Monday, September 01, 2014

Almost our epitaph here: the true cost of the Catholic abuse scandal

Communications Secretary Terry Donilon said a fund of resources of parishes cannot be tapped by the archdiocese for any purpose the archdiocese chooses. Maybe that is true. But if so, then how exactly does Donilon explain how closed Brighton parish properties were recently transferred from the archdiocese to another related entity to help pay off sexual abuse claims?
I remembered this story when Diane said of selling Holy Trinity Church, formerly a traditional Latin Mass center, "Another casualty of the sex-abuse lawsuit payoffs. Lord have mercy on so many levels."

I forgot about that cause. The whole story is almost an epitaph for American Catholicism; certainly the media and much of mainstream ex-Protestant America wish it were.

I think we will never recover from our two shots in the foot, Vatican II and this. Not that they will wipe out the church like some people want. Our imprint in American society's too big for that: there were so many of us, who changed so much here. The Irish etc. cop, politician, union boss, et al. are stock American characters; we brought both the Mass and so many Christian charities (they're connected) to the big city. Even Protestant liturgical practice is a tribute to Catholicism. But from now on, even as we heal and restore our traditional beliefs and ways (the remaining Massgoers are religious conservatives), we will be much diminished here.

Down the media memory hole: In the '70s, the left was ALMOST OK with sex with the underage, the same way it was accepting homosexuality. Many men were in holy orders or seminary for the wrong reason: a respectable place to hide, plus gay-o-rama behind closed doors the pious didn't know about — in the nifty '50s John XXIII was hip to that and told religious orders not to ordain them. These men took the Zeitgeist's cue, in the spirit of Vatican II being rammed down everybody's throat, and squeezed the Charmin, even though the church of course says it's a sin (grave matter) for at least three reasons (illicit sex, pseudo-sex, and using an underage person). The narrative now in our renascently anti-Catholic host country of course blames orthodox Catholicism, saying it's a gutter religion like Mohammedanism; it winked, looked the other way, and kept its dumb parishioners in harm's way. The same way in the 1800s American Protestants thought priests were letches about girls and convents were brothels for them. Actually, it was the good conservative Catholics victimized by Vatican II, the Wanderer readers and CUF members who complained about heresy being taught and liturgical abuses even by the standards of the new Mass, who noticed Father was acting funny with the altar boys and schoolboys and tried to blow the whistle by reporting it to the bishop. Clergy of course watch out for their own, often a good thing, but in this case the liberalized clerocracy condescendingly told these people (sigh), "Be open to the Spirit!" and to mind their own business. What a bunch of uptight, judgmental killjoys! (You know churchy people, haha.) The problem priests kept getting shuffled from parish to parish a step ahead of the law, and the rest is history. The church that transformed America has become a punchline.

Teachers have a worse track record than priests. "If married men and women could be teachers." Actually married men can be priests but anyway.

Didn't one of the church fathers say hell is paved with the skulls of bad bishops and priests? When God calls you to be ordained, he puts a LOT of responsibility on you, so you are the target of demonic temptations and attacks. The Great Underage Gay Caper and coverup hurt a lot more people than the young men directly involved; a lot of clergy have a lot of explaining to do to God.


  1. Actually, John, I don't think they will be able to explain "it" to God. :(

    1. My guess is they won't. But God is both infinitely just and infinitely merciful. He has been exceedingly patient with me. We can hope there are no people in hell but can't presume that.

  2. I'm very grateful to be orthodox. My wife and I have once or thrice attended the local cathedral's Indult Mass, some 14 miles away. But we live only five miles from one of three SSPX chapels in the state, so we've been going there since 2001. Happily, the SSPX and other such orthodox groups are wonderfully free of said pederastical scandals. Their priests are manly men, some of them ex-military. Our favourite priest, now in Kansas, is a very sanguine extrovert, known for his booming voice, masculine charisma and selfless activism. Truly exemplary...That the counterfeit conciLIAR "church" should be infected by these rats is a sign of Vatican II's satanic and heretical overall qualities. We real Catholics ("We happy few!") are the faithful remnant, per Biblical prophecy. Pax tecum. +

    1. I hear you. But a temptation we have as traditionalists is to think we're holier than thou, less of a problem in the real pre-conciliar church, a big tent of saints and sinners that kept us honest. I have rather little religion but what religion I have is pre-conciliar Catholic, accepting no substitutes. Anyway, my point is conservative and traditionalist groups aren't immune. The conservative Novus Ordo was massively deceived by Fr. Marcial Maciel and his Legionaries of Christ. American traditionalists have had Bishop Francis Schuckhardt, a sedevacantist and homosexual fetishist, and, in the official church, the Society of St. John, started by a pederast kicked out of the SSPX seminary in Argentina for homosexuality. He was a con artist like Maciel too, bilking traditionalists out of donations.

    2. 20 years ago I went on a Holy Week retreat at the Legionaries of Christ house in Connecticut. It was a vocational retreat as I was discerning the religious life. I left after one night. Nothing untoward happened to me, but the place gave me the creeps. The Legionaries seemed to worship Maciel and put him on the same level or even above Jesus Christ. This was years before the revelations about what Maciel really was. I feel for all the young men who seemed to be brainwashed by him. I'm sure many of their world's fell apart when they found out the truth. Lord have mercy on his soul!


    3. All that glitters is not gold, and not everyone who says "Domine, Domine" will enter the kingdom of heaven. I met Legionary priests twice and was favorably impressed; maybe those men were sincere, who knows? There are too many stories like yours not to be true. One online friend used to work for them and was so disillusioned he ended up in a strict sect splintered off from Russian Orthodoxy. Granted, he's a free moral agent but they'll have to answer for him too.

  3. The closure of Holy Trinity is a tragedy - horribly unjust. If you read enough of the back story, it is simply disgusting, but it is also normal fair in the incredibly imploding archdiocese of Boston.

    Holy Trinity was crucial in my formation, very deep sense of loss. So unfairly treated; the diocese had no regard for the parishoners of the church and set them up with a shame compensation by moving the liturgy to a church that would prove to be difficult to access by the TLM's poorer attendees.

    Nice to see it is finally getting some attention, even if too late to effectively do anything.


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