Sunday, April 25, 2004

From blog correspondent Lee Penn
Ritual murder in Ohio
LP: Straight out of Fr Malachi Martin's Windswept House... but in real life. [End.]

Yes, it is. I've read the book.

And adding to the horror of this news story, a smarmy, condescending statement from an RC diocesan official (the victim was an old nun, the murderer a priest).

"We're very saddened by the whole experience," said the Rev. Michael Billian, episcopal vicar of the Diocese of Toledo. "It certainly saddens the diocese that any one of its ministers would be in this situation."

That's right - in the face of rank, shocking evil, we hear patronizing middle-class corporate talk. Rather Protestant, innit? A friend once observed that in Catholic Europe - southern and eastern - you see these extremes of incredible holiness and extreme evil, while Protestants in the north tend towards blandness and mediocrity, just like this statement. Maybe in this case it's the Protestant influence of the US Midwest. (Remember what Our Lord said he'd do with the lukewarm? Not a pretty picture.)

The decades-long predatory gay-priest scandal that made the news two years ago got rather the same treatment if I recall rightly. No wonder it all happened.

As for that dear older bride of Christ, dona ea requiem.

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