CARROLLTON – I was reading some tribute letters in my new favorite magazine First Things about Richard John Neuhaus, who recently died. Father Neuhaus was the founder of the magazine, and wrote each month the keystone of the magazine, The Public Square, subtitled A Continuing Survey of Religion, Culture, and Public Life. This section of the magazine has quickly become my favorite, both for its breadth and depth as well as his wit. Sadly, I only just discovered this magazine and have been reading it since November 2008.
Among many other things that he was in life, Father Neuhaus was in the 60s a Lutheran pastor and a “left wing radical.” With Rabbi Heschel and Fr. Daniel Berrigan he founded Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, one of the largest antiwar groups of the day. He was pastor of an inner city Lutheran church of largely…
(ROME) – Pope Francis has removed Theodore E. McCarrick from the clerical state. The crimes which he has been found canonically guilty of are reprehensible and sickening. To wit:
“solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power.”
“Solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession,” meaning he propositioned the most vulnerable for sex while they were there seeking forgiveness for their sins. This vomitous abuse of power is indeed Satanic – a perversion of a Sacrament of Healing into Sacrilege of Harm. I don’t throw the term “satanic” around lightly. Satan cannot create, he can only pervert those goods which already exist.
I am sick to my stomach thinking about it. Does the punishment fit the crime? I cannot speak to that. My nausea tells me no. But, we do have Luke 17:1-2, and Mark 9:42 –
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
McCarrick shows no remorse – at this point I would be surprised and doubtful if he did. Habituated as he must certainly be to his abuse of power, he sees nothing wrong with his actions. Corruption. Thus are we perverted from good to evil.
I fear for his soul. My guess is one day he will plead for the millstone.
Meanwhile, the Bishop of Ft. Worth sends this letter, which I applaud:
Letter to the Faithful of the Diocese of Fort Worth Regarding the Laicization of Theodore E. McCarrick
February 16, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am supportive and grateful to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for his irrevocable decision to dismiss Theodore McCarrick from the clerical state after due process in accord with canon law in which he was found to be guilty of “solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power.”
It is my hope and prayer that the laicization of Mr. McCarrick will assist in healing those who suffered from his acts of sexual abuse and misconduct. Justice entails that anyone who assisted him in these actions or covered them up also be held accountable.
We read in the Gospel of Luke that Jesus told His Apostles, “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more,” (Luke 12:48). Ministry in the Church is a grace from God that carries with it sober responsibility. Ministry is not a right to be claimed by anyone as an entitlement; rather, it involves a covenantal trust begun through our Baptism as members of the Church established by Christ. This applies even more clearly to those men entrusted with the sacred responsibilities of the ordained ministries of deacon, priest, or bishop.
During my five years of serving as your bishop, I have always taken prompt action in removing priests, deacons, staff, and volunteers when credible allegations of sexual abuse against minors have been established.
The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and I have no tolerance for sexual abuse against minors, as well as against vulnerable adults by its clergy, staff, and volunteers, including me as bishop.
Please join me in continuing to pray for those who were harmed by Theodore McCarrick and for anyone else who has suffered the effects of sexual abuse perpetrated by others. I remain,
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Michael F. Olson, S.T.D. Bishop of Fort Worth
And we need to pray for McCarrick. Hard as that is for me to say. We must try to snatch him from Satan’s jaws.
The Global Exclaimer, being an attempt at an online newspaper, has lain fallow for lo these many months. There are many reasons, not the least of which is starting a new job, and starting a Master’s course in theology.
I am now employed as the Director of HR for Nautilus Hyosung America, Inc., a maker and distributor of Automatic Teller Machines. For Traders Village
Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree through their Institute of Pastoral Theology. This is a Catholic University started by Tom Monaghan and so this is Catholic Theology. (Update: I graduated in May of 2014!) I state this up front for a couple of reasons:
Many people used to follow this blog as a replacement for the late, lamented Print Edition of The Global Exclaimer – they may or may not be interested in theology in general and Catholic theology in particular. So, they may want to un-join, un-friend, un-rss, or whatever. I would like to say I will write other articles which many had told me they enjoyed – particularly the Puppycat Page and the Cigar Notes. That may or may not happen. And that is happening as we speak, er, type.
However, it might be worth hanging around for a two reasons –
The Puppycat Page and Cigar Notes were – in my mind – at least philosophical in nature. And philosophy, classical Aristotelian philosophy that is, is a necessary precursor to faith. If people liked reading those sections, then, I can reasonably state that there is some interest in “things that matter” and this is because:
Philosophy and Theology are interesting.
I have been asked to blog on a Catholic Blog called Joe Catholic, and am trying to decide if I should blog there and link here, or blog here and link there. I do know that I won’t have much time to do either – the course is intensive and requires copious reading and a fair amount of writing. And this semester the three classes will be fascinating, and it will be difficult for me to pull away from what I am doing to write. However, it always seems to help me to write as this seems to be when synthesis occurs.
But, again, this may be of little or no interest to any subscribed to this blog.
(WASHINGTON DC) – I am dismayed and so this is something of an angry post. I guess the best way to make my point is with pictures:
This is a picture of people celebrating. What are they celebrating? They are celebrating the killing of Americans. These people are very happy at the sight of people dying. They are elated – their joy can hardly be contained. This type of celebration is disordered and sick-minded.
This movie was not well received by devout religious types. Given the state of things in the 1970s, that is hardly surprising. The hippie drug/love/rock milieu was something that was emerging from counter-culture status into the mainstream, and so anything associated with it was viewed with dread and suspicion by the “establishment.” Given the driving music, the VERY 70s clothing style, the dancing featuring rhythmic pelvic thrusting – it was no surprise that it was viewed as disrespectful at best and downright sacrilegious at worst. Continue reading “I Never Thought I’d Come To This…”→
May BlogaThon – not to be confused with May BlogAThong
So, I decided to use peer pressure to help me write a blog a day for the month of May. This here will be the first post, and will be somewhat incoherent since I thought today was not May the First. But, 30 days hath September etc.
I have at least 5 days worth of blogging up my sleeve: I never finished a movie review of the 1970 something Jesus Christ Superstar, I want to start a regular feature titled Afternoon Teleogy, I have my job search which I can bore everyone with, and then there is the usual poking fun at politics etc. And, The Global Exclaimer has to announce its official endorsement of a surprise candidate for President of the USA.
After that, well, we’ll see.
This particular blogathon is the brain child of Michelle Rafter, and I think this is the fourth year this has been going on. I don’t think there are any requirements like minimum post size, etc., so this is going to probably be about it for this post. If I get all my chores done today, I will come back with either the 2nd installment of a discussion of the movie Jesus Christ Superstar, or announce the endorsement of a candidate for POTUS.