That's not a question.
Fr. Blake posted profound reflections is response to Cardinal O'Brien's resignation. It makes me sad. If I, a layman, can be saddened, maddened by all that is coming to light in the Church, how much more deeply must be the sorrow in the hearts of faithful clergy and religious whose entire life is a living sacrifice?
From Fr. Blake:
Today's news about Cardinal O'Brien is just the latest sign of the Church's sickness. I don't know, no-one seems to know exactly what "inappropriate behaviour" the Cardinal is accused of and despite his sacking - he has been sacked by the Pope, his resignation was due to take effect next month on his 75th birthday- he is of course contesting the allegations. However, it would seem to suggest that corruption is far from merely a Roman or Curial phenomena but embraces the whole Church. We have seen it all over the world, the Lavender episcopal palaces of Cardinal Bernardin and Weakland, the cover-ups by Law and Mahony and many other American bishops, the major sexual scandals in Poland, in Austria, in Ireland, in Belgium and a score of other places.
These are priests and bishops in a very grave state of sin, who seem to count it as nothing. These are men who are content to live in the sewer whilst ascending to the altar of God. There is not just the sin they are involved in, it is also the hypocrisy, the lies, the deceit, everything that runs contrary to the integrity of the Gospel, the betrayal of brother priests of laity, all contribute to the undermining of faith of "the little ones", "better millstone be tied around his neck ...". - Filth
I wonder if maybe we are experiencing a great mystery of light coming into the Church, illuminating our conscience as it were, revealing at first what must be purified, what must be discarded?
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away." - Matthew 13: 47-48
Stay on board the Barque of Peter my friends. If you feel yourself sinking, cry out for the Lord to grasp you, as Peter has done.