"Carol, if you don't leave this post up, then you're nothing but a coward who values tribal allegiances more than the truth. "
Well, I'd be willing to bet the Chancery is filled to the rafters with people who'd like to get a crumb of my cowardice. They could use the rest. In fact, I could use the rest myself.
There have been plenty of days when I read about the chicanery of bishops and say "Carol, what you need is some fear and inertia. Think of all the extra time you'll have on your hands. You could go to the gym. Read more. Take a bubble bath. Clean out the closets and the cellar. Clean your car. Take down your Christmas wreaths."
I've never been able to get anywhere near fear and inertia. It takes an army of angels, and a whole lot of prayer in a state of grace to just temper my reaction. That's as close as I have ever been to fear and inertia. Frankly, I think cowardice is afraid of me.
No pun intended.. but I'm afraid you've got the reason I keep deleting your comments, all wrong.
The reason I delete your comments is because you find a way to use the personal flaws of Catholic Bishops to mischaracterize true discipleship in Christ as outside of the Catholic Church and Christ's Sacraments. You are deluding and consoling yourself because you despaired and walked out on Christ and His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and the price of our salvation - the Sacraments.
I have exhausted every avenue. People spent a great deal of time in the comments section talking to you. I reached out privately to speak with you, encourage you to return to the Sacrament of Confession and spiritual guidance under the guardianship of a Catholic priest. When you continued to portray 2000 years of Sacraments, Saints, the Deposit of Faith and the spiritual and corporal works of mercy as non-existent - and in their stead, mischaracterize the Mystical Body of Christ as corruption to flee, I warned you about the intellectual and spiritual consequences of tailspin from blasphemy. I asked you to stop posting here because I am incapable of patronizing you as you delude yourself and I felt the matter was moving into the sinful waste of precious time. Everything had been tried and said. Asking you at least a dozen times to stop posting the fruit of your bitterness and confusion was an exercise in futility. Ergo, I resorted to deleting your posts. I have learned that by deleting posts of people wasting our time, they learn they are wasting their own time, and they eventually move on.
The contributions of hundreds of thousands of athletes are not caricatured by what happened at Penn State. There are millions of men who will gather around the television set to watch football. They will applaud the gifted men who have worked hard to develop their talents. You won't find anyone cruising football fan blogs saying football is about breeding pedophiles and corruption.
There are millions of people who play golf, in spite of Tiger Woods. You won't find anyone cruising golf blogs to caricature it as breeding violent adulterers. The talents of gifted golfers are respected and emulated.
Reporting misfeasance and malfeasance of a couple of hundred Bishops in our 2000 year history and seeking justice is one thing. Capitalizing on it to make excuses for one's abandonment of Christ's Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity is entirely another.
I'm not going to host people on a crusade to caricature Christ's Church the way you do. I'm sparing Christ. I'm sparing my readers. I'm sparing myself. The time we all would spend responding to your comments is much better spent saying a Divine Mercy Chaplet.
There comes a time when you hand something over to God. We are not called to be successful, we are called to be faithful.
This is why I am deleting your comments.
I repeat what I have been saying to you all along: It is my advice that you stop misleading Catholics and other Christians and return as a repentant son to seek the Mercy of Christ through Sacrament of Confession. There is no other venue for Mercy for a Baptized Catholic. Sincerely, sit yourself in front of the Eucharist in a state of grace. Immerse yourself in the writings of Catholic Saints.
I wish you the best and you have our prayers.