Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Semi-colon on the Scandal

~by Fr. Raymond D'Souza in Nat'l Catholic Register
Benedict evidently judged that only by forthrightly engaging the scandal in his own person could he write that “semicolon” and add those subordinate clauses that situate the scandal of priestly abuse into a wider context.

He spoke of the need for the Church to teach more clearly Catholic doctrine, especially in regard to human sexuality, and the obligation of bishops to conduct themselves more as pastors and evangelists than administrators or managers; and he encouraged Catholics to challenge the culture of licentiousness in which sexual exploitation flourishes.

Fourth, Benedict is at heart a teacher. He knows how to take advantage of a teaching moment.

If there exists a legitimate preoccupation with grave priestly scandals, he thinks it opportune to speak of that in the language of grace and sin, wickedness and healing, justice and reconciliation, purification and holiness — moving beyond the secular language of law, liability and safety.

Indeed, a close examination of the several phrasings Benedict used on this trip manifests a determined attempt to speak of the scandal precisely in light of the Christian belief that no suffering, no matter how grave, is beyond the capacity of grace to heal.
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Anonymous said...

The bit about the bishops ought to be italicized and bold. So many are rotten apples--not intrinsically bad men, but withered, lifeless bishops. There is no vigor, no enthusiasm for conveying the requirements of an authentically Catholic life, and the most timid,bland "leadership", so afraid of polarizing already marginalized Catholics, but in the end being irrelevant to all.

They allow the Faithful to be scandalized by the likes of Pelosi, Kerry and Cuomo--who are so bold, brazen and public in their mockery of the Faith.

I pray for the few good Catholic, American bishops. Theirs must be a life of struggle, struggling for a voice among their blighted, benign, bloated bretheren.

Argent said...

Dear Anonymous,

You're right about praying for the few good American bishops. I was at a diocesan event a year ago and was surprised that the name of Bishop Bruskewitz was evoked with a tinge of derision....as though he were to be held in ridicule. And it was done by someone who should've known better.

Anyway, the life of an orthodox bishop must indeed be like a living martyrdom...much like St. Athanasius. So I join you in praying for those bishops who uphold the faith without regard for winning polling points.