Is particularly detestable.
Ever since the article concerning Fr. Benedict's version of the visitation at Silverstream, involving the former prior Fr. Mark, I have been pondering the story and why I involved myself. I never had to offer information regarding my association or correspondence with those involved. I suppose I thought I was lending support in the 'private investigations' conducted by others - first involving the book, In Sinu Jesu, and second, the troubling relationship experienced by Fr. Benedict with Fr. Mark. Having been 'unfriended' by Fr. Mark, along with the sense of being 'scorned' maybe that influenced my decision - or maybe the developments revealed by news stories simply confirmed my sense that something was off, that I called it way back when, and desired to have my insights validated? So what?
What is it to me?
Perhaps My insights into dissimulation, lies and cover-up is because I know how to do the same things? Perhaps my skepticism regarding private revelations and ostentatious piety is because over the years, I had adopted an external show of piety and fidelity to safeguard my reputation and find acceptance in the Church. Although I found out that doesn't work at all - there are always those who speculate and investigate to find out if you are gay or ssa? If you live with a man - you must be active sexually? If you say gay or use LGBTQ you must be gay, and so on. Likewise, when they got you pegged, it makes no difference if you are living in accord with Catholic teaching or not. You're gay - even though they insist on SSA, or ex-gay - you are still branded. It is what it is - disagree all you want - it is what it is.
Formalism and Decorum.
Pope Francis has consistently taught against that formalism and concern for honor and reputation which infects religious people and dictates decorum. It is why he upsets so many in the church. It is also why his precautions cause me to examine my conscience in ways I was never able to do before.
The pope continued his series of talks on St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians and focused on the dangers of the law by looking at the apostle Peter's "inconsistency" at Antioch."Watch out. The mistake was paying more attention to the criticism, to make a good impression than the reality of the relationships," the pope said.
Gentile Christians were free from the Jewish law, but there was pressure from people from Jerusalem that caused Sts. Peter and Barnabas to draw back from what the Gospel said.
That is why, in his letter, St. Paul condemns St. Peter "to his face because he clearly was wrong" by trying to appease critics who still observed Mosaic law and to justify his hypocritical behavior.
"Peter had been eating with the Christians of pagan origin without any difficulty; however, when some circumcised Christians from Jerusalem arrived in the city, he then no longer did so, because he did not want to incur their criticism," Pope Francis said. - Hypocrisy in the Church.
"Hypocrisy can be seen as a "fear of the truth. It is better to pretend rather than be yourself," he said.
Wherever people are living "under the banner of formalism, the virus of hypocrisy easily spreads," he said, mimicking the kind of strained, forced smile one might see — a smile "that doesn't come from the heart," but comes from a person "who tries to get along with everyone," but, in the end, gets along with no one.
"Hypocrites are people who pretend, flatter and deceive because they live with a mask over their faces and do not have the courage to face the truth," he said. "For this reason, they are not capable of truly loving" because they are limited by their ego and cannot "show their hearts transparently."
Hypocrisy can be hidden at a workplace "where someone appears to be friends with their colleagues while, at the same time, they stab them behind the back due to competition," he said." - Hypocrisy
As for Silverstream - the ultimate decision as a result of the Visitation, is up to the Church to decide. Sadly, the actors have all defamed themselves - reputations ruined, perhaps vocations lost. That really is regrettable.
""To act other than truthfully means jeopardizing the unity of the church, that unity for which the Lord himself prayed," the pope said." - ibid