September 14, 2018

McCarrick, etc.

There exist in the clergy certain sicknesses and cultures of immaturity. They are old, run deep, and defend themselves with fury. You are taught very quickly that to question or criticize them is to imperil your own opportunity to live the vocation to which you believe God has invited you.

Does that make you a hypocrite or someone fatally compromised if, in this regard, you ‘learn your lesson’ well and figure out for yourself how to avoid questioning or criticizing? I’m not sure. It’s something I’m struggling with in these days.

Nevertheless, and notwithstanding all the turmoil, it is a good thing when some of the more tragic or even criminal edges of these sicknesses and cultures come to be revealed, as happens from time to time. This provides opportunities for justice, for healing, and for sanity.

However, as in any crisis that the Church has faced, there will be losers. Some will lose their faith, others even their souls. And those who have taken upon themselves the pastoral care of those souls will have to answer for them before God. In the end, it is they who will have lost the most. As for those whose baseness and venality have driven good men away from a vocation to the priesthood, what will they have to say for themselves at the Judgment?

But times of crisis also produce saints. Martyrs whose witness is public and many others whose martyrdom is secret. Saints who have the strength to bear the tremendous sufferings of the vocation of reformer, of becoming one of those who blazes fresh new beginnings for holiness.


Louis M said...

I know a few bad priests.
I know many more fantastic priests
Including you, Father

Brother Charles said...

Thanks for the encouragement!

joshbraid said...

Nice blog. I think it is a great time to be a Catholic!

That said, I think that there is a true shift in the world that demands a radical change. No, not the same old corruption that has recently shown itself, this time in McCarrick. I mean a shift motivated by the dulling life of hedonism that is now normal. We need someone like St Francis, who took on the new (for then) culture of coinage and the accumulation of money.

Propping up this old institution's structure which is crashing slowly, deliberately, and obviously is not the way to go. I keep hearing St. Clare demanding, begging, waiting until the end of her life and seeing her finally getting her primitive rule, that her sisters could practice the extreme poverty that continuously cleansed them. All in the wealthiest times that Europe had seen for many a century.

I think the new saints will have to come out of the secular and hedonistic culture, though, like the Desert Fathers and Mothers, to live radically enough to get the attention of the dulled populace. In addition to many choking on the dust of the institutional collapse, I'm afraid many, many people will need to suffer the misery of losing their addictions so that they will open to the voice of God.

Great time to be Catholic!