The Catholic Church’s perennial teaching on the four sins that “cry to heaven for vengeance”:
CCC 1867: The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are “sins that cry to heaven”: the blood of Abel, the sin of the Sodomites, the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt, the cry of the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan, injustice to the wage earner.
[NB: Most catechisms combine the Israelites’ cry with the orphans, widows, and aliens under “oppression of the poor”; hence, the number four].
For those of you who have been under a rock for the last month, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal McCarrick from the College of Cardinals after allegations of homosexual abuse of young boys. McCarrick is the first Cardinal to have his cardinalatial powers removed in almost 100 years.
Then, this past weekend, Carlo Maria Vigano, former apostolic nuncio to the United States, publicly alleged that Pope Francis knew of Cardinal McCarrick’s serial homosexual abuse well before this time — at from June of 2013, when Vigano met with him in person.
Giving a press conference on a jet plane, Pope Francis refused to address the allegations. In a papacy that has been marked by an untethered approach to questions of morality, theology, and a purportedly “impromptu, pastoral” tone, this is uncharacteristic. Or perhaps it reveals the true character of this papacy. Either way, our dear Holy Father needs prayers.
As Anchorage Archbishop Etienne has noted on his blog, McCarrick’s removal was “an unprecedented step signaling the gravity of these reports.” True. But removal does not even begin to address a looooooong line of inferential facts: that (1) McCarrick had been doing this for a long time, (2) other bishops knew about it, but either did nothing or actively covered up his misdeeds, (3) other American bishops had no problem letting McCarrick continue to operate as the face of the American Catholic hierarchy, particularly during the 2002 scandal eruption, (4) journalists and priests who attempted to address this story were intimidated, (5) a homosexual subculture (if not mafia, replete with the omerta code) exists in the American hierarchy, and (6) is spread throughout the Church, even into Rome.
One insight – formerly swept aside, but now addressed by Church Militant – was that the “seeding” of the homosexuals in American seminaries began long ago by Communist operative and Catholic convert Bella Dodd. Interestingly, it was Bishop Sheen who piloted Dodd back into the arms of Holy Mother Church. One imagines Dodd’s conversion story firing the vehement furnace of Bishop Sheen’s famous blasts against Communism. But it is also remarkable that Sheen seems not to have addressed the matter of homosexuals in Catholic seminaries, at least externally. Even more remarkable is Bishop Sheen’s long-suffering silence in the face of Cardinal Spellman’s attacks on him, now that there is accumulating evidence that Spellman lived a closeted homosexual life as Cardinal of New York.
So what does this all mean for Alaska Catholics?
I am not sure, other than this vileness has, indeed, cried to heaven for purification. I do not know whether the seminaries attended by our Alaskan priests were corrupt, but I have heard anecdotal evidence that they were, in the recent past, hotbeds of homosexual activity. I do not know whether any of our Alaskan bishops are part of the homosexual network, nor if they have been prevented from proclaiming the Church’s teaching on homosexuality because of threats of blackmail to expose an active homosexual lifestyle. But these things now seem increasingly credible.
Of this I am sure: that God, Triune God, Creator and Origin of all life, will not be mocked. Nor will the Divine Son permit His Bride, Holy Mother the Church, to be forever violated by such craven, perfidious, demon-infested men. And I am sure that we have received such predatory clerics as our “shepherds,” at least in part, because of our own failures to live a life according Our Lord’s injunction to deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Him.
Going forward, there are two other things that I fear as a result of this hellish revelation:
1. The Church’s inability to govern its own corrupt hierarchy will force the intervention of public authority (this has already happened in Chile, and seems likely to happen in Honduras). Rather than decry this intervention of the State into Church matters, faithful Catholics – justly enraged – will cheer it on.
2. The global aspect of the corruption – which now seems to extend even unto the Roman Pontiff – will result in a global intervention. And the likeliest apparatus to undertake this is the United Nations.
Once the bulwark of the Church has been removed as an efficacious brake on global agents of social change (e.g., George Soros), I tremble for what may follow.
May God have mercy on us, cleanse Holy Mother Church, and restore and preserve the just sovereignty of the nations of the world!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!