The Self-Destruction of the Catholic Hierarchy
The charity of St. Elizabeth of Hungary in the 1200’s and the devotion of Mother Theresa to the Outcasts of Calcutta are the “Faces” of the Gift of Grace flowing through the Body of Christ.
But our Transformation is a journey, with several forks in the road. Our Free Will can choose to turn our face from God and take the path of least resistance (selfishness), on the Road to Perdition.
The selling of Indulgences in the Middle Ages was the Catholic Hierarchy’s loss of Moral Virginity. Her Progeny was the Protestant Reformation. The Decades of Directing the Spread of Pedophilia Worldwide are the Catholic Hierarchy’s (Bishops & Cardinals) Loss of Moral Legitimacy – to be the “Keepers of the Keys to Heaven”.
“Better for a man to have a millstone tied around his neck and cast into the sea, than to harm one of these (child)”, Christ said. And for clarity & emphasis, Christ repeated, “Better that a man not be born, than to harm a child.” For decades, the Catholic Hierarchy deliberately destroyed the innocence of tens of thousands of trusting children, worldwide – that’s the Face of Satan.
At the beginning of the Pedophile Priest Problem, the Bishops & Cardinals had the opportunity to teach the world about the Power of God’s Grace. God’s Grace was more than sufficient to identify the Pedophile Priest’s 1st abuse of an innocent child. The Bishop could’ve removed that priest from the Parish, and reported the incident to civil authorities. The pedophile priest would then have received punishment or treatment, protecting innocent children from future abuse.
God’s Grace would have been evident to all for providing the clarity of mind & tenderness of heart of the Hierarchy to identify a problem and provide an effective remedy for all parties concerned.
Instead, consumed by Pride to cling to the Power & Privilege of their Pointy Hats & Crooked Sticks, the Bishops & Cardinals were obtuse to their Destruction of the FAITH IN CHRIST, in the Sanctuary of Souls, of millions of children, their parents, and disgusted Catholics – worldwide.
For example, Archbishop Weakland stole $240,000 from Church Funds to pay “Hush Money” to conceal his Crime & Sin of Transfers. There was no concern for his victims. (It was all about him.) There was No “Nathan to David” – “Moment of Truth”. There was only Self-Serving, Self-Righteous, Self-Acquittal in the Protective Catholic Hierarchy Bubble, insulated from outside scrutiny.
Weakland’s successor, Archbishop Listecki, never bothered to legally collect the stolen church funds, which may have forced Weakland into Bankruptcy. Instead, Listecki continued to invite Weakland to a place of honor in important Community Church Functions. NO Penance. NO Remorse. Just the Embarrassment of being Caught.
The Catholic Hierarchy is the modern-day Judas. Christ made No Distinction between His Brutal Executioners and Saul persecuting Believers in Christ. Likewise, there is No Distinction between Judas betraying Christ, and the Catholic Hierarchy betraying the innocent Altar Boy’s Trust in Priests. That blatant betrayal in Trust cost the children’s’ Faith in God, and all things Holy.
Bishop Barron wrote a laughable defense that “The Devil made them do it”. (That was Flip Wilson’s joke in the 70’s.) Satan barely had to nudge the Hierarchy to commit their heinous WORKS to keep their Power & Privilege. Blaming Satan, rather than blame the Hierarchy’s arrogance to ignore God’s Grace to resist temptation (for 20 years) is the “Good Old Boys’ Club” Defending the Indefensible. The Hierarchy’s disgusting actions speak so loudly, that I can’t hear what Bishop Barron is saying.
The “Anguish of the Abused” pains God’s Heart. The loss of millions of souls betrays Christ’s standard “To Love one another, as I (Christ) love you”. The Bishops & Cardinals were more concerned about people kissing their rings, than about washing the people’s feet. The Hierarchy forfeited their positions because their WORKS ignored the Gift of Grace to love others.
The Past Pastor of Lumen Christi Catholic Church held an “Open Forum” for parents of Children who suffered from the Previous Pastor’s Pedophile Abuse. The Universal Parental Painful Lament of that Pastor’s Heinous Sin & Crime Filled the Room. Their Grief, Palpable. The Presiding Pastor of the Forum agreed with the Group’s Consensus to the Necessary “Structural Changes” for the Catholic Hierarchy. (Based on the Fact that the Parish’s 100 Ministries are run by Parishioners. The “Office Staff” has all Parish Women working for Less Than Market Wages, and the 3 Deacons came from the ranks of Parishioners):
The “Keys to the Kingdom” need to be transferred to the Parish Pastor & Priests and Parishioners, as Members of the Mystical Body of Christ, (with Christ, thru the Pope, as its Head) ministering to one another – by administering & receiving the Sacraments. ALL of the Hierarchy’s Functions can be performed by Priests, Deacons & Laity. It’s just a matter of Organizational Management Change.
The Gift of Grace is the gyroscope of our soul that returns us to the “Road less Traveled” (Love of God & others), by Repentance. Repentance asks God, “To create in me a new clean heart”. God does. No sin, no matter how vile or frequent, can exceed the Forgiveness, of the welcoming embrace, of the outstretched arms, of the Redemptive Cross.
All of the Catholic Hierarchy Participating in the Perpetuation of Pedophilia worldwide (including those who knew what was happening, but remained silent & did nothing are “Accessories after the Fact”) will have their sins forgiven through Genuine Repentance. But they Must NEVER Have Their Power or Prestige Positions RESTORED, because their WORKS were cast to the bottom of the sea.
The Gift of Grace forgives our sins and continues to transform us to love God & others, in the Mystical Body of Christ – (Horizontally, as Originally Constructed – Only Vertically through Christ). The Gift of Grace provides Justification and Transformation through the Participation in the Mystical Body of Christ (where members of different talents are All valued the same by God.
The Catholic Hierarchy was rotten to its Core. From top to bottom, inside-out. The Hierarchy eschewed Christ’s disdain for those seeking personal places of Honor. Christ told the Apostles, “The First shall be Last, and the Last, First”, in response to the Apostles jockeying for the “Best Seats of Honor” around the table with Christ.
That’s why Christ organized the Mystical Body of Christ, Horizontally: ALL MEMBERS with different Talents, performing different functions, are all viewed the Same by God. The Only Vertical Member was Christ, as the Head of the Body. The power of the Gift of Grace flowed through each member, one to another, sufficient for each to perform their function. Because Grace is a Gift from God, there is No Personal Honor performing more complex, important duties. All functions, great or small, Honor God.
Like the Flash Mob Below, of various musicians playing a variety of instruments, accompanied by a chorus of professional singers & audience participants, ALL producing ONE Harmonious, Honoring Praise of God. No musician greater than another.
The above YouTube music video is a functional definition of the Mystical Body of Christ.