The disastrous meeting of our bishops is attracting some wider attention:
It’s also no wonder that so many bishops, including the pope, now want to quarantine the issue of sexual abuse of minors from the larger question of sexual infidelity in the priesthood, specifically, violations of celibacy with consenting adults. During the conference, there was some discussion of whether the proposed lay review board should examine claims of sexual offenses against minors as well as adults. Cupich was quick to urge that they be kept separate, saying that it’s a “different discipline,” and that, “In some of the cases with adults involving clerics, it could be consensual sex, anonymous, but also involve adult pornography. There’s a whole different set of circumstances.”
As a matter of policy, or the scope of duties for a lay review board, perhaps Cupich has a point that they should be kept separate. But Cupich and the other progressive-leaning bishops, who wield enormous power because of their closeness to Francis, have shown zero interest in confronting the problem of priests violating their vows of celibacy with consenting adults. Indeed, there is a clear divide between the bishops who think the crisis is rooted in the collapse of traditional morality and those who don’t see the connection at all.
At one point in the conference, Archbishop Emeritus Michael Sheehan, who dismissed dozens of priests for sexual misconduct when he became bishop of Santa Fe in 1993, said the crisis was rooted in three facts: 1) celibacy isn’t always easy, 2) the sexual revolution of the 1960s affected the entire world, including the church, and 3) after Vatican II, some priests and lay people “got wobbly” on faith and morals, gave up on prayer and confession, and some priests fell into the abuse of minors. As he was speaking, a number of other bishops were shaking their heads in disagreement.
Go here to read the rest. The smarmy Cupich is the perfect representative of this pontificate whose main purpose, apparently, is to turn the Bride of Christ into the Whore of the Left. Pope Francis is a disaster of a Pope, but the Church has endured bad, even evil, popes before. No, the truly dismaying aspect of our current situation is that it has revealed how few of our bishops truly give a damn. Most of them are careerist cowards for whom the Church is a vehicle to a better life than their meager talents would have given them outside the Church. Pathetic losers is the most charitable phrase to apply to them. As shepherds they only yawn as the wolves ravage the flocks they have put in charge of them. The words of Christ come strongly to mind:
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
Mathew 23: 13
The sycophants of Pope Francis like to say that he was chosen by the Holy Spirit. I am beginning to come around to the idea that the Pope was chosen by God, but as a flail and not a blessing.