September 7, 2018
(Mat 5:13) You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing anymore but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men.
NEWS HEADLINE: All NY Catholic dioceses subpoenaed in sex abuse probe
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state as part of her office’s investigation into the church’s handling of sex abuse allegations.
A law enforcement source familiar with the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly told The Associated Press the subpoenas went out Thursday.
The subpoenas seek documents relating to sexual abuse allegations, financial payments to possible victims or the findings from internal church investigations.
Underwood’s office is pursuing a civil investigation into how church leaders responded to reports of abuse.
There is a judgment on the Church today as there was in biblical times. Will we repent before it’s too late?
During this painful crisis of clergy sexual abuse, vague leadership, and lack of accountability, the call goes out with an urgency that rivals the greatest cries of biblical times: the Church must repent. This cry is addressed to all, from the laity and the lowliest of clergy to the Pope himself. Serious sins must be acknowledged and repented of. The Church must accept a deep purification that, though sure to be painful, is necessary.
For too long we have tolerated sin and toyed with compromise and heresy. Too many Catholics, even high-ranking bishops, have sought to excuse sin and have even tried to alter the very words of Christ. Some have stayed silent or turned a blind eye to sin and dissent. Still others have “majored in the minors,” focusing on matters of lesser importance.
Reform in the Church does not usually begin at the top. That is why it is so important for the hierarchy to listen, as never before, to the cries of the lay faithful, who plead with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Vatican to take reform seriously, reassert the truth of the Gospel with clarity, and rebuke dissent. While no one in the Church lives the gospel perfectly, the outright denial of central truths of our faith without any reproof from the Church hierarchy has been a source of great scandal and confusion. Silence from shepherds, who should be chasing the wolves away, is malpractice of the worst kind. There is simply no acceptable excuse for the deafening silence that has come from too many in the hierarchy in the face of dissent and even outright heresy. It is being taught routinely, openly, and ever more boldly by renegade theologians, wandering clerics, and even certain conferences of bishops. The faithful are bewildered, saddened, and justifiably angry.
Of especially destructive potential are errors regarding the nature, sanctity, and indissolubility of marriage; the worthy reception of Holy Communion; the nature and purpose of human sexuality; and the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. The faithful have long urged that bishops lead fearlessly, teach with clarity, and reprove those who teach errors in these matters. Instead of being listened to, they have seen their pleas too often fall on deaf ears and have even been rebuffed as intolerant, pharisaical, and overly narrow in focus.
All the while, the number of practicing Catholics has plummeted. In the U.S. barely a quarter of Catholics attend Mass. In Europe it’s closer to 10 percent. Every year the numbers drop more and yet it is still “business as usual.” There is a judgment on the Church today as there was in biblical times. Steady erosion doesn’t seem to have awakened us, so God has “turned up the volume” and shown us our sins. He has had us—especially the clergy—experience a kind of last (?) warning call before a collapse of biblical proportions comes upon the whole Church. Either we will be the salt of the earth or we will be good for nothing except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot (see Matthew 5:13).
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 25- “On the destroyer of the passions, most sublime humility”
16. All visible things get their light from the sun, and all that is done according to reason gets its force from humility. Where there is no light, everthing is dark; where there is no humility, all that we have is rotten.