First of all, EVEN George Weigel was willing to write an article confirming the Holy Father's dirty deeds in China.
Listen, I'm as guilty as the next person of contributions to injuries to the Mystical Body of Christ, so I'm not standing on moral high ground when I say the Catholic cufflink armchair warriors cover spiritual crimes and misdemeanors to preserve their apostolates from the wrath and retaliation of the episcopal corrupt. Being chummy with Bishops and Romans at swanky events is of utmost importance to their careers.
For a very long time, decades really, the bishops and Romans were able to diminish the efficacy of exposing corruption by forging a chum and chump club in Catholic social circles.
If your apostolate plays deaf, dumb and blind to the corruption, you are in the chum club. If you write about it, you are a member of the chump club.
Catholic Blogs delivered a lethal blow to the episcopal chum and chump club. The chumps became the champs.
I've been to the swanky events. The chums will privately admit what's happening, but they pay their mortgage with their apostolate, so the public charade must go on.
I'm pleased to see George couldn't stand it and came to Jesus on the assault upon the Mystical Body of Christ in China. But duly note that a chum, even when they do write about the corruption, will never hold the guilty party accountable. It's always mysterious and powerful hobbits surrounding the innocent fool. They use terms like 'chancery' or 'Vatican' or 'Holy See'.
Of course this dynamic can take place. But when a Pope spends five years praising heresy and heretics, appointing and giving them power, whilst slandering, obstructing, removing and alienating faithful Catholics - the problem isn't the hobbits, it's the Pope. The problem is the Holy Father.
When a chum exposes corruption, the Romans and Bishops are forced to mount their defense by attacking the whistleblower. Alas, with the exposition of their execution of Christ in China, the Holy Father and the enablers mounted an attack against Cardinal Zen and the whistleblowers.
The Vatican did not directly mention Cardinal Zen but said criticism of its China policy was "fostering confusion and controversy".
In its response, the Vatican said the Pope was in "constant contact with his collaborators... on Chinese issues".
"It is therefore surprising and regrettable that the contrary is affirmed by people in the Church, thus fostering confusion and controversy,
The corrupt are still living in the glory days when slandering whistleblowers was effective.
The reality is, when the chums are not willing to give them the nudge and the wink, there they stand exposing their own deceitfulness and calumny, telling the world the pope has blood on his hands.
We all know the pope is in constant contact with collaborators and is collaborating with them to force outcomes.
What isn't said is, the persecuted Church has been in constant contact with each other for decades. The internet provided us with means and tools. We know each other well. Communications and more importantly EVIDENCE has built trust. We know who all the players are in every corner of the earth. The corrupt do not realize what transpired through the internet in the last 20 years and so they play their cards in ignorance. Catholic parents worried about what was happening at their local parishes are more skilled than the FBI.
Please. Do don't tell us who the pope is collaborating with - we know all too well.
The Pope is well aware of the effects of his spiritual truancy because he had to penalize, silence and remove bishops teaching the authentic faith for the counterfeit empire he foisted upon his people to succeed.
Thank God, we now have media sources that refuge whistleblowers and Cardinal Zen was able to respond.
Cardinal Joseph Zen has criticized the Vatican’s Secretary of State over comments about the Holy See’s relations with China. Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, says Cardinal Pietro Parolin is a “man of little faith” and that he wonders if Parolin knows what “true suffering is.”
In a statement released on Monday, Cardinal Zen addressed the controversy over the Vatican legitimizing excommunicated bishops loyal to Beijing and the forcing of legitimate bishops of the underground Church into retirement.
Zen said that while several close associates have advised him to pray more and to speak less, he wants to “keep talking,” especially because he senses that “before long” he will no longer be able to speak.
“How many nights of suffering will the priests and laity endure, at the thought that they will have to bow down to and obey those bishops who are now illegitimate and excommunicated, but tomorrow will be legitimized by the Holy See, and supported by the government,” he said.
And that is the haunting question that lies before us.