Pope Francis has preached against the evil of clericalism – the abuse of power in the Church,
We are all called to oppose this evil amongst the clergy. deacons, priests, and bishops.
Recall the words of Acts 10:25-26. (paraphrased from memory) Peter went in the house and met Cornelius, who knelt down to pay him homage. Peter told him to get up, because he was just a man.
Cardinals and bishops need to lose the fancy red and purple robes and the expensive crosiers they have, and lose all the heraldic symbolism of the episcopacy. They are just men, like Peter.
Canon law has not preserved the church from sexual abuses or from spending billions on settlements to silence victims of abuse or from the practice of moving abusive bishops and priests from one place to another to escape detection.
Recall also from scripture that Jesus sent his disciples out and told them not to even take a second cloak. Simplicity, humility, meekness, holiness, boldness in preaching the gospel – these are needed in the Church.
Write your Bishop and the president of the USCCB Cardinal DiNardo and tell them – over and over – of your concern about eliminating clericalism.
Canon law should not prevent them from disciplining ANY cardinal, priest, bishop, priest, religious, or deacon. Then, too, all homosexual priests should be dismissed from the ministry. There should be psychological testing and even polygraph testing to identify those who are not fit for the ministry. The catechism defines homosexuality as intrinsically disordered and homosexuality is not consistent with the clerical state.
The scandals of sexual abuse and financial abuse of money donated to the Church cannot be tolerated any longer.
These scandals have totally destroyed the credibility of the bishops of the United States and they have undermined evangelization efforts for the indefinite future.
It is time NOW to speak out