Yesterday I wrote that silence wasn’t an option for Pope Francis given the very public written charges by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, that ope Francis not only knew about what Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s had done, but actually repealed the sanctions on him by Pope Benedict and elevated him to a position of power and influence over the US church within the Vatican until the general public found out what had been going on.
“Read the statement carefully yourselves and make your own judgment.”
“I am not going to say a word about this.”
“I believe that the statement speaks for itself, and you all have sufficient journalistic ability to draw conclusions.”
“It is an act of trust. When a little time goes by, and you have drawn conclusions, perhaps I will speak about it, but I would like your professional maturity to do this work. It will do you all good, really.“
I forget that this is the same Pope who has ignored the Cardinals Dubia on Amoris Laetitia for over 700 days and counting.
This silence is perplexing to some faithful Catholics like old friend Elizabeth Scalia:
I don’t understand the pope’s consistent reluctance to go all-in on this issue. It’s not enough to say “the pope is on your side” when no one is ever held accountable. 🙁
— Elizabeth Scalia (@TheAnchoress) August 27, 2018
Others like Father Z think what the Pope is doing is pretty obvious:
In my cynicism – please forgive me for being a little cynical right now? – what the Pope said is along the lines of:
“You, the press, have been on my side till now. If you think about it for a while, you should still be on my side. If you weigh the alternatives you will remember that I am your guy.”
This is not a happy man. But that’s not much of a conclusion. Listen to, however, what he is trying to say.
Here is what I think he said, without saying it.
The Pope is calling on the press to do the necessary work to make this go away.
If you think this is complicated for Francis’ liberal allies in the Church Just Imagine what all of this is like for the MSM & the left.
Granted the MSM was lucky in terms of timing. Last weekend they could focus on the Death of Senator John McCain and the Cohen deal are huge stories in the US so it gives them time to figure out what to do before they report on the absolutely biggest story everywhere else in the world.
Now normally for the MSM this is a no brainer, any scandal within the Catholic Church is a cause for celebration to them. The chance to go after the Catholic Church that dares still speak against Abortion, Gay Marriage, Transgenderism et/al, the sacraments of the left has always been welcome. Furthermore given the media’s previous success completely excluding the fact that the church scandals have overwhelmingly involved Gay Clergy preying on young boys, one would think that there would be no hesitancy to jump right in
But Francis involvement and the charges against him directly complicates the matter. He is THEIR Pope, the Pope who they were counting on to change church doctrine on all of these issues, to take the focus off of abortion, to suggest that some mortal sins like Sodomy, aren’t all that mortal, and to remake the church in their image through his pronouncements, his encyclicals and most of all through appointments of Bishops and Cardinals in line with those goals.
To report on this all puts all that in jeopardy and now even worse with the Pope asking them to report on it while not denying the revelation that McCarrick had a big hand in Francis’ appointment of key Cardinals in the US, who by an odd coincidence are all are seemingly sympathetic with the media’s goals and agenda, makes touching this incredibility dangerous for a press that has been lionizing Francis from day one. If this goes the wrong way for them it could lead to the replacement of liberal Cardinals and Bishops with fellows who might think something like this:
“It is time to be honest that the problems are both and they are more. To fall into the trap of parsing problems according to what society might find acceptable or unacceptable is ignoring the fact that the Church has never held any of it to be acceptable — neither the abuse of children, nor any use of one’s sexuality outside of the marital relationship, nor the sin of sodomy, nor the entering of clerics into intimate sexual relationships at all, nor the abuse and coercion by those with authority,” he wrote.
Bishop Morlino said that McCarrick was guilty of abusing power “for the sake of homosexual gratification.”
“It is time to admit that there is a homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord. The Church’s teaching is clear that the homosexual inclination is not in itself sinful, but it is intrinsically disordered in a way that renders any man stably afflicted by it unfit to be a priest,” he added.
He wrote to seminarians of his diocese that they should immediately notify him of any sexual abuse, coercion or sexual immorality they might experience or witness in their seminaries.
“I will address it swiftly and vigorously. I will not stand for this in my diocese or anywhere I send men for formation,” he wrote, adding that he expects seminaries to address sexual immorality directly.
To the priests of Madison, the bishop explained his expectation that each one “live out your priesthood as a holy priest, a hardworking priest, and a pure and happy priest — as Christ himself is calling you to do. And by extension, live a chaste and celibate life so that you can completely give your life to Christ, the Church and the people whom he has called you to serve. God will give you the graces to do so.”
He likewise called priests to notify him of abuse or sexual immorality they might become aware of.
That’s Bishop Moreno of Madison Wisconsin and the last thing that the media want to do is empower someone like him, a Bishop faithful to the doctrines of the church as they are vs how they want them to be.
How with the MSM react? Well if it looked for one moment like Pope Francis was going to clean house the left/media would have turned on him faster than the liberal black community turned on Ben Carson but now that he’s basically thrown the story out there while at the same time refusing to deny it is like asking them to pass a camel thorough the eye of a needle.
Bottom line the MSM/Left will do all they can to preserve their goal of a changed liberal church that redefines sin to their specifications and will even work with those in the church seeking that goal. I don’t see how they reach that goal by reporting on this story so I suspect they will do all they can to ignore it in the hopes of preserving Francis as their agent of change. If however it becomes clear that Francis is no longer capable of delivering then I suspect they will pivot and come full bore on Francis and the Church as if he was Benedict or St. John Paul II.
This will come as a great shock to this Pope who like the late Senator John McCain assumed the left and media loved him, but the truth is both cases is their love was conditional on either of them being useful to destroy their enemies and in the end a Catholic Church with the moral authority to confront the culture of death and degradation that the media/left promotes is the biggest enemy they have and if Francis can’t co-op that enemy then his usefulness is at an end so attacking the church , which frankly they’re more comfortable doing anyways will be a pretty good 2nd best for them.