That is a key theme found in an article called "The Catholic Church Is A Cesspool". The title is true enough if by "Catholic Church" he means the institutional structure that is infested with perverts and their toads. Among the actions he suggests is the withholding of donations to bishops' collection. In the Archdiocese of Washington, that would mean the complete boycott of the "Communications and Human Development" (really the CCHD collection) that will happen during the weekend of August 4-5. We in this archdiocese simply cannot give financial aid to Cardinal McCarrick and his henchmen any longer.
Randy Engel, who wrote "Rite Of Sodomy" many years ago, gave an analysis of the situation that was published in AKA Catholic. In light of what she wrote, it makes sense how McCarrick and others were able to get away with their crimes (and resultant destruction of faith if not lives) of so many young men. She, like I, believe that he will retire quietly and live out the rest of his earthly life in relative comfort. She too believes that such will be enabled by the "short and faulty memory of American Catholics". She got that right. I live in the parish where six years ago Father Marcel Guarnizo was ousted because he obeyed Canon 915. I wonder how many of my fellow parishioners even remember that (a few do, but not too many)?
The fact is that we laity are not mere "little people" who have no clout. In addition to our own prayer (especially the Rosary), we must utilize our rights as laity. We must speak out, and even speak in rebuke to these prelates, should we ever encounter them. And of course we hold the "power of the purse". Until these prelates come clean (and that might be never), we should never contribute one red penny to any bishop's or USCCB-affiliated collection. Why should we finance their lawsuit settlements and their cushy "lives of secluded penance"? Don't forget to advise your chanceries of your cessation of donations. There are plenty of other worthy recipients of your donation dollars.
For residents in the Archdiocese of Washington, that is, McCarrick's home diocese, that would mean that we completely boycott the upcoming CCHD collection during the weekend of Aug 4-5. Of course the CCHD was always unworthy of our donations, but now we have even more reason to starve to death that beast known as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The abuse of young men by perverts in the clergy is nothing new. In times past, though, the Church knew how to deal with it. Consider these words of St. Basil the Great (as quoted by St. Peter Damian) regarding that topic:
"Any cleric or monk who seduces young men or boys, or who is apprehended in kissing or in any shameful situation, shall be publicly flogged and shall lose his clerical tonsure. Thus shorn, he shall be disgraced by spitting into his face, bound in iron chains, wasted by six months of close confinement, and for three days each week put on barley bread given him toward evening. Following this period, he shall spend a further six months living in a small segregated courtyard in the custody of a spiritual elder, kept busy with manual labor and prayer, subjugated to vigils and prayers, forced to walk at all times in the company of two spiritual brothers, never again allowed to associate with young men for purposes of improper conversation or advice,”
Wise words indeed.
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