Thursday, August 09, 2018

Bishop Shawn McKnight: A change of culture among the clergy is needed

The Catholic Herald reports:

"The new Bishop of Jefferson City, Missouri has expressed his shock at the McCarrick scandal and 'the silence of so many bishops who knew about him.'

Writing on the diocesan website, Bishop Shawn McKnight said the reports were 'almost unbearable', adding: 'How could a brother bishop disrespect with such callousness the dignity of young boys, seminarians and priests over decades and no one called him on the carpet?'

'It is inexplicable to me. This cannot continue, and I hope with God’s grace there will be a change of culture among the clergy.'

The bishop, who was installed just six months ago, also urged any victim who has not yet come forward to do so now 'so that justice may be served and healing can take place.'

Bishop McKnight was ordained in 1994 for Diocese of Wichita, Kansas and has held teaching posts at Newman University and at the Pontifical College Josephinum Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. From 2010 to 2015 he was a member of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.

His comments come as bishops call for an inquiry into the allegations surrounding Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl suggested on Monday that a panel of bishops could investigate claims and rumours against their fellow prelates and report the findings to Rome.

However, two bishops have said any investigation must be independent. Bishop Timothy Doherty of Lafayette said the US Conference of Catholic Bishops could hire an outside investigator to find out 'who knew what, and when' over the McCarrick affair.

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany also said any investigative panel 'would have to be separated from any source of power whose trustworthiness might potentially be compromised.'

'While I am heartened by my brother bishops proposing ways for our Church to take action in light of recent revelations – and I agree that a national panel should be commissioned, duly approved by the Holy See – I think we have reached a point where bishops alone investigating bishops is not the answer,' Bishop Scharfenberger said."

A change in clerical culture is indeed sorely needed.  We need priests and Bishops who are capable of being outraged at sexual abuse and perversion.  See my post here.

It's time to fashion a whip and drive the filth out of the Church.  Something Pope Benedict XVI called for years ago.


TLM said...

It's 'time to fashion a whip'....etc.... It's way PAST time. This abomination has been going on under the radar for so long, that the corrupt culture has ingrained itself to the point that it is now part and parcel of the very fabric. I don't know HOW it is going to end, but God willing HE will fashion HIS OWN whip! These 'Bishops' are so far gone in their quest for POWER, MONEY and SEXUAL LICENSE that their 'faith' is totally non existent. They have LOST the faith and that's if they ever HAD the faith to begin with! When you look at reports, just the blackmail techniques alone so that their 'lifestyle' can continue, turn your stomach. Truthfully? HOW other than via divine intervention will the laity ever trust these perverted sodomite loving power hungry 'prelates' ever again? The Dear Lord will have to intervene here, no other way around it....and when He does it's going to be unbelievably UGLY. It's going to be CATASTROPHIC. The ROT goes all the way up to the shoes of Peter.

cogito said...

"Cardinal Donald Wuerl suggested on Monday that a panel of bishops could investigate claims and rumours against their fellow prelates and report the findings to Rome."
Right. And Cdl. Cupich agrees.

Mary said...

Another sex scandal in the archdiocese of Boston under the nose of so called cardinal Sean close down and sell thriving parishes and enable homosexual predators to take over other parishes, loot nun’s pensions Sean O’Malley, at St John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA. Pederast O’Malley isn’t being forthcoming on details but he has to be up to his eyeballs in this, What with his appointing homosexuals and pro-aborts into high positions in the archdiocese. It’s past time there was a call for his resignation

Mary said...

The way Wuerl “investigated” his fellow homosexual predators in the dioceses in Pennsylvania and elsewhere?

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