Brilliant post by Father Jerry Pokorsky at Catholic Culture:
It cannot be denied that a large number of Catholic bishops and their vicars lied, covered up, and abused their positions and faith. The sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people were not only the result of the dereliction of duty of bishops in governing but in several cases obviously enabled by their own secret sins.
Many, like former cardinal McCarrick, have used the Church for their own grotesque purposes that not only include clerical careerism but personal enrichment, indecency, sodomy, and other forms of sexual debauchery. And the same leaders, like McCarrick, helped shape the opinions and practices of the body of bishops. The “McCarrick Doctrine” is an apt description of the policies, procedures, and protocols that governed the Church in the United States for decades.
Following the McCarrick Doctrine, bishops have habitually avoided confrontations with a debased culture by pretending that the sexual abuse of our young people has little to do with homosexual clergy and dissent from traditional Catholic moral teaching. (Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher to the papal household, not unexpectedly dodged the question during the recent bishops’ retreat in Chicago.)
Bishops have encouraged the gay agenda in many of our dioceses by overlooking the studied ambiguity of their methods. They fund “LGBTQ ministries,” turn a blind eye to “gay-friendly” parishes, and lionize and fund gay activist priests like James Martin, SJ. In all likelihood, many have been blackmailed to remain silent, lest their own sexual proclivities and lapses be revealed.
By neglect and malfeasance, the body of American bishops has effectively smeared the reputations of a handful of bishops who have been caught up in the present culture of suspicion. They now find it impossible to administer their dioceses with Catholic sensibilities using the tools of Catholic moral theology.
The bishops have often covered their unholy conspiracies with words like “collegiality” and demanded “respect and obedience” as a means to deflect any and all criticism from our priests. Passive-aggressive penalties are administered for perceived violations. Hence priests are trained to cower and behave like gossipy school girls rather than men. There is little reason to doubt that this will continue.
The McCarrick Doctrine requires bishops and priests to be practical atheists, exchanging Catholic tradition with its hope in everlasting life for the false promises of comfort and financial security in this life.
Many bishops have turned a blind eye to the abuse of the innocence of the Sacred Liturgy. But in this, they overlook the narcissism of priests engaged in abusive liturgical practices-—a narcissism that is closely related to that of personal sexual disorders.
Over many years, the body of bishops has been led by liturgical “experts” who perverted the official liturgical translations appealing to worldly sensibilities and resisting efforts at restoring translations to orthodox accuracy.
With only a few noteworthy exceptions, the bishops followed the McCarrick Doctrine in allowing pro-abortion Catholic politicians to besmirch Catholic morality and receive Communion with ecclesiastical impunity. Abortion is child abuse in the womb. The pattern of indifference is familiar.
Bishops have abandoned their young people to Catholic universities that not only distort the Faith but actively hold the Faith in contempt. Feminism and gender neutrality have become the Golden Calves of academia. The failure in the oversight of schools is a sin that cries out for God’s vengeance.
Bishops and officials at the highest levels of the Church have embraced political causes such as “climate change,” open-borders immigration policy, and multiculturalism in vain attempts to appease the liberal enemies of the Church. And they have alienated Catholics who, in good conscience, exercise their right to disagree.
Go here to read the rest. As the swift throwing of the Covington students to the media wolves indicate, the leaders of our Church, with a few honorable exceptions, quaver in fear of those who hate the Church, when they are not actively aiding those who hate the Church. This goes right to the top, where Pope Francis displays each day a disdain, if not outright hatred, of traditional Catholics, and an overweening eagerness to have the Church participate in Leftist crusades. Enemies outside the Church Catholics expect and can usually deal with; betrayal from withing is another matter. I am a loyal Catholic, and only idiots or worse could say the same about almost all the men who mislead our Church today.