion. Do you need any Cardinal from the Vatican to answer that?
He also mentioned a Catholic child knows this answer. This is so simple a child should know the answer. This is important to note because if we Catholics know the answer, why are we following unfaithful bishops?
Our bodies are tabernacles of the the Holy Spirit. If one is not worthy to receive communion, ie., their tabernacle is unclean or filthy then we defile our lord by putting them into such a vessel. This is not about politics it is about respect for the Eucharist . Cardinal Arinze went on to say later, if it should not be received, then it should not be given. Why then does this escape our Bishops?
Bishops who fail to correct Catholics who deny their faith in the public arena allow them to desecrate the Eucharist.
In the instance of Cardinal Dolan this is an active lesson in victimized theology. By active, I mean he is purposely trying to deny the faith and dumb down the catholic faithful. If you look at his tenure in New York Catholic theology has been decimated in the public life, from homosexuality to the abortion issue. The Cardinal has adopted these anti-catholic positions and integrated them into his diocese much like the other Bishops who have shielded and hid unfaithful priests. As part of the syndicate which undermines Catholic moral teaching , he understands people in glass houses don’t throw stones. If He lived the Catholic faith there would undoubtedly be repercussions. The embezzlement and sexual misconduct the has has condoned would become public.
In public we see quite the opposite, in that he embraces these same politicians in dinner and functions because they are his friends. They hold very similar beliefs, and as long as they are in power, he has an ally in the political landscape.
Cardinal Dolan recently commented that for the last forty years the focus of Catholic teaching has been mercy rather than admonishment. Interesting how this concept of mercy, has been redefined so much during the height of child molestation.
Mercy is a great gift of God but the concept of mercy has been perverted to confuse the catholic faithful. It has been abused and redefined to somehow justify decades of rape, murder, and extortion by priests and men posing as priests. In my next post we will look at this concept of mercy.