Over the past few weeks, there was a lot of puff pieces in the Catholic media about how much progress the Bishops have made on sex scandals in the past ten years. I suppose the puff pieces were convince the regular pewsitter coming and going once a week and the people who alienated themselves from the Sacraments because they were so scandalized that the fix is in. But, from the standpoint of the catechized Catholics who tied themselves to the Arc with the Sacraments to ride out the storm and whom have repeatedly run up against the same flaw, it the Mr. Fix It media blitz was more than an empty gesture that gives us a queasy feeling on our stomach.
This is what it was like before:
Catholics who called the Chancery to report corruption, crimes, were 'listened to'.
When the listening was over, that was the end of their actions on the matter. Naive people who are 'listened to' inside of the Catholic Church feel a tremendous sense of relief. They did the right thing. It is implied in the listening that the people they told will then 'do something' about it.
But, they don't. They only veil it or shuffle it.
Some whistleblowers returned to a Chancery to insist something be done about it.
That's when they did something.
They used money, 'obedience', a sob story, to get people of good will to be silent.
If the whisteblower wasn't satisfied with those offers, they would circle the wagons to slander him or her as a whackadoo. They were bullied, threatened, shunned.
The priest being reported was protected. Some of them honored with public statements from the Archdiocese saying what a swell guy he was. Sometimes, they roasted them with honors.
You know what has changed from the above?
Not a thing.
In my opinion, the whole dynamic is worse than it ever was.
Everyone in the Chancery and Episcopal Conference is shocked, shocked I tell you, to learn this week Gabino Zavala had a cookie shacked up somewhere and fathered numerous children.
Tell me something, do you suppose there are signs and red flags when a married man is living a double life with a family in another state?
Money starts to disappear.
Here's another question for you. If he had a bunch of children holed up in a house somewhere, he could have been getting away with it all these years, right?
A woman, a man or a bunch of children. To this day, they can still shack them up somewhere and have a go at it.
Everyone looks the other way. Pretends they don't see. When they are close enough to see and know, they cover up for them.
That was the problem.
It remains the problem.
Happy 10th Sex Scandal Anniversary.