What about the rest of what?
I haven't logged into my Tumblr yet so I couldn't leave a comment on a friend's site after he posted a Crisis article asking, "What about the rest of it?" Pretty much indicting the entire Catholic world for allowing McCarrick to slip by unnoticed. There's an element of truth to the article, which almost sounds like someone on his high horse blaming the victims - that is, the 'faithful' for being scandalized and betrayed by hypocrisy and cover-up by members of the hierarchy - each a 'vicar of Christ' in his own vocation to 'serve the servants of God'. Like it's our fault? I hate it when people make those claims, like, 'you get the priests/bishops you deserve.' Truth be told, we do not deserve anything or anyone.
Of course we are all guilty of sin, serious sins. We tolerate or even laugh at all sorts of sin in our daily lives. The culture feeds on it, as well as promotes it for profit. As John of the Cross tells us:
"Where does this poisonous harm fail to reach? And who fails to drink little or much from the golden chalice of the Babylonian woman of the Apocalypse? ...There is hardly anyone of high rank or low, saint or sinner, who does not drink of her wine, subjecting his heart somewhat. For as pointed out in Revelation 17:2-4, all the kings of the earth were inebriated with the wine of her prostitution. She reaches out to all states, even the supreme and illustrious state of the priesthood, by setting her abominable cup in the holy place, as Daniel asserts [Dn. 9:27], and she hardly leaves a strong man who has not drunk a small or large quantity of wine from her chalice..." - John of the Cross, Ascent III, 22:4
So yeah, we know that and we are reminding of it when we look at the corruption in the Church and the world - be it politics or entertainment. But don't blame Catholics for the crimes and double standards of Church leaders, priests and bishops, who take their money and support and live lavish lives of self indulgence while creating burdens for the rest of sinful humanity too heavy to carry. Don't shame the rest of sinful humanity because the white-wash has eroded from the facades of their whited sepulchers.
Perhaps the best thing about these scandals is that it brings us to our knees to examine our own conscience. However, when discussing the scandal, which has been festering below the collective conscience all along, one is not simply looking at or pointing out other people's sins. This is about corruption, false teaching, hypocrisy, and injustice. It is about evil and diabolic delusion. It's not about human weakness and other people's sins.
Get it through your head, get it into your heart. This is a great evil. Quit trying to silence or guilt others - let this all explode and make a mess. No one can feel self-righteous in exposing this type of wicked deception which leads souls astray. Bishops and priests like McCarrick go to the ends of the world to make one convert and make him twice as fit for hell as they are. God's mercy is so great, he can and will forgive their sin if they repent, but what about those they corrupted and whose faith they abused, to the point they left the Church? Will they be saved?
Stop trying to guilt Catholics for the sins of their fathers.