Lately on various blogs we can read they are seeking answers on why priests are pedophiles. Admittedly someone is to be blamed and the spin used by many will not allow them to admit any kind of guilt of their own until they have their noses rubbed in “IT”. In today's church priests and laity alike use many platitudes and accusations throwing them around to defend themselves. Many of these blogs are by Priests and I try to see them as a minor examination of their consciences . Then they attempt to fix the blame on priestly pedophilia, women’s ordinations ,rebellious parishes and strange laic groups on everything except the overall priestly behavior in the Church. Much of this behavior can only be labeled abhorrent. (read down to the link near the end. Then tell me I am wrong). Most blame bad catechesis. Is this not a priestly responsibility received from the Bishop’s authority, coming from Bishops’ who have the primary duty to give us a religious education? Some-one (-ones) have to include their own behavior as a reason for the cement running out of the Church’s foundations, leaving, I am afraid, only sand. I confess my part often in the confessional. I was well educated in the Church by good teachers, priests and nuns. I feel very strongly God had me educated by these because by His Will, He placed me, baptized in His church and greatly loved me. I see it this way, ‘The mighty God does great things for me, He looked with favor on my lowliness (ignorance)’. How can I not say, admit to the fact God loved me so much and scriptures were fulfilled by Him for me, because as a Father He provided food for my soul. It is incumbent and honest for me to admit I have never, until lately, loved others in the way He loved me. So I write as best I can to pass on what He, by his will, arranged for me to learn.
Do you not find the present height of pastoral hubris in the priesthood is mirrored or is it a reflection of a similar event in the 60”s in the UK. It was a disease that spread around the world. There was a movie, perhaps on BBC, with Peter Sellers, the name of which I cannot be bothered to research. It was a satire against the union movement in the U.K, it had a phrase that summed it all up. “I’m alright Jack”. This is an anthem of the me generation. It gave a rise to a great deal of comedy lines for secular comedians including one, “Pull up the ladder Jack I’m doing fine”. Mr. Sellers appearing in another movie about a librarian in South Wales coined another fantastic line that also summed up those times for me, “I’ve been to the edge of the world and I've looked over”. All very personal and selfish and definitely lacking in charity. The lines quoted above are all perfect examples for mottos of the 60’s and 70’s priests that through habits, personal opinions and slovenly formation are still with us. Their examples are seen in the forty years or four generations of their spiritual sons that have followed, It is almost like the sins of the Fathers of biblical warnings, visited upon us for four generations. In fact Vatican Two was supposed to prevent this by doing away with the heresy of clericalism. This fact, this boast, was like a banner bruited about at the time. I read it one day in an article just before the Council opened. Fat chance it did anything but the opposite. Do I need to mention the unauthorized priestly desecration of our altars and dismissal of catholic traditional prayers seen in the Rosary.
If there were any good works done by the Council, it was spoiled not only by rotten interpretations but by the one disgusting act that devastated the priesthood. The disunity and dissention over the liturgy has very effectively hidden this gross change. It was a simple act of deliberate spiritual homicide which has sentenced the priesthood to ignominy. Obviously as Paul described it so aptly the smoke of satan which screened the vile demands of the Bishops. After Vatican 2, probably without realizing what they were up to or even maybe we might see as hidden evidence of a pointed slap in the face to the previous council’s edict on Papal infallibility. Funnily enough we were taught as young people the Bishops were just a little ticked off about the power of the Papacy. Perhaps the First World War was an intervention of sorts when it came before another council was called to deal with papal authority and infallibility, and how it effected Bishops’ authority. The murderous spiritual homicide the church committed was changing the oath, priest’s swore to defend the Church against modernity, to one of absolute obedience to the Bishop, the priests' local ordinary. How priests in personal confidences as a friend have bemoaned to me on this dreadful millstone around their necks. This oath suited the Bishops’ egos but not the sanctity of the Church. How much it scripturally wrong and is against Jesus' conditional command, "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments", I have a great problem with that oath. Young men or older with all the moral and ethical habits that they have through the virtues that called them to a pastoral life, suddenly found upon entering into the priesthood a bishop can force them into immoral acts, including telling the obfuscations of a bullying prelate. I know of priests who kicked back at the attacks on their conscience who ended up taken out of their pastorship/parish, given rotten assignments or even laicized if they did not obey. This could result in drinking habits that ruin a man’s life of even psychological problems as the priest wrestles with his spiritual problem. I have knowledge of a good priest told he would never have a parish with a school again, when he complained about the curricula for catechism set by a layman who decided what was to be taught as religious education. Do you really want to know more. I do have more. I have knowledge of a lie from a very good priest who could not tell the truth on a certain situation, as the local ordinary was circumventing the parish who was organizing a pilgrimage. The parish quite capable of handling the organization and were doing it with every evidence of true Catholicism, who had made the event a great success were suddenly judged not capable. I wonder why the women who first organized their husbands into making a path into the area for a rosary on the Feasts of Mary, from the priest who would not walk down a long street to the grotto saying the rosary with these magnificent women, with the husbands who cleared their wives way for their spiritual journey, why again was this parish no longer capable? Let me be charitable and say the local ordinary was making sure the pilgrimage was staying authentically catholic and worried about the wrong direction it might take and not the rumor that was spoken. He has set his heart on being a Cardinal.
If a social survey was done on the voting patterns of the council of Vatican Two, I would not hesitate to expect that the countries which caused both the Pius 9th to write Syllabus of Errors and Pius 10th to write against Modernism would feature strongly in the reasons for the two encyclicals. How awful you must feel as you read that it could be suggested that the Bishops of the 1900’s actively sought to put right the slights they felt when the Popes became infallible. How can any catholic believe it, you ask? Well the first encyclical was against a heresy or heresies, by whom, the priests of course. Pius 9th was suckered punched in his first years by the Austrians and Italians, that occasion haunted him terribly, so terribly he wrote “And now, Venerable Brothers, as is also very well known, scarcely We (by the secret dispensation of Divine Providence, certainly by no merit of Our own) been called to his Chair of Peter, when We, to the extreme grief of Our soul, beheld a horrible tempest stirred up by so many erroneous opinions, and the dreadful and never enough to be lamented mischiefs which redound to the Christian People from such errors……..We therefore condemned the prominent most grievous errors of our age”.
What does the mainstream church now think go here and find out?
All is not right with the Church and when one brings bad news someone objects especially those who love the status quo or those who ignorant and will never check facts. Look at these problems and tell me or yourself if it makes you comfortable.
Benedict our Holy Father has mentioned priests have vocations and are not to be ambitious.
There is unity over the correct translations of the Latin for Church occasions.
There is no fight almost to the death over the Novus Ordo and the Tridentine Mass.
There is complete agreement on Papal Infallibility and the Pope as head of the Church.
There is absolute unity and belief in Humanae Vitae