Jesus warned us it would be so. Weeds amongst the wheat. Planted by an enemy.
The problem can be a case of a weak person falling - and harming another in the process - without being part of a conspiracy as well. But as a child of the Chicago Archdiocese in the late 1950s and early '60s (pre and during the beginning of Vatican II per reference) - I have always been amazed at the culture shock that hit many Catholics in the later '60s and changing more and more through the '70s, '80s, '90s and the first decade of this century.
I’m fortunate in not remembering any sexual misbehavior amongst the clergy at our parish or school. We did have the ODD person (two nuns in grade school and one priest in High School) who was “handy” … that is, hit or slapped kids when they felt it was justified. THESE were the exception to the RULE (which was … very good, dedicated to Jesus people who sacrificed to bring his Good News to us). :sad_yes:
But my blood runs cold when I consider that as in the parable of Jesus, an enemy was sowing weeds into the “field” of the Catholic clergy with an aim to corrupt the Church.
The story of Communist turned (re-turned actually) Catholic Bella Dodd has always intrigued me. And angered me when I consider that perhaps some devious people were able to worm their way into becoming clergy of rank with a counter-agenda to the Gospel … whereas on a lower level the gatekeepers do not accept many Catholic schoolchildren for one reason or another (“no room”, grades not high enough, slow pay on grammar school tuition etc, etc). :mad:
This week the Chicago Archdiocese announced the closing of more schools, including my former grammar school in the suburbs. The facility is immaculate (visited it two years ago) but there were just 81 students left - and the once 1 - 8th grade school had been reduced to a K - 5th school. In my first grade class we had six rows of ten kids (60) in ONE classroom.
Those were baby boom years. The economy is bad now. The Dominican Nuns who once taught there (for free?) have closed their convent on the grounds. BUT the town is named after the first Chicago Cardinal (Mundelein) and one of the largest seminaries in the US is located in the same town!
Per the ***“hiding”***: Well. The Catholic Church is about forgiveness. Also Scripture warns against accepting testimony against a presbyter unless its by more than one witness.
The Church jails no one. It is neither an arm of law enforcement. A person who is victimized may go to the police if a matter is serious enough. When a person goes to the Church INSTEAD - It is often understood that even they want to keep things quiet (though they want justice done). Not knowing the truth of things, sometimes the Church has moved priests, had them go to counseling etc, etc. – though it sometimes acts more
forcefully when a sin has been admitted.
Aside from the “hiding” (or not trumpeting the sins of another publicly if you will) - there may well have been SOME sabotaging of the Church via “enemies from within” – though that is another level of disgusting we’d probably rather not think about. Yet avoiding the topic of a possible cancer does not really expedite any healing nor protect the Church from further infiltration.
These scandals have hurt the Church. So we, the faithful ought to work all the harder to
give a true witness to Jesus per charity, good works, justice and mercy.
As to Bella Dodd and Fulton Sheen (who also warned us of enemies a long time ago):
youtube.com/watch?v=37HgRWTsGs0 < Bella Dodd video
In the early 1950s, Mrs. Bella Dodd provided detailed explanations of the Communist subversion of the Church. Speaking as a former high ranking official of the American Communist Party, Mrs. Dodd said:
“In the 1930s we put eleven hundred men into the priesthood in order to destroy the Church from within.”
The idea was for these men to be ordained and progress to positions of influence and authority as Monsignors and Bishops. She stated that: “Right now they are in the highest places in the Church” — where they were working to bring about change in order to weaken the Church’s effectiveness against Communism.
She also said that these changes would be so drastic that "you will not recognise the Catholic Church." Dodd gave testimony on communist infiltration of Church and state before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee in the 1950s.
On Tuesday, August 5, 1952 she publicly announced that on April 7th of the same year, she was received back into the Roman Catholic Church. Not being able to secure her baptismal certificate from Italy after inquiry, she was therefore conditionally baptized by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York.