Out of touch with the average American Catholic
The American Catholic Cardinals are flying home from Rome. Once again, they have proved that they are completely out of touch with the average American Catholic.
One strike and you’re out. What’s wrong with that? They say that it penalizes a priest that makes one mistake for the rest of his life. SO? What ever happened to punishment?
This issue is about so many things. The abuse of the weak by the powerful. The refusal of priest to keep their sworn vows to God and before their fellow Catholics. Sick, evil men knowingly committing sin after sin, crime after crime, and pretending it’s all right. And, bishop after bishop taking the attitude that the “face” of the Church is more important than the people of the Church.
These Cardinals are from the generation that nearly destroyed the American Church. They are the ones who grabbed on to the just teachings of Vatican II, and twisted them to their personal ends. Tens of thousands of American Catholics fled a Church that in the 1960′s and 1970′s had turned into some kind of non sacred, feel good society. This is the generation that moved Jesus out of the Church so that His “people” could be the Church. Never mind that the Church is the mystical Body of Christ, and that its members always were a part of the Church.
Many people want to believe that this is about homosexuality, It’s not. Homosexuals don’t pursue ten year old boys. And, for those older boys… Look at it this way. Would you want a 40 year old man having sex with your sixteen year old daughter? It’s pedophilia, a crime and a sin. These priest have broken their vows of chastity and deserve worse than the Church could do to them. Cast them out, like the blight that they are.
Don’t make excuses for them. Don’t give them a second chance. Priests should be held to the highest standard. One “mistake” and they’re out.
Not one of these Cardinals can manage to say, as we all would, “God, I am so sorry. I will do everything I possible can to make sure this never happens again. The guilty will be punished.” No, they express regret, sorrow. Bernard Law should be mortified and ashamed of himself, and should resign and spend the rest of his miserable life on his knees in penance.
The Pope made himself clear, and the Cardinals obviously chose differently. He ought to remove the whole lot of them.
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