I've written extensively about this crisis, in an explanation of how it affected my life, in comments on the most recent developments, and other articles.
I've been taken to task (sometimes with great anger and/or distress) by some Catholics who believe I was (and still am) a traitor to my faith and to the Catholic Church for not "staying the course" and working to solve the problem from within. My answer has always been to point them to the two questions I had to ask myself at the time. Since I could not answer either of them in the affirmative, it was obvious that I could not remain a priest, while still being faithful to either my conscience or the teaching of Christ. This has not convinced many of my critics, who have their own views on the matter.
The experience of another blogger, who's just encountered - yet again - the resistance (and dishonesty) of the "establishment" in the Church in dealing with this crisis, has convinced me yet again that I had no choice but to act as I did.
As predicted when the Holy Father said he said he 'would not say one word' about Archbishop Vigano's testimony, he has been using the passive-aggressive spiritual manipulation protocol of using his homilies to caricature sexual predators and their episcopal enablers as Jesus Victim who remains 'silent' and depicting lay Catholics seeking the protection of the flock as demons.
Unimaginable diabolical infestation and activity.
Yesterday, the USCCB announced the 2018 sexual abuse dog and pony show. I haven't delved into the details, but it appears Pope Francis has nixed the request to assign an Apostolic Visitor, as well as the lay-led review board that reports to the Nuncio, and he's asked the bishops not to have their annual meeting in November that would tackle internal sexual debauchery and coverups and to instead, asked them to 'retreat' behind closed doors.
When it comes to internal corruption in the Church, I do not consider myself a naive person. I knew things were bad. But, yesterday, I started to come to terms with the latest reality check: It is way, way, worse than any of us could imagine.
All their bs about being committed to honest dialogue and legitimate actions on sexual and spiritual predators, the above is what actually happens when you make a sincere attempt to trust their commitment for real reform. After decades of similar experiences, most people wouldn't even bother to offer them the opportunity to demonstrate their sincerity and honesty. Who keeps going into a room where the occupants kick you in the head and when you ask them to stop, accuse you of victimizing them?
As a person with the courage to go where angels dare not tread, and keep giving them another chance, here's my assessment:
There are priests and bishops who realize what needs to be said and done to build trust, but as soon as they attempt it, they are silenced and oppressed by the infiltrated power structures that protect spiritual and sexual priest predators. And it appears this power is more lethal than it has ever been in the history of the Catholic Church.
There's much more at the link. Please go read the whole thing for yourselves.
I honestly no longer know what to say to my remaining Catholic friends. If they choose to stay active in the Church, I pray that God will bless their faith, and help them to be a blessing by their presence, which may (I hope and pray) minimize the catastrophic damage that Catholic prelates and authorities are currently doing to the Church.
On the other hand . . . those who choose to walk away . . . how can I possibly try to convince them not to do so, when, as the author above points out, they're fed up and worn out with being kicked in the head by those who are supposed to be their pastors and shepherds? Even worse, what about the faithful pastors and shepherds who are, every day, being kicked in the head by those who are supposed to be their leaders, mentors and father figures?
The Devil is loose in the sanctuary, and the Catholic powers that be are doing nothing whatsoever to drive him out. Indeed, some of them appear determined to welcome him with open arms, and cast out all who object to his presence.
May Almighty God have mercy on us all.