Jesus said to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.
The bishops of the universal church have done neither.
If “render to God” is operationally defined as Canon Law, and surely that is on oversimplification of what is owed to God, the bishops of the U.S. have said that they have no authority over their brother bishops with respect to the sexual and financial abuse of Catholics.
But, that can only be true if they place their fellow bishops above God in importance. That seems to be a violation of the first commandment.
But, what is equally significant, is that the bishops of the universal church have not rendered to Caesar what is Caesar’s. What is Caesar’s? They should have reported crimes and cover-ups (bishops who made themselves accessories to crimes against children, in particular) to civil authorities. Bishops have obligations to civil authorities, as they are reluctantly and belatedly discovering. Yes, facts were known in 2002 but they were not acted upon to the full extent of the bishops’ responsibility.
It is intellectual misdirection for the bishops to claim innocence in either respect. Bishops are referred to as “servants of God.” But are they, if they ignore Christ’s command to be responsible.?
The closest we come to a bishop exercising responsibility is Vigano – a bishop with the guts to say it like it is.He may have not said it perfectly, but close enough is a good starting point.
ALL the bishops are guilty. ALL the bishops have lied to 1.2 billion Catholics. ALL have sat on the sidelines while the perpetrators went free. “ALL” includes the POPE.
The Church on earth is without a visible head.