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Superwonderful video. Very postive. Full of love.
What confusion! O.K. So, yes, the grape vines finally arrived! Perhaps it was just addressed to “George David” instead of “George David Byers”. Yikes! The idea is to plant these with the end of making wine for Holy Mass. Very, very, very cool!
And… and… as an extension of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there’s the Roman Breviary, which also arrived today… in three wonderful volumes. Thanks, N.S.! Very kind! I know that that’s a sacrifice for you. Very much appreciated!
Child Sacrifice ‘pro bono Ecclesiae’: The USCCB Dallas Abuse Meeting Ten Years Later: It’s much worse than you could have ever imagined. (A HSH Special)
Is child abuse a terrible crime? Yep. For some, sadly, it is felt that the only way out is suicide. The scars can run that deep. The crime, then, can be tantamount to a murder more terrible than that pictured above. The trauma is so mind-freezing that it’s like having one’s throat slit, one’s brains blown out. We pray for true victims, that they might know, instead, the peace that the Prince of the Most Profound Peace can and does provide, using even such experiences to so launch the person into personal growth and maturity that the person’s very life becomes – how to say? — a magnificence unknown to most of mankind… if they come to know the deep friendship of our Lord. We pray.
Some articles on the abuse crisis in the U.S.A. have been collected by TheseStoneWalls. These articles are by Pope Benedict XVI’s friend, the great Father John Neuhaus, and are entitled Scandal Time: A Collection of Essays (a 61 page *.PDF, first published in First Things). As the years from 2002 onward go by in these essays, one notes an increasing incisiveness in Father Neuhaus’ indictment of the hypocritical attitude of the USCCB, an attitude so very evident, as he points out, in the Dallas Charter and the Essential Norms. Why is it that the Bishops or other ecclesiastical superiors – who may well have to face allegations against themselves – do not figure into the Charter or Norms. Are they better than the rest of mankind? The Holy See has been particularly aggrieved because the procedures do nothing to help a priest who has been falsely accused. The idea seems to be that the more priests, innocent or guilty, who have their throats slit by the Charter and Norms, the better it looks to the media that the problem is being fixed. The concerns of the Holy See continue to this day, ten years later, with no foreseeable change coming any time soon. The hypocrisy and injustice continue, not only among the bishops, but now with the great religious orders as they begin to set things in order, hopefully without such false starts as was witnessed with the efforts of the USCCB.
You can read that series of articles for yourselves. In this post, I’d like to go after one particular aspect of hypocritical injustice wrought against not only rightly accused priests, but also against possibly falsely accused priests, that is, those priests who have allegations against them, allegations which are not substantiated, but which fall under the common threefold ”credible” rubric:
- “If it’s theoretically possible (being in the same country)
- then it could have happened, and therefore,
- it’s credible that it did happen.”
Of course, any “credible” finding is understood by everyone as “It did happen.” This is true even for those who made the decision about mere theoretical possibility.
What can happen: With a phone call proffering allegations from anyone, anytime, anywhere, even as a sick, practical joke (knowing what will happen to the priest), priests can be required by their ecclesiastical superiors to be checked into an institute/clinic for a comprehensive, professionally wrought battery of psychosexual examinations lasting for days, weeks or months.
“Non-compliance” under the rubric of the unalienable right to privacy (both in Church and Constitutional law), so as to insist that it is incorrect, in law and in justice to have to prove one’s innocence (which is impossible) instead of being proven guilty if that should be the case…. that kind of “non-compliance” or “lack of cooperation in an investigation” could mean that the priest would be automatically held to be guilty, so that he is then forthwith laicized (which is almost equivalent to the death penalty for priests).
During such a battery of exams, untold numbers of priests have even been subjected to the viewing/hearing of pornographic media while having their privates hooked up to a particular kind of plethysmograph. This has been known for many years. It is cited time and again in the John Jay report. Yet, ecclesiastical superiors have sent priests with even unfounded allegations through such a hell so that it could be said to the media that they did everything possible, including, in this way, the violent rape of their priests (horrible, whether they are guilty or not).
Oh, but surely, that’s stopped! Um… hasn’t it? You mean you haven’t heard about all the bishops and other ecclesiastical superiors who have raped their priests in this way resigning in shame? You haven’t? No? That’s because those resignations didn’t happen. Those priests who are responsible for implementing such policies of rape-your-fellow-priest in such institutes/clinics have themselves not resigned, much less been laicized. Instead, the perps of this kind of priest-rape are touted as world-class experts. Really? Yes, really.
It’s just that bad. It’s much worse than you ever imagined.
Put it this way: If a bishop can so callously have his priests raped on behalf of being politically correct with the media, do you think for a second that that bishop would hesitate to cover up the rape of a child so that he could avoid heat from the media when, after so much time without an “incident”, he would prefer just to cover things up, you know, to make it seem like he’s so wonderful, to make it seem that he’s gotten things under control?
I’m not going to believe that we’ve made any progress in the abuse crisis — now ten years on – as long as the rape of priests by bishops and other ecclesiastical superiors continues. One must presume this all to be continuing until we see bishops and others coming clean, repenting of their crimes and resigning. Otherwise, any statement to the contrary doesn’t ring true. There’s just a bit too much hypocrisy.
Now, there have been many calls for “mercy” for priests who have allegations leveled against them but are innocent. They don’t need mercy. I want to see them receive justice:
- They are innocent until proven guilty.
- They are not to attempt in all futility to prove themselves innocent.
- They are not to be subjected to an invasion of privacy psychologically.
- They are not to be raped.
That list could continue, but you get the point. Some don’t. Some defend this kind of thing with the idea behind the phrase pro bono Ecclesiae (for the good of the Church). Let me tell you this: injustice and immorality are always against the interests of the Church, always:
And why not do evil that good may come? — as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just (Romans 3,8 -rsv).
“Condemnation…” I like that word. Those who perpetrate crimes against youngsters or against priests should know that they risk this condemnation. Hell is like heaven in that it’s forever.
I hope, dear reader, that you see the correlation between a lack of justice for priests and a lack of justice for true victims. Where there is injustice for one, there will be injustice for the other. Mark my words.
Hier stehe ich. Ich kann nicht anders. Gott helfe mir! Amen.
[ὅπερ ἔδει δεῖξαι (q.e.d.)]
See you later! Maybe! I’m unplugging everything! Yikes!
UPDATE: 1:20 PM — I survived, so far. Just some lightning, thunder, rain and…and… falling branches. But, all is well. More storms fronts are pushing through soon. We’ll see…
From the above perspective of Holy Souls Hermitage, these Lady Slippers were seen marching along the forest in honor of the Immaculate Conception:
Again, I just wonder… In the days after our Lord Passion and Death and Resurrection, did He, in sometimes appearing to our Blessed Mother, that is, before His ascension to heaven, did He, perhaps, pick some flowers for her, she, His mother, who suffered so much, and who now rejoiced to see Him risen from the dead? I bet He did!
- Thanks go to the family of C.W. for their kind contribution, including the homemade card of post-martyrdom Saint George. Yikes!
- Thanks go to G.P. & S.M. E. for their kind donation, as ever.
- Thanks go to P.P. for… soap! A natural soap able to be used for scrubbing floors, doing laundry, your hands… anything. Very cool. And here I was just getting used to doing the Saint Benoît-Joseph Labré never wash yourself thing! He’s a hero of Holy Souls Hermitage after all. O.K., so, sometimes I clean up a bit, not being so virtuous at he. Seriously, he did that to be in total solidarity with the dirt-poor street crowd of his time in Rome. Those who are absolutely dirt-poor know if you’re one of them or not. He would beg for them, befriend them, take care of them, living their existence, dying in these horrific circumstances, a death screaming out to all that one has to be shaken from one’s comfort in this life. Yikes! [Update: This particular soap keeps the bugs from biting, so very necessary right now as the Black Widows and Brown Recluses are gearing up to start their onslaught!]
The mention of Saint Benoît-Joseph Labré gets me to thinking about my own dealings with the poor, also now as a hermit (for I do some few things at the soup kitchen).
Are there gangsters who “work the soup-kitchen / hostel / free-clinic / welfare system”? Yes. I know some. They are locked into a “gimme gimme gimme” mode of devious, constant lies. Very sad, that.
But are there those who are so far gone that they don’t know there even is a “system”? Yes. Many self-congratulators — always having remained aloof from all suffering — don’t want to see that. In that view, all the street crowd, including Saint Benoît-Joseph Labré, are to be condemned. We shouldn’t forget that any of us can be in dire circumstances at any time. And that time, my friends, may be coming up in just a few months if the health care mandate goes through. I’m thinking that those not paying the premiums and not paying the fines — avoiding paying for abortion — will have their bank accounts confiscated, their property, homes, businesses taken… Total chaos. Welcome to dhimmitude (second class citizenry, slavery really) for all Orthodox Jews, Christians of any kind, and, of course, Catholics. Welcome to Hotel Rwanda. Welcome to what the unborn have been suffering in a much worse way all these decades with abortion…
Back to almsgiving: I know people even here, even now, who were millionaires, who knew they didn’t have the skills necessary to manage such piles of money, and so gave all of it away to establish soup kitchens and shelters and street clinics, becoming volunteers at these same places, and…and…clients. Yikes!
Sometimes when we think we give generously to whatever it is, we might think that we are doing something for someone less fortunate, not knowing that, in our going the extra mile, there are those who have gone the extra 10,000 miles who are on the receiving end of whatever it is we do.
Just a thought. Tough times may be ahead for all of us. Let’s be just so very ready to be there for each other with no thought of who is deserving or not. We’ll all be in the same boat no matter our present circumstances. And… and… we’ll all equally stand before the judgment of our Lord. Let’s live His goodness and kindness at every moment. We’re useless at being good and kind, but He gives us the wherewithal in His friendship.
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