Malebolge, is the eighth circle of hell in Dante's Inferno, reserved for frauds and deceivers. It's comprised of ten ditches that are divided to inflict punishments according to the severity of the sin. The ditches run the gambit from the run of the mill seducers and panderers to the most severe, people who con other people through lies. Those who try to pass off false things as real things. We've spent a great deal of time, in particular, in bolgias (ditches) three and eight.
Bolgia Three: Simonists (sinners guilty of selling church offices for personal gain) are punished here. They are turned upside down in large baptismal fonts cut into the rock, with their feet set ablaze by oily fires. The heat of the flames burns according to the guilt of the sinner.
Bolgia Eight: In this trench, the souls of Deceivers who gave false or corrupted advice to others for personal benefit are punished. They are constantly ablaze, appearing as nothing so much as living, speaking tongues of flame.
In this week's National Catholic Register Article updating the scandal, Cardinal O'Malley's abortion contract architect, J. Byran Hehir, has tipped the hand on "who" has been guiding the "opinion" of the National Catholic Bioethics Center and I fancy, the "conclusion" of that "opinion".
Speaking to the Register June 17, Father J. Bryan Hehir, secretary for Health Care and Social Services with the Archdiocese of Boston, recognized that there was a problem that needed to be solved by July 1.
“We tried to solve the first part of it last week,” he said. “Caritas Christi will not do procedures that violate the ‘Ethical and Religious Directives’ and will not refer anyone for such procedures.”
“The second part is the larger framework Caritas Christi has entered into,” Father Hehir said. “That needs to change so that it will accord with Catholic identity.”
The article summarizes the various reactions of Catholics to "the first part" with CJ Doyle's unraveling of the falsehoods inherent in the "solutions" ~ Caritas has cloaked itself with a new name (CeltiCare),has lined up abortionists, hired bilingual phone operators to man the phone lines 24/7 to hand out the numbers of their abortionists and with the hundreds of millions of dollars that will flow through their bank accounts, they are even going to pay for the abortions. They are claiming to be virtuous in this arrangement because they are not going to "mark up" the services, add extra fees to the abortions, like they do other services and medications.
Some pro-life activists continued to be skeptical, especially in reaction to the other part of the joint statement, contributed by Dr. Ralph de la Torre, president of Caritas Christi. When a patient seeks an abortion, de la Torre said, “Caritas health-care professionals will be clear that (a) the hospital does not perform them and (b) the patient must turn to his or her insurer for further guidance.”
“The cardinal’s statement is contradicted by that of Dr. de la Torre,” said C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League in Roslindale, Mass. “In sending a patient seeking an abortion back to her insurer, Caritas will be sending Commonwealth Care members to the Caritas/Centene partnership, which will not only procure the abortion, but lists Planned Parenthood as a reproductive services provider.”
Perhaps Fr. Tad's comments have been taken out of context, but they too certainly appear as if the charade of doing abortions under a different name is going to be sanctified, even by him:
Asked to comment on the wisdom of mergers in general, Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, director of education for the bioethics center, advised: “Such mergers can be pursued as long as the Catholic health-care provider is clear about the meaning of its Catholic identity and remains intent on upholding that identity in all the negotiations and arrangements leading to the merger and subsequent to its realization.
“This means that the Catholic institution (and the merged institution later) will be bound by the provisions of the ‘Ethical and Religious Directives,’” he said. “The possibility of scandal must be meticulously avoided.”
Fabricating and twisting the teachings of the Church to make it all appear as if the Caritas abortion business arrangement is a "meticulous" avoidance of scandal? (In fairness to Fr. Tad, he's simpy giving general guidance - but unless the NCBC's opinion states that Caritas must exit from the entire contract, one has to assume that however Caritas/CeltiCare is restructured is their idea of a "meticulous avoidance of scandal")
This isn't going to fly in Christendom.
For those acutely aware of the people who will die in the performance of the contract the Cardinal is blessing, the souls conned and baited into hell - the scandal train left the station four months ago.
Meanwhile, the Bishops, not a peep from any of them on this scandal, have assembled in a bunker in Texas.
I'm reminded of a piece Fr. Wilson wrote about six years ago -
I watched Bishop Wilton Gregory catechizing that press conference about the National Review Board’s sexual abuse report and how it’s about "the children, the children, the children," whereas it is really about the bishops, the bishops, the bishops. This episcopate will never do anything but spin the problems; won’t ever settle down to address the hard work of renewal.
Watching the bishops’ conference in action is like viewing the film of a train wreck over and over again. With bright-colored clowns hanging out the train windows, waving and blowing kisses. One only wishes one had a tomato.