Amy Kaine: You don’t have to be a hero, not for me.
Wil Kaine: I’m not not trying to be a hero. If you think I like this, you’re crazy.
High Noon 1952
Father Karras: I think it might be helpful if I gave you some background on the different personalities Regan has manifested. So far, I’d say there seem to be three. She’s convinced…
Father Merrin: There is only one.
The Exorcist 1973
Looking at the fallout from both the Vigano letter and the PA grand jury report that preceded it that amazingly has suddenly become a back burner issue it seems to be that everyone has lost sight of what’s going on here.
If you go to the media and the net all of this has become about competing narratives within the church depending on your political or religious view.
For the left/media it’s become all about protecting a liberal pope who they see as the key to remaking the church in their image for the right it’s exactly the opposite.
I’m not going to debate the merits of Pope Francis, here, but I want to point out something, the idea that the Pope was covering up for a group of serial predators and may have been involved in some financial irregularities so outrageous that it caused a wave of resignations at the Papal foundation, is a not a cause for celebration because of political advantage. That any Pope might do such a thing is as much a cause for shame and embarrassment as the idea of princes of the church repeatedly covering for priests and bishops who have made a mockery of their vows.
Furthermore this isn’t the first church scandal we’ve seen and it isn’t the last. Since the days of Susanna was accused of adultery when she refused the advances of two Elder Judges (Daniel Chapter 13) and Simon the Magician tried to buy the gifts of the Holy Spirit for gain (Acts Chapter 8) there have been those who tied to use the gifts of the spirit and church to satisfy their lusts and power, but in the end the Church endures.
There should be one primary focus for any faithful Catholic in this crisis and any Catholic Priest, Bishop or Cardinal faithful to his vows: What is the best path for the salvation of souls?
As lay people, we can do this best by prayer and the sacraments and acts consistent with paying for the sins of ourselves and the church and I’ll be the first to admit this is a goal that to my embarrassment I’ve fallen short of on a regular basis.
As faithful members of the clergy this can best be done by carrying themselves consistent with their vows, fearlessly proclaiming the truths of the faith, and addressing the sins of the church directly and fearlessly with both truth and acts of reparation.
For those who have disgraced the church this can best be done repentance, confession and contrition for the sins of cowardice in covering up the sins of the church and giving up those who have committed civil crimes to civil authorities.
I submit and suggest we, the church and souls would be better served by remember that our opponents online are not the enemy. The real enemy is Satan and the would like nothing better than us ignoring the real fight rather than concentrating on what we can do and can control in terms of saving souls.
This is spiritual warfare and the sooner we understand that and act accordingly the sooner we will win.