Catholic Bloggers often hear about the experiences of lay Catholics the rest of the world isn't privy to. All kinds of vctims who have been bullied and disabused, ignored, slandered. Some of them given their sit down and shut up money pass stories on that are demoralizing. After all of the lamentations and talk about reform and sorrow, how Catholics respond to abuse in this hour is manifested in the allegations of Fr. Euteneur.
The priest disappears. The diocese doesn't even have to contribute to the charade, the people in the pews find a way to make a martyr out of him. When victims step forward, the pewsitters do the dirty work for the Bishops and attack like rabid dogs. Meanwhile, the Bishop has built his empire with the morally loose. The next generation is tossed into the systemic rot.
Ten years ago, a lot of us were hopeful that the revelations of abuse would usher in reform. The reforms needed were simple. These tyrannies are built on the level of an Archdiocese. There needed to be a layer above the level of the Archdiocese that reports directly to the Pope so that the people on the level of the Archdiocese knows that they will be removed and held accountable for any corruption.
Instead of meaningful reform, the fix has been telling stories to innocent children about their parents and relatives putting their hands down their pants to rape them at any moment (without a single story of a priest or bishop putting their hands down children's pants!) and a series of Masses and ceremonies all over planet earth where we are treated to crocodile tears lamentations.
Watching these stunts rubs salt in our wounds.
Here's the most honest thing ever said since Cardinal O'Malley's installation here in Boston:
“We want to be part of a church that puts survivors, the victims of abuse, first — ahead of self-interest, reputation, and institutional needs,’’ O’Malley said.
The institution of our soul's salvation has been dismantled and replaced with this ridiculous dog and pony show.
So long as the people of Dublin are not expecting a system where the Holy See acts on corruption, these bells and whistles will bring some measure of comfort, I suppose.
Here's some commentary from Eponymous Flower that I couldn't agree with more:
Editor: They're not reading from a Catholic script here, they're participating in something akin to a reality television show, likeBishop Bode's phony attempt. Cardinal Sean and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin are playing ball for the wrong team, as usual. His Lordship, the Primate of Ireland, has been vocal about his role as the good guy, but he's consistently silent on Catholic teaching.
It's going to be difficult to be convincing about whatever it is you're apologizing for if you're not going to admit what the problem really is, it's integrity, as pointed out above and repeatedly on this blog. Neither the Primate of Ireland, nor the Archbishop of Boston are consistently Catholic. So, the problem isn't with the media manufactured sex-abuse crisis, it's a problem with the integrity of Catholic Bishops.