I haven't written about the "scandal" hitting the Catholic Church before now. Unfortunately the scandal has been going on for years. I know men who are now in their 80's who left the seminary as young men because of the abuse of women.
A life-long Catholic, who is a friend of mine, told me:
"My uncle, who was a Dominican Priest, would not even stay at their house in Mundelein when he came to town before he moved up here, because it was a gay sex hive. And that was in the 70's and 80's."
The seminary had turned into a chaotic fraternity house. You can read more about that in George Weigel's excellent book, The Courage to be Catholic: Crisis, Reform and the Future of the Church.
The Pope has a bigger agenda according to Cardinal Cupich. He also went on to say that the "bigger agenda" was the environment and illegal immigrants. This broke the hearts of many Catholics, including myself.
What is more important then the victims of the priests that abused them? What's more important then the people of the church who are sick at heart over this mess? What's more important then our good priests who continue to comfort the rest of us who have no intention of leaving our faith and church?
There's been division on this issue. People think priests getting married is the answer. Accommodating our Church to the culture is not the answer. Falsely accused priest, Fr. Gordon Macrae wrote this about Cardinal McCarrick:
“The greatest tragedy to befall the Catholic Church in America was to accommodate itself too much to the culture in which it lives. Its leaders became comfortable in America, then amassed power, and then tried to hide the corruption that always accompanies the need to retain power. But the humbling of Catholic leaders has run its course, and now, from the bottom of pop culture popularity, it is time to come back swinging.
Imagine the outcries if Islamic or Jewish nominees to the Supreme Court were publicly discredited by Senator Dianne Feinstein for actually living and believing the faith they profess. It is time for Catholic leaders to reconnect with their spines. This disdain for authentic Catholicism in America was brought to the fore when “Wikileaks Found Catholics in the Basket of Deplorables.”
Some of the faithful may leave. If they do, I don't think they realize that they will be leaving the Eucharist. The Eucharist is what makes the Catholic Church, the Catholic Church.
I'll let Bishop Barron have the last word:
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