"I want to say two things. The cases of abuses are terrible because they leave extremely deep wounds. Benedict XVI was very courageous and he cleared a path. The Church has done so much on this path. Perhaps more than anyone. The statistics on the phenomenon of the violence against children are shocking, but they also show clearly that the great majority of abuses take place in the family environment and around it. The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution to have acted with transparency and responsibility. No other has done more. And, the Church is the only one to be attacked.”
-Pope Francis, March 5th interview
He’s kidding, right?
He celebrated Mass with one of the worst bishops in the history of the Church, who personally did everything in his power to cover up child abuse.
Can he really, with a straight face, say that stuff about transparency when that photo exists?
Who are the “whores” of today’s community, of today’s village, for instance the Tumblr Village?
And who are the “Stone throwers” or the ones who have picked up huge rocks in order to bash their heads in?
Jesus was asked that question: “Lord, in the Law, it was prescribed that such women be stoned to death.” Go get your stones, everyone. Big ones, with jagged edges—we have heads to bash in.
And since the skull is a very hard bone, you need to be prepared to really ram your stone into someone’s head with enough force that you can crack that bone and turn their brain into jelly.
We don’t need to decide that some people are unworthy—do we? We just need to decide, “who are those unworthy people?” or “who are the whores of our day?”
No, no, we won’t literally bash their heads in. We will just decide as a community that these people, in one sense, cannot be forgiven, and are never to be esteemed or held as worthy, again. Something about them as humans has died. We have stepped in and stripped something from them whereby we must now be shielded from them.
They are sort-of-human, but really sub-human. I think we should make them wear bells so that we know when they are approaching, to breathe our same air.
But pick and choose. Is it the Cardinal Laws and Mahonys, is it the mid-level bureaucrats who helped cover up abuse of children, is it the nuns and priests who abused, or the church lawyers who fought against victims?
Is it the destroyer of the modern family? Is it the advocate of divorce, easy annulment, or the real whore who copulated with the married man or woman and busted apart the marriage? Is it the parent who was abusive, or is it the problem child who divided the parents and ruined the family life, or the creepy relative who molested someone? Is it the woman who aborted, killed her child before it could draw its first breath?
What about gays and lesbians and all spectrum of the LGBT, and what about the heterosexuals also—all who have used the sexual revolution to full advantage for exchanging bodily fluids and spreading diseases and broken hearts? They haven’t even procreated for the most part, and now they want to adopt other people’s children.
What about college and university faculty who have in any way warped and perverted future generations with falsehoods, dangerous ideas, or intellectual anxiety and paranoia, fear of authority and the refusal to conform? Have they destroyed the nation, and society, as some say? It is said that Joseph Stalin told Communists troops, after an invasion, to look out for anyone who wore glasses, because they probably read and studied. He considered the intellectual and university educated to be in a special class of parasite and vermin. They were to be boxed into trains, and taken to a Soviet region where they would never be seen again.
What about the businessman, the capitalist, the “fat cat” who is good at making money while under paying and caring not for the worker, the blue collar person, the minimum wage earner? Even when there’s profit for a new mansion, or acquiring a new company, there is never enough for an increase of wages or benefit, of helping your worker’s pregnant wife bring a child into the world and feed and clothe that worker’s child.
Please, have it. Pick and choose. We must tell Pope Francis that he has broken sacred taboo. He has prayed with the sinner. And not just any sinner. He has prayed with the WHORE, the person who should have been stoned, and not invited to Mass.
Then go get your rock. Decide today, who is less than a child of God because of her or his sin. Who is less than human? Who is less worthy?
After all, we live in different times. Someone, somewhere, deserves to get their head bashed in—-right?
Mahony isn’t the whore. Mahony isn’t Mary Magdalene. Mahony isn’t the woman with 8 husbands.
Mahony is Herod and Pilate and Caiaphas.
I do not want justice against Mahony because he is less than a child of God; I want justice against him because of the abuse he has inflicted upon the children (yes, literal children) of God.
Mahony is not some poor outcast not given mercy by society; he is a man who was a leader in that society, and who used that leadership in terrible and horrible ways.
But yes, I do indeed find it perverse that a man who has wreaked so much havoc on lives, both spiritually and physically, is warmly embraced by the Holy Father.
You are forgetting a not-so-minor detail.
Herod, Pilate, and Caiaphas never showed any remorse, repentance, or desire to have communion with the Church of Christ.
Mahony is a baptized Christian, no less baptized than you, your brother (yes, your literal brother, as far as Jesus is concerned), who has confessed and expressed public contrition and sorrow for all of his mistakes while he was the archbishop of Los Angeles.
He has acknowledged that he trusted and enabled women and men who later wreaked havoc in the lives of others.
He not only transferred abusers, he allowed lesbian nuns, gay priests, pro-abort politicians, liberal dissenting Catholic professors and teachers, zany liturgists, and any number of lay Catholics to spread error and confusion to thousands of people, some of whom probably became such confused Catholics that they apostasized. And what can be worse than losing your faith in Jesus?
At the same time, it is patently unjust to attempt to make the archbishop the direct and efficient cause of every sin which was carried out by his subjects. The lesbian nun who seduced a female parishioner is the one who had the sex, not the archbishop. A gay priest who trolled his parish for men to have sex with is the sexual player, not the archbishop. A catechist or liturgist who has destroyed the faith of innocent Catholics is the destroyer of that faith, not the archbishop.
The archbishop is an enabler in all these matters, but certainly is not the one and only blame to all sins of the Church under his management.
But once a sister or brother in Christ publicly and unequivocally repents and asks for your pardon for all that happened under their influence, in whatever sphere of life, and you refuse to have communion with her or him, you are acting much more the Caiaphas here, and the Pharisee, and the elder brother who would not accept the return of his brother.
And yes, you still have that rock in your hands, and yes, Mahony is your whore. It is not just that you claim that you want justice.
You want the justice on your terms. And that is what Jesus had to confront when they brought the whore to Him.