I’ve been a Latin Rite Catholic for ten years now, this following a meandering through Methodism (Catholic ultra-lite). My moving around the U.S. has given me a view of many different church congregations, Catholic and Protestant.
Most share the same commonalities along with the same problematic issues. The Liturgy and the Canon, even when not called by its name, are mostly uniform. Most churches suffer from the creeping, incessant assault of the modern world, giving in to “Churchianity,” the exploration, promotion, and appeasement of happy nothingness. And usually two things make or break a local church: the pastor and the people.
On the ground the churches operate the same. But this is an article about the Catholic Church as centered in Rome. There, in the Vatican, a world of worldly troubled boils over. Stories LIKE THIS ONE make me sick:
Vatican police have broken up a gay orgy at the home of the secretary to one of Pope Francis’s key advisers, it has been claimed.
The flat belonged to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, or Holy Office, which is in charge of tackling sexual abuse amongst the clergy.
Reports in Italy claim the occupant of the apartment is the secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio – a key aide to the 80-year-old Pope.
Coccopalmerio heads the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and was said to have once recommended his secretary for a promotion to bishop.
The claims about the police raid last month were made in the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano.
The flat involved is a short distance from the Vatican itself.
According to the paper, neighbours became suspicious before complaining about irregular behaviour of those coming and going at the flat.
When police showed up, they reportedly found drugs and a group of men engaged in sexual activity.
It is the latest scandal to hit the Vatican and comes after its finance chief Cardinal George Pell was charged with historical sexual offences.
Maybe, just maybe, the Church, before it spouts off about respecting governments mandating death for children, immigration, guns, or just about anything else, could clean up it’s own house. Now. Jesus said something about addressing the beam in one’s own eye before the splinter in another’s.
ANSA / The Mirror.
Here, that translates to keeping finance ministers out of prison and keeping secretaries and Lord knows who else off the dope and the gigolos and catamites. Do that and then comment on the social issues.
There’s a reason why people tell jokes about Priests molesting alter boys and children. There’s a truth behind the stereotype. The problem is real and it likely runs from Rome to each and every diocese. My layman’s understanding is that the seminaries are chock full of queers, freaks, loafers, leftists, and wimps. They’re not exactly modern-day carpenters, fishermen, and tent-makers.
It’s time to get rid of them. All of them. Purge the church, re-insulate it against the prince of this world, and watch it return to righteous splendor.
I’m not pre-judging any of the accused, here and now, but just how many such stories must the faithful endure?
The West is crumbling and desperately needs leadership. It does not need a farce of a San Francisco bathhouse masquerading as a religious/social club.