I am pleasantly surprised by the number and quality of very-well-known faithfully-practicing Catholics who are willing to describe the war being waged against the family in Rome under the pontificate of Pope Francis.
It used to be that the corrupt could label the few people willing to say theres an elephant in the room as 'fringe' and that would be enough to scare people whose priorities include rubbing elbows with the bishop at swanky events.
Professional Catholics would agree with you under the radar but let the bishops undermine truth by tarring and feathering the prophets. When professional Catholics start repeating the rhetoric of Catholic bloggers, they're forced to acknowledge critics and attempt to defend the indefensible.
This article by a very-well respected Catholic psychologist Rick Fitzgibbons is quite an indictment.
As a psychiatrist with an expertise in the nature, origins and treatment of excessive anger, it has become clear to me that numerous statements and programs from the Vatican demonstrate the expression of excessive anger at St. John Paul II’s remarkable legacy and prophetic writings....
The new light shed upon Our Lord’s plan for marriage and sexuality, so badly needed in our time, has been very beneficial to Catholic youth, marriages, families, educators as well as the priesthood and the episcopacy over the past 35 years. It has begun to have a noticeable and constructive effect upon marriage preparation and the priestly vocation. Attempts at undermining St. John Paul II’s legacy are, therefore, almost inexplicable.
As we follow the continuous succession of ambiguous statements from the Vatican, it’s troubling to see the obvious anger expressed toward St. John Paul II and his teaching. This anger is not expressed in a clear and direct manner, but rather in an anger of the passive-aggressive type, i.e., anger expressed in a covert or masked way. This anger has been manifested primarily by ignoring his work, much as a spouse expresses anger in marriage by the silent treatment.
The patent anger against the legacy of St. John Paul II, however, has become more obvious and out in the open in a number of recent actions, particularly the seriously flawed Meeting Point online sex education program for youth from the Pontifical Council of the Family that was released at World Youth Day. This program demonstrates planned ambiguity by citing some material from Theology of the Body, while at the same time acting against Familiaris Consortio and the teaching of the Church by removing the vital role of parents in the formation of their children in this area. The program initially posted was also a threat to the psychological and spiritual well-being of youth through its use of pornographic images that were similar to the pornography used by adult sexual predators with adolescents.
I remember back 15 years ago when they introduced "Talking about Touching" as the cure for bishops who moved pedophiles from parish to parish.
The stories did not depict bishops who ordain perverts. They don't depict bishops who ignore the tell-tale signs that perverts are sexually-active. They don't depict crews at chanceries who malign and slander people who reported it.
It was a series of detailed pornographic stories stories that told the children their parents and relatives were perverts and the bishops were going to protect our children from us.
The bishops knew the lousy catechesis of the last 50 years added an extra layer of spiritual and emotional danger and they did it anyway.
I remember thinking at the time, these people don't care that they are harming children--they don't care about any of us.
I was shocked then. Twenty years later, evidence that would change my mind is somewhere between scant and non-existent.