Saturday, June 01, 2019
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Follow the path of truth wherever it may lead...
Someone needs to get film rights for this.
I guess the news broke today, and so far, the only place I noticed anyone writing about it was on Facebook. Today the shit hits the fan, once everyone reads Monsignor Anthony J. A. Figueiredo's report. Figueiredo was Cardinal McCarrick's secretary, so I think he's rather credible. I respect his intentions as he expressed them in his introcuctory notes:
It is my firm hope that this information will help the Church as she further endeavors to create a culture of transparency. This report, which may form the first of others, is a contribution to the wish of Pope Francis and the Holy See “to follow the path of truth wherever it may lead” in terms of the ongoing McCarrick investigation (Pope Francis, Philadelphia, USA, September 27, 2015; Press Statement of the Holy See, October 6, 2018). It aims to help the US Bishops in their promise last August to “pursue the many questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick’s conduct … we are determined to find the truth in this matter” (Statement of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President, USCCB, August 1, 2018). - The Figueiredo ReportAs I wrote on FB, one quote from McCarrick, more or less defending his conduct (inviting or choosing a seminarian or young priest to share his bed) echoed the claims by Michael Jackson, defending similar conduct. The quote from McCarrick is very much like Michael Jackson's denial of wrong doing when he said, "The most loving thing to do, is to share your bed with someone."
McCarrick: "“I do recognize that in one particular [case] I had been at fault in an unfortunate lack of judgment. I have always considered my priests and seminarians as part of my family, and just as I have shared a bed with my cousins and uncles and other relatives without thinking of it being wrong, I had done this on occasion when the Diocesan Summer House was overcrowded. In no case were there minors involved, but men in their twenties and thirties.” - The Figueiredo ReportWhat could be more wholesome or natural?
"I have always considered my priests and seminarians as part of my family..."
Sunday, May 26, 2019
This is important ...
"When I am so convinced about some negative aspect of my life, I sometimes sink into despair. I must put my trust in your love and abandon myself to you.
When I am so convinced about some negative aspect of another’s life, I am sometimes inclined to detest them and to stay away from them.
Then I must stop to contemplate your love for me. Why do you love me, Lord, when I feel disdain and disgust for my brothers and sisters?
Give me the courage to see things as you see them, Lord, and to love unconditionally. Only then will true communion be realized.
Often, behind a facade of courtesy and attentiveness there exists a hidden dissension, which weakens communion and renders it insincere.
Lord, you are infinite patience.
You are limitless understanding.
Your love is eternal." - Venerable Francis Xavier Nguyên Văn Thuân
I keep the Imitation close, and the Bible closer, and reference my Carmelite Doctors when necessary, but that's about it. Although it looks as if Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan will be close to me for awhile now as well. His love of the Church is deeply encouraging. He could never find it in himself to attack the Holy Father in the way critics do today. Never.
"An apostle respects higher authority even when he or she could show the authority that a mandate is unsuitable. In the presence of others, an apostle always treats a superior with respect. Disobedience and duplicity are inexcusable." - Francis Xavier Nguyên Văn Thuân
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