Phil Lawler has an excellent response to one statement in Cardinal Ouellet’s diatribe against Archbishop Vigano:
“How can you celebrate Mass,” Cardinal Ouellet angrily demands of Archbishop Viganò, “and mention the pope’s name in the Eucharistic Prayer?”
An excellent question. It forces us to ask whether we have ever imagined that in praying for our shepherds we were thereby paying tribute to their rectitude and decency. Think of the faithful whose priests, over, say, the last 30 years, have invited them to pray for John Paul our pope, or for Benedict our pope …
- “… and for Rembert our bishop”—who used $450,000 of his flock’s contributions to buy the silence of his partner in sodomy.
- “… and for Lawrence our bishop”—who throttled a male prostitute who was in the act of fellating him.
- “… and for Thomas our bishop”—who struck a pedestrian with his Buick and drove off leaving him to die.
- “… and for Patrick our bishop”—who outfitted his catamite with a beeper to summon him for sex.
Go here to read the rest. It seems that the only crime that a high member of the clergy can commit as far as the powers that be at the Vatican are concerned is to reveal to the laity the cesspool that has festered for decades among Bishops and Cardinals. The desire to avoid scandal has been used as a shield to protect the guilty and to allow them to go on preying upon their sheep. That is what Cardinal Ouellet’s anger at Archbishop Vigano boils down to: he broke the code of Omerta that is more powerful among too many of our clergy than it is among Mafia hitmen.