Thursday 21st February 2019

Home » Frontpage » Currently Reading:

A Turning Point For The Church?…We Shall See

August 4, 2018 Frontpage No Comments

By JOSEPH MATT

This past week one of the highest-ranking American leaders in the Catholic hierarchy, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, resigned from the College of Cardinals and was suspended from public ministry because of credible sex abuse charges. Many in the laity who had been convinced that the sex abuse crisis within the Church was in its latter stages and reaching a conclusion have been fooled again, but this time they are not standing still. The rage of the laity is beyond measurement at this time. Some are calling for special commissions, special prosecutors, and total withholding of funds for the Church.

This outrage is totally justified after decades of countless diocesan scandals that have entailed multiple lawsuits, cover-ups, and payoffs resulting in many bankrupt dioceses. These events have contributed to the erosion of trust, hope, and loyalty of the faithful Catholics who thought the Church had turned the corner and moved past this ugly scar, only to discover we have squandered much Church treasure and moral credibility due to the lack of true leadership in Christ’s Church. Now that it is obvious that this filth and rot reach the top of the leadership posts within the Church, we see we are nowhere near solving the problem.

The latest revelations themselves come as no surprise to readers of The Wanderer, whose late news editor, Paul Likoudis, relentlessly covered and exposed many of the sex abuse scandals in the 1980s and 1990s. At the time, The Wanderer suffered much ridicule and derision for reporting on much of what was not then believed and not yet widely exposed — only to be vindicated in the course of time.

Ultimately, God will have His justice. The Church must move on from this scandal if the hierarchy is to restore its moral authority within the Church — but the bishops cannot be trusted to police themselves, given their failed track record to date.
The foxes were in charge of the henhouse in 2002 when The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (The Dallas Charter) was established by the USCCB for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.
The Dallas Charter, which was intended to prevent these kinds of abuses from happening in the future was formulated in part by some of the very people who were participating in the abuses, namely Cardinal McCarrick. As a result of the new charter, programs such as Virtus were created, a morally questionable and flawed program basically “protecting” victims in some cases against their own parents, instead of protecting potential victims from the real predators — in this case, a bishop.
This program was set up by the bishops through their insurance company, essentially protecting the bishops and their insurance companies from lawsuits. (The Wanderer has had extensive coverage of both these issues.)

Is it any surprise that this same hierarchy which has protected its fellow clerics brought us the watered-down catechetics from the 1970s, the lack of consistent follow-through with authentic Church teaching (Humanae Vitae comes to mind), decades of silence from the pulpit on Church teaching concerning sexuality and abortion, the renegade seminaries, the diluted liturgies, and the relaxed standards of discipline within the hierarchy of the Church.
When you think about the crisis facing the Church today — it is no wonder these things continue to haunt the Church when we look at the corruption within the hierarchy. This latest scandal calls for a plan of action — to be implemented quickly.

The bottom line is that the responsibility for this whole scandal will have to rest at the Chair of Peter. To this date the Pope has not publicly clarified basic Catholic teaching in regard to the Eucharist for the divorced and remarried and even the issue of Protestant reception of Holy Communion, leaving both clergy and the laity in the lurch. This latest scandal will only intensify lay outrage if it is not addressed forcefully and truthfully by this Pontiff.
As of this writing, the Pope has removed McCarrick from his duties and ordered that he be confined to an as yet undisclosed location until he faces canonical trial. These actions would be expected from anybody in authority — but they will not be enough. What comes next will be quite telling. Those who are accommodating the evil and allowing scandal among the leadership of the Church need to be exposed and rooted out.
If the Pope does not act on this, the laity must call upon the known true leaders of the faith to establish a commission or panel of prelates, along with members of the lay faithful, to push for cleaning house in the hierarchy. It will be imperative for the laity to play a significant role in any solution to this crisis of moral credibility and failure of leadership within the Catholic hierarchy.

The McCarrick scandal will be an interesting case study under this Pontificate. The controversial Amoris Laetitia has been widely criticized for its controversial explanations on how the Church must accompany sinners. This high-profile event will provide the Church with a concrete example of how the Church puts into practice Pope Francis’ much ballyhooed Church of accompaniment.
Donald Cardinal Wuerl, in a letter dated March 3 of this year to his priests regarding the implementation of Amoris Laetitia in his Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., stated:
“The apostolic exhortation calls for a compassionate pastoral approach to many people — married, single, and divorced — who are struggling to face issues in life, the teaching of the Church, and their own desire to reconcile all of this. The exhortation is a call to compassionate accompaniment in helping all to experience Christ’s love and mercy. . . .”
One would assume this includes the good Cardinal McCarrick — perhaps now we will get some of the clarity the laity have been requesting from the Vatican on this subject as we watch how our Church leaders handle his case. Will we see exactly what the Pope had in mind with his exhortation Amoris Laetitia — will it apply to Cardinal McCarrick? We shall see.

It is possible the McCarrick scandal could be seen as a watershed event in today’s Church. Maybe those in the clergy will sense that the laity have no time for the prelates in the Church who are trying to sell us on some new paradigm while their woeful inability to show any leadership within their own house is exposed. The Church of accompaniment, the Church of relentless mercy void of repentance, the politically convenient support of open borders and concern for climate change seem to have a hollow ring to them now that the credibility of the Catholic hierarchy has taken on a full frontal attack. As the McCarrick scandal is exposed to the world, many of the prelates who knew for years but looked the other way will have a difficult time preaching their version of the Gospel to a suspicious laity.
This will have to be reconciled if the Church is to be healed and move forward.

It seems fitting that 50 years to the date the Church celebrates the anniversary of Humanae Vitae, a document which was ridiculed and passed over and ignored by much of the Church for the last 50 years, can now be taken seriously and reexamined as to how its dismissal played an important role in much of what troubles the Church today. Perhaps the true blessings of Humanae Vitae can now be highlighted and promoted in the fashion that was intended.

Catholics of faith might look at this as a turning point. It is a point when the laity have become so outraged that finally the shepherds have no choice but to listen to them if they wish to reclaim their credibility as true shepherds. These are the lay faithful who have been crying out for decades to be affirmed and taught the rich faith that they are entitled to as members of the Body of Christ.
This is a turning point for the leadership of the Catholic Church — a point where bishops, cardinals, and priests will be given a choice whether to follow the precepts of the Catholic faith and return to their mission of saving souls again, or continue to divide and erode the Church that Christ founded some 2,000 years ago. This means preaching the full Gospel again, the Gospel as Christ preached it, and not just using the Commandments to support the political arguments of the day.

Share Button

2017 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Twitter Feed

Load More...

Pope picks liberal cardinals Cupich, Marx, Tagle for featured talks at Vatican Abuse Summit

ROME, February 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Germany, and Cardinal Antonio Tagle of the Philippines will be featured speakers at the Vatican’s upcoming summit on clerical sex abuse titled, “The Protection of Minors…Continue Reading

SD BISHOP CALLS CATHOLIC GROUP ‘EVIL’ FOR OPPOSING CARDINAL CUPICH

RAPID CITY, S.D. (ChurchMilitant.com) – A bishop is calling a Catholic apostolate “evil” for being critical of Cdl. Blase Cupich. Bishop Robert Gruss of Rapid City, South Dakota issued a statement to be read from all parish pulpits the weekend of Feb. 9–10 condemning…Continue Reading

The Christian Faith: The only valid and the only God-willed religion

The Truth of the filial adoption in Christ, which is intrinsically supernatural, constitutes the synthesis of the entire Divine Revelation. Being adopted by God as sons is always a gratuitous gift of grace, the most sublime gift of God to…Continue Reading

Roberts joins Supreme Court’s liberal wing in blocking Louisiana abortion law

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Supreme Court’s liberal wing on Thursday in temporarily blocking a Louisiana law that would have placed restrictions on abortion clinics, in the high court’s first major ruling on abortion since the confirmation of Associate Justice…Continue Reading

Supermodel Takes On Catholic Poland With Sex Education Campaign

Supermodel Anja Rubik could be a symbol of any modern, progressive European country. After joining a campaign to defend women’s rights, she started tackling school sex education and published a book for teenagers that sought to counter the teachings of…Continue Reading

Cardinals endorse campaign to stop homosexual networks in Church

February 5, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Gerhard Müller – the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – commented on a recently launched campaign to Stop homosexual networks in the Catholic Church as organized by the Swiss organization…Continue Reading

Back on Twitter, Bishop Tobin rebukes Catholic pols who support abortion rights

PROVIDENCE — After a months-long hiatus, Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence has returned to Twitter to pointedly remind Rhode Island’s Catholic legislators — and the state’s Catholic governor — of his “track record on dealing with pro-abort…Continue Reading

US bishop rebukes Virginia Governor for ‘staggering’ infanticide remarks

ARLINGTON, Virginia, January 31, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The staunchly pro-lifeCatholic Bishop of Arlington, Virginia, has strongly rebuked pro-infanticidecomments made earlier this week by Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam. Bishop Michael Burbidge today called Northam’s comments a “staggering admission” that reveals just “how far abortion…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: ‘We must provide sex education in schools’

ROME, January 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis is advocating sex education in schools, saying he believes children “must” be taught “objective” lessons about human sexuality that aren’t “soaked with ideological colonization.” During an inflight press conference on his return…Continue Reading

Trump blasts Virginia Democrats for defending infanticide

January 30, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump lambasted Virginia Democrats for supporting abortion up until, during, and even after birth, calling Delegate Kathy Tran’s comments on her bill permitting abortion even as a woman goes into labor “terrible.” Virginia…Continue Reading

Catholic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Vows to Sign Bill Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is pushing a radical pro-abortion bill in her state while claiming to be Catholic. The legislation, which contradicts the teachings of the Catholic Church, would legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth. A…Continue Reading

Undiscovering Columbus: Notre Dame President Puts Explorer Under Wraps

The University of Notre Dame has capitulated to several left-of-center causes and ideologies that threaten its reputation as the premier Roman Catholic college in the nation. The most recent submission to contemporary ideologies is the decision to cover the murals…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

Cburke3

  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading

Catechism

Today . . .

Dubia cardinals to bishops at Vatican abuse summit: ‘Will you also be silent?’

Cburke3

VATICAN, February 19, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke and Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, the two remaining dubia cardinals, wrote an open letter to the Presidents of the worldwide Bishops’ Conferences meeting in the Vatican for the Summit on sexual abuse. “The plague of the homosexual agenda has been spread within the Church,” they write, “promoted by organized networks and protected by a climate of complicity and a conspiracy of silence.” The Church hierarchy, however, wishes…Continue Reading

Vatican sex abuse cover-up unravels as prosecutors home in on bishop protected by Pope Francis

February 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Argentinean prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation for alleged sexual abuse against a bishop and close personal friend appointed and protected by Pope Francis, according to the attorney general’s office of the province of Salta, Argentina. The target of the investigation is Gustavo Zanchetta, who was named bishop of the diocese of Orán by Pope Francis in 2013. Zanchetta suddenly fled his diocese and resigned from his office in July…Continue Reading

McCarrick laicized by Pope Francis

mckarick

Vatican City, Feb 16, 2019 / 01:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ordered this week the laicization of Theodore McCarrick, a former cardinal and archbishop emeritus of Washington, and a once powerful figure in ecclesiastical, diplomatic, and political circles in the U.S. and around the world. The decision followed an administrative penal process conducted by the CDF, which found McCarrick guilty of “solicitation in the Sacrament…Continue Reading

Daleiden decries gov’t ‘collusion’ with Planned Parenthood in body parts case

SAN FRANCISCO, California, February 12, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life advocate David Daleiden decried what he said was “collusion” that he witnessed happening in court yesterday between California’s deputy attorney general and abortion organizations.

Bishop Schneider: Abuse summit will be ‘doomed’ if it doesn’t address homosexuality

KAZAKHSTAN, February 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan said that the upcoming Vatican abuse summit is “doomed to failure” if the “predominant role” of homosexuality in the crisis is not addressed. “If the upcoming Summit on Clerical Sexual Abuse in the Vatican will not address the issue of the moral relativism and the non-belief in the perennial validity of the Sixth Commandment of the Decalogue as the deepest cause of clerical…Continue Reading

Advertisement(2)

Supreme Court . . . Blocks Law Regulating Louisiana Abortion Doctors

By CHRISTINE ROUSSELLE WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — The Supreme Court has blocked from taking effect a Louisiana law requiring abortion doctors to hold admitting privileges at hospitals nearby to abortion clinics. The court issued a stay on Thursday evening, February 7. In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court granted a temporary stay blocking the law…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Exhumation Of The Equal Rights Amendment

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is a professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the…Continue Reading

God Counts The Tears Of Women

By DONALD DeMARCO The Talmud states that God counts the tears of women. This is a beautiful statement and underscores the compassion that God has for all women. Moreover, it is a compassion that should be shared by men, for the same text warns men that “they do not cause their wives pain.” Rabbi Chaim…Continue Reading

Abortion And The Green New Deal… De-Developing And Dehumanizing The United States

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate — www.creators.com — distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + Do you know who said the following? “If you further decided to buy a small car that would last 30 years, be easily repairable and…Continue Reading

Has Trump Found The Formula For 2020?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN (Editor’s Note: This column was released February 8, before further developments in Virginia.) + + + His State of the Union address, say the two networks, met with the approval of 76 percent of all viewers — 97 percent of Republicans, 82 percent of independents, and 30 percent of Democrats. Seventy-two…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Cardinal Mueller Issues Manifesto . . . A Quasi Correction Of Pope Francis’ Pontificate

By JOHN-HENRY WESTEN and MAIKE HICKSON (LifeSiteNews) — Gerhard Cardinal Mueller, the former head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office, has released a Manifesto which reads like a correction of many of the doctrinal errors Pope Francis has taught during his tenure as Pope. The cardinal intended to release the manifesto on February 10. That date is the eve of the…Continue Reading

Be Like God And Love Your Enemies

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 1 Cor. 15:45-49 Luke 6:27-38 In the second reading today St. Paul teaches there are two Adams, the first Adam is of Earth, the second, Jesus, is from Heaven. St. Paul points out that the natural came first, then the spiritual, so…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… “Men Are Not Women” And Other Inconvenient Facts

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Of course men are not women, you might respond — it’s a matter of fact. You can certainly say that for yourself if you so choose, but you cannot say it for everyone. Not anymore. The politically correct absconding from the use of reason is exploding into a political and social lobby of ever-increasing proportions.…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Some words of wisdom from Fr. George Rutler in the parish bulletin of The Church of St. Michael in New York City: “The other day, intemperate journalists accused youths from a Catholic high school in Covington, Ky., of making racial threats against an elderly Native American during the March for Life. Videos proved that there was no truth…Continue Reading

Cardinal Zen In New Book… Vatican’s China Strategy Was All About Compromise And Surrender

  By MAIKE HICKSON Joseph Cardinal Zen, For Love of My People I Will Not Remain Silent, Ignatius Press: 2019, www.ignatius.com; paperback, 153 pages. (LifeSiteNews) — Chinese Cardinal Joseph Zen has strongly criticized in a new book the Vatican’s recent dealings with China, stating that the “strategy was wrong,” adding that it was “all about compromise and surrender.” He has…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara

By CAROLE BRESLIN India has almost as many people (1.37 billion) as China (1.42 billion), which has three times the land area. Of the population of India, under three percent are Christian. In Kerala, a state on the southwest coast of India, nearly 20 percent are Christian. Perhaps the greater proportion is a result of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, who…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Jacoba Of Settesoli

By CAROLE BRESLIN Two millennia of Catholicism have produced saints from all walks of life: rich and poor — and the wealthy who became poor, such as St. Francis of Assisi who renounced his inheritance, St. Anthony of Egypt who gave his wealth away, and St. Thomas Aquinas who became a poor monk. There have also been those who lived…Continue Reading