Who can stomach it any longer? Priests, bishops, and cardinals; Roman collars, pectoral crosses, and purple piping; clergy from the rank-and-file to the high and mighty, having run like maniacal hedonists through the Holy Church of Jesus Christ, molesting, desecrating, and corrupting to degrees and depths it would be hard to fathom even in a secular institution. It is like a nightmare from which we cannot wake, with media report after media report disclosing behaviors one would expect only from a satanic cult. And it has been going on for years and years.
Thus far, the bishops have calmly managed the sex scandal crisis and have seemingly believed that the fallout would just go away, that we, the outraged faithful of Christ, would sooner or later forget about it and go back to sleep. The princes of the Church have held their press conferences and sat confidently at their tables and microphones, sipping their little bottles of Poland Spring water and reassuring us in a hundred different ways that the crisis is past, that they’ve established new guidelines, that things are so much better now. And it has been going on for years and years.
Pardon me, but I’ve been watching this scripted travesty of indignation for far too long – this dainty aristocratic curtsy more properly called “damage control” – and it disgusts me. Why? For one, because of the absence of genuine manly anger – even holy fury, such as inspired Our Lord to cast out of the Temple with a whip the money changers. Yes, if there’s one quality that is lacking in the awesomely up-to-date and totally cool Catholic Church, it’s the virtue of manliness. Effeminacy is everywhere. I noticed this when I was in Catholic high school. It was made still more apparent to me when I was considering a religious vocation and visiting monasteries. I was even propositioned by a priest in the confessional, a character I later learned was charged with two cases of sexual abuse. At the end of it all, I decided I would not spend the rest of my life looking over my shoulder, for fear that some prowling pervert was trying to get into my bed at night.
I dare say, we don’t need any more males in the priesthood. No – what we need from now on are men.
When the sex scandals first came to light so many years ago, I remember the initial reaction of Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, a man I’ve always greatly respected. He said, when he first learned about them, that his immediate reaction was to think of…”a bat and a gun.” That’s all; a bat and a gun. It was the gut reaction of a man of God who loved God, the faith, and the faithful, and who, when he first heard of the scandals, wanted to respond to the crooks and their crimes with a bat and a gun. His reaction gave me hope that the scandals would be swiftly and courageously confronted, and that we could trust the leaders of the Church to take care of the problem once and for all.
Nope. Not by a long shot.
I have not seen a Bishop Bruskewitz for a long long time. I have not heard of a “bat and gun” reaction from the ecclesiastical powers that be for a long long time. Instead, I see and hear reactions that are disturbingly measured and calm, and it sickens me. I wonder to myself, “How can they take this so evenly, as if they’re cleaning up a little spilled milk on the kitchen floor? Do they not see what we see? Do they not love what we love? Or else, are they all a part of it?”
When I finally see a pope, cardinal, or bishop publically lose his temper, pound his fist with anger, send his water bottle tumbling, and demand that the guilty sexual deviants in the clergy do public penance and jail time, then I’ll know that a new breeze is at last blowing through the Church. When I see substantial numbers of bishops being removed from their pompous stations, then I’ll believe that we truly have a reforming pontiff. But until then, it will be the same old game with the same old actors and the same old jargon, and a fully merited mistrust and disgust from the laity.
I’ve heard our leaders say countless times that the Church needs “healing,” and I’m still hearing it. This is absolute nonsense. No, the Church doesn’t need healing, Your Excellencies. The Church didn’t sprain her ankle or stub her toe. She’s not limping just a bit. On the contrary, if we must use imagery, she’s lying flat on her face in a pool of feces, and the world is triumphantly laughing and walking all over her back. But the Church hasn’t been injured, Your Excellencies. No, she’s been betrayed by sexually deviant apostate clergy and cowardly colluding overseers. So please keep your insulting “healing” comments to yourselves, because they make it sound as if we’re the problem, as if we the laity are the disturbed ones that need the healing. What the Church needs, following decades of your systematic highly collaborated abuse and neglect, is nothing less than repentance and reform. Repentance and reform are the only proper Christian responses to grave sin, in case you’ve forgotten your catechism, Your Excellencies.
The fact is, the clergy on a mass scale abandoned the faith and abused the faithful; they molested our children with their bodies and corrupted our minds with their heresies; they drove away our vocations, cried that there was a vocations shortage, and then declared that the only solution was to ordain married men and women; and they desecrated our Catholic institutions with that most disgusting sin that cries to heaven for vengeance, and will one day receive it. But the problem wasn’t pedophilia, as the liberals would have us believe; the sexual abuse didn’t primarily concern boys thirteen years old or younger, because these amounted to only a minority of the total number of cases. No, the vast majority of cases involved homosexuality – unnatural sexual relations between older men and young men at least fourteen years old – teenagers and seminarians. Homosexuality has been the primary problem in the Church for a full seventy years, and it remains the problem today. Until the bureaucracy of sodomites has been broken by outraged and courageous men of God, the Catholic Church will continue to be the devil’s favorite joke and an effective tool in the promotion of his filth.
Men who have the homosexual disorder must be removed from their influential positions in the Church and barred from ordination. Unless these reforms are enacted and enforced, we will be living in a professionally managed scandal-ridden Church into the distant future.
It is impossible to imagine what life must be like for holy and faithful priests and bishops, for those heroes of our era who have not succumbed to the moral and intellectual diseases of our age, who fulfill their duties as Our Lord would have them, and yet, who must endure the daily soiling of the priestly image by their disgraced brothers and fathers. We must always keep these men in our prayers, for they are suffering at least as much as we are.
At this point, I have lost all hope in the cast of characters presently running the Church into the ground. I have faith in none of them, except perhaps five. Signs of hope will appear when the old faces pass away and new ones replace them, and not until. There are two possibilities for such change: either mass resignations or the grave. I would be happy with either, for God’s Church and her mission are far more important than the reckless reigns of these pompous potentates.
From now on, I will assess the clergy – from pope to deacon – by one clear indicator: furious righteous anger. Either they have it, or they lack it. If they lack it, then they are definitely a part of the problem.
Wherever the Holy Spirit dwells, there is hope. We who possess the virtue of faith know that God will never abandon His Bride. And yet, in spite of the much-misunderstood promise of Our Lord that the powers of hell will never prevail against His Church, history demonstrates that He allows her to sink to deplorable depths of corruption. Yet, even when she forsakes Him, He refuses to forsake her. In fact, in the midst of appalling circumstances, such as those we presently face, God always raises up saints necessary to the challenges of the times. And I believe He will do so in these circumstances as well. God will purify, strengthen, and restore His Church with holy men and women, with saintly preachers and prophets formed for the times by the Hand of God.
The only infidels among us are those who give up on God and declare the devil the winner. No – we must never rest, quit, or surrender in the spiritual battle. As long as we’re still fighting by the light and strength of God, we’re winning.