"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

An example of recovering one's reputation...

It's not impossible.
"Cardinal Bernardin's public life was far from "over" after the allegations of pedophilia against him were proven false. He went on to have a very successful career as Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Chicago and authored a wonderful book on the value of suffering." - Commenter on Lessons from the allegations against Father John Corapi.

Bernadin was certainly a well known Churchman - even outside of the Church.  Of course the Cardinal's reputation has been totally destroyed, and just about all of his works demonized by 'the many' since his death from cancer, but he certainly suffered all of his trials gallantly and heroically.  Humility is a very great virtue. 


  1. Henry Karlson4:31 AM

    Of course, there is St Gerard Majella

  2. "Gay Men's Chorus" Bernadin? Everyone knows the dude was a pertinacious man of little to no Orthodoxy.

    And what was he doing at the murder scene while the police were investigating it?


  3. I have his book. He talks about the accusations.

  4. To the anonymous emailers and bloggers who are accusing me of not being Catholic and pro-homosexual and a closet dissident for posting something on Bernadin.

    "For heaven's sake - I'm not discussing his orthodoxy or anyone else's - I'm just saying the damage to his reputation didn't put him out of commission - in other words, it wasn't irreparable. It also didn't kill him - cancer did.

  5. How interesting that "Gift of Peace" also discusses the Church in America's "increasing polarization and mean-spiritedness". I, for one, believe that it is quite possible to recognize that Cardinal Bernardin wasn't a model bishop (or a good one for that matter) and still take from his ministry something very much worthwhile.

    I can certainly admire Cardinal Bernardin's humble disposition during his battle with cancer, and I have recommended his book "The Gift of Peace" to a few people who have dealt with cancer or any other fatal illness. It was a great comfort to them.

    What he had to offer during the last few years of his life was invaluable to anyone in the midst of suffering.

  6. Thanks much Gina. Many die-hard traditionalists just don't seem to see it that way. Thank God they do not comprise the Magisterium of the Church.

  7. Terry: Anyone who would make such ridiculous accusations simply does not know you. We love you!


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