So much has been reported and written about the crimes of the sexual abuse scandal and cover-up by the hierarchy and clergy of the Catholic Church. But precious little has been said by anyone about the sinfulness of it all. Think about this for a moment, please…..Why is this so? Questions:
Have the clergy succumbed to a new form of antinomianism? (In Christianity, an antinomian is one who takes the principle of salvation by faith and divine grace to the point of asserting that the saved are not bound to follow the moral law contained in the Ten Commandments, especially the First, Sixth and Eighth?)
Are the concerns for property, assets, public appearance/perception, climbing and their very hides, of greater importance than Truth, Faith, Catholic morality, the Commandments, the Gospels?
Have they resolved to remedy the scandal through exclusively secular means such as the use of Public Relations spokespersons and Lawyers?
Have they forgotten about the need for humility, honesty, repentance, the Sacrament of Penance?
In terms of Justice, have they not been more concerned about legal liability and defense strategies rather than compassion and care for their many victims? Do they think that tons of cash can heal broken hearts, dashed faith and scarred souls? And what about the harm done to the faithful Catholic in the pews? What about the damage that has and continues to be done to their faith?
Jesus said, “Those who live by the sword, die by the sword”. By lawyering up, have the hierarchy not opened the door to intervention of an exclusively secular nature by the FBI and state attorneys general?
But what about the most important dimension of it all…the Religious dimension? If one steps back and looks at everything that has been said and written about the whole ugly mess that is the sexual abuse scandal, one will NEVER see anything said about mortal sin. Have we forgotten that the use of child/post-pubescent pornography and the sexual abuse of our young by clergymen is not only the sinful breaking of the promise of celibacy, but also, the conscious and deliberate violation of the First, Sixth and Eighth Commandments….a MORTAL SIN THAT COULD LEAD TO ETERNAL PUNISHMENT WHICH IS FAR WORSE THAN A PUNITIVE FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT OR JAIL TIME??? DO THEY NOT BELIEVE IN THE EXISTENCE OF HELL?
Perhaps it’s time that the bishops put away their financial Guard Dogs (lawyers), and instead, re-read the Gospels, the Commandments, the teaching of the great Saints, especially St. Thomas More…and humbly confess their mortal sins, beg for forgiveness from God and His holy people, step down from their earthy thrones, and spend the rest of their days repenting in “sackcloth and ashes” until which time they face their Judge Who alone can read the contents of the heart…
FYI:: Commandments 1, 6, 8
“I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have any strange gods before Me.”
This commandment forbids idolatry, the worship of false gods and goddesses, and it excludes polytheism, the belief in many gods, insisting instead on monotheism, the belief in one God. This commandment forbids making golden calves, building temples to Isis, and worshipping statues of Caesar, for example.
“Thou shalt not commit adultery.”
The sixth and ninth commandments honor human sexuality.
These commandments forbid the actual, physical act of having immoral sexual activity, specifically adultery, which is sex with someone else’s spouse or a spouse cheating on their partner. These commandments also includes fornication, which is sex between unmarried people, prostitution, pornography, homosexual activity, masturbation, group sex, rape, incest, pedophilia, bestiality, and necrophilia.
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”
The Eighth Commandment condemns lying. Because God is regarded as the author of all truth, the Church believes that humans are obligated to honor the truth. The most obvious way to fulfill this commandment is not to lie — intentionally deceive another by speaking a falsehood. So a good Catholic is who you want to buy a used car from. (From Catholicism for Dummies)