Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Dismantling the reforms on clerical sexual abuse instituted by Pope Benedict XVI

From Catholic Monitor:

"Pope Francis and Cardinal Seán O’Malley appear to handle the sex abuse crisis in the same way.

It appears that Francis and O’Malley don't receive letters when it's about sex abuse of minors.

Pope Francis's own chief adviser on sexual abuse matters and president of the Commission for the Protection of Minors Cardinal O’Malley personally gave a sex abuse victim letter to Francis that the Pope never acknowledged receiving.

Now, O' Malley received a letter from a priest which revealed that one of the most influential Cardinals in the United States was a sex abuser and he never received it.

O' Malley's record as Francis's own chief adviser on sexual abuse matters shows according to
journalist Hilary White that Francis and O' Malley have "all but completely dismantled" the "effective" reforms instituted against clerical sex abuse by Pope Benedict XVI:

"Pope Benedict installed effective procedural reforms on clerical sex abuse; Francis... has all but completely dismantled or reversed those changes... Benedict 'had defrocked or suspended more than 800 priests for past sexual abuse between 2009 and 2012'... His reforms specifically included bishops who refused to act against priest-abusers... 'This Pope has removed two to three bishops per month'... These reforms - and - removals - have ceased entirely under Francis [and O'Malley]." (Remnant, "Pope Francis Accused of Inaction in Notorious Sex Abuse Cases, January 25, 2017)

What is O' Malley's record in his diocese according the Bishop Accountability website (


We need priests and Bishops who fear God more than they do men.  Cowards will not lead us out of the valley of death.  Neither will homosexual or effeminate clerics who cannot relate to men.

Only shepherds who have the spiritual strength, the Cardinal Gift of Fortitude, to brave the risk of worldly criticism, will be able to lead the Catholic Church out of the valley of the Culture of Death and back on the road to the Civilization of Love which Pope John Paul II spoke of so often.

Why have so many priests succumbed to fear?  Why is it that their preaching no longer points out sin?  Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange provides us with an answer:

"The reason for this is not difficult to find.  A sermon is the result of the combined effort of all the priest's powers; it reveals his entire person; it is his struggle against the vices of the surrounding world."  In other words, if the preaching is unsound, it is because the priest's spiritual life is unsound.  Fr. Lagrange continues, "Everything in the priest cooperates in his preaching - study, reflection, his powers to compose and revise, the activity of his intellect, his imagination, his memory, his feelings, his voice.  Therefore, when he preaches, the priest stands exposed for all to study; some will be attracted, others will not.  Some will accept what he says, others will simply criticize.  So if the priest approaches his task from the human angle, he will say to himself: 'I cannot afford to lose my reputation; people of weight in the parish who take offense easily must be spared their feelings and not provoked; I must proceed warily so as not to incur criticism.'  In that way Christian eloquence is invaded by a profane eloquence in which the preacher looks after his own interests, not the glory of God or the saving of souls." (The Priest In Union With Christ, p. 156).

The Cult of Softness (see here) continues to produce only rot within the Church. 



TLM said...

If the Cardinals in the USCCB think that this latest exposure of McCarrick is just going to 'go away', they have QUITE ANOTHER THINK COMING!! We're just getting started. There are bits and pieces out there on others as well. Pray that Our Good Lord gives us the means and the evidence to expose THEM ALL! Pray that we may be His hands and feet to PURGE THEM ALL, for we now know there are MANY.

Ana Milan said...

When our leadership decided to become a political entity they took on the trappings of secular society - money grabbing, high life styles, call girls/boys, intimidation, threats, sackings or demotion of opposers, promoters of mediocrity but benign associates, money laundering through IOR, rigidity to Catholic Doctrine/Praxis frowned upon, welcoming to centuries old betrayers but scandalising to faithful followers of Christ. We now have a semi pope (one part of a dual papacy) who has taken upon himself the total destruction of the OHC&A Church. When can we expect the other half of this dual papacy to speak up, or is he in total agreement with what is happening?

TLM said...

"or is he in total agreement with what is happening?" .....Or does he by some strange deception not KNOW everything that is happening? I cannot imagine that he doesn't, but??? If in fact he DOES KNOW.....this indeed is the 64 million dollar question: Why doesn't he do anything about it? If he does know, it's time for him, in fact it's past time that he put on his armor and fight for Christ in His true Church! That's providing he is not in agreement with the destruction of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Some day, we will know the entire story.

jac said...

"Rhe smokes of Satan have entered the Temple of God" (Paul VI)
And since Paul VI through John Paul II, Benedict XVI, until now these smokes did nothing but to thicken up to the point every catholic faithful is suffocating.

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