When I was a child my Mother would frequently use the phrase “Tell the truth and shame the devil” (I must have been a naughty child!).
Truth has become, in this secular age, a rare commodity. That great Order of the Church, the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), has ‘Veritas’ as its banner, and not without good reason.
In recent days the secular press has been speculating on incidents that occurred within the Vatican, culminating in the disappearance, and possibly murder of a young girl. I do not intend to comment on the salacious descriptions of what might, or might not have happened. When this blog was started it was a declared principle, that has since been ‘moderated’, that we would not be afraid to call our Bishops to account but I want to beg for – truth.
The sex-abuse scandals have been shocking. I am led to believe that many Catholics have questioned their support for an institution that could, by cover-up, condone the shocking abandon with which a minority (and a small minority) of our priests could treat the Deposit of Faith – and their own promises and vows made at their ordination. When we learned that allegations of abuse where also thrust at the door of some religious groups of women this became doubly shocking.
Paolo Rodari, a respected Catholic journalist, and co-writer of Fr. Amforth’s recent book certainly gives credence to these rumours of immoral ‘goings-on’ which are alleged to have happened some years ago.
The purpose of this post, which I write with sadness, is to beg those in a Curial position, who have access in one way or another, to comply with the lawful authorities and once and for all bring an end to this shameful episode in our Church. It is not acceptable to withold, cover-up or in any way impede what must be lawful investigation by properly constituted authority. Families of victims of any wrong-doing have a right to fact. The honest Prelature of the Vatican have the right to fact. The Bishops of the Universal Church have the right to fact. Our Priests who are usually in the front-line of any anti-Catholic rants have a right to fact. And we, the laity, in this age of the New Evangelisation have the right to fact. It is an insult to our Faith to proceed with anything but truth.
In pre-empting those that will use these allegations as a stick with which to beat us, we say that the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church will remain inviolate. It will survive (as it has for over 2,000 years) all that the devil with all his minions might try to throw at it. And, for the people whose names will probably make headlines in the coming months, your prayers for them. Above all your prayers please, for our blessed Holy Father Benedict XVI; for his strength and for his Pontificate.
Sacred Scripture tells us “The Lord is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands” (Psalm 9:16).
May truth be known and may justice be swift.
However unpalatable truth may be, it must be told without delay and the devil shamed.
Our Lady Help of Christians: pray for us.
Our Lady of Fatima: pray for us.