I was thinking about this subject today the Priest abuse scandals from a while back,
as I am Catholic and considering a religious life, and then started to compare it to the controversy with Obama and his abortion scheme that was infused into his health care reform…
Here is my thought process which leads to me questions, which i would hope a priest or someone with any credible knowledge may either confirm or answer for me or provide some insight too.
And here I go,
In my area, during the scandals, not one Priest in my town or rather the churches I go to on a regular basis, none of the Priests or Deacons during this time frame, ever mentioned or hinted at the issue that was current to the Church / America during this time frame.
And I was aggrivated, I mean someone any Priest or Deacon could have in my town written a letter to insert into the weekly bullitens addressing the issue and simply assure everyone that the matter is being handled and suggest maybe that people pray on the issue and that it will be resolved… anything !
But I suspect orders were given in my area to remain silent on the subject, and that is a question i now pose, is if anyone knows for certain if orders where given to not speak on the subject and why ?
Versus Obama and his infringement on religious freedom with regards to Abortion, in this instance the same churches in my town, now these Deacons and Priests are talking about another real threat/and issue and rightly so.
Why keep silent about a very big problem within the Church, and not on another ?
I wanted to address this locally to a priest in my area, but it may not be appropriate or may put the priest in an awkward position in some kind of degree, and that is not my intent to do so hence why I have not asked anyone locally.
Again this brings me to thinking what if I become a Priest, and I see something that needs to be addressed, and I was given orders to remain silent ?
I guess I run the risk of being kicked out of the Catholic Church because if it was me I cant play games like that, I do understand the seperation between church and state, and that the Church does not preach politics from the pulpit that is not what i am talking about, I am talking about scandalous issues with in the Church.
Now I wouldnt take away from the celebration of the mass, but leave any concerns i have written or addressed else where that do not detract from the mass…
In fact if I was Bishop I would be keeping an eye out for any misconduct and be prepared to deal with it legally and swiftly.
There will never be perfection with in the Human Realm of the Catholic Church, but we can always demand the truth from everyone that serves and to act with honesty and justice based on our beliefs and faith in Christ.
And some may say, well sheesh if there was to be a shake down and all the corrupt people with in the Catholic Church would be wittled down to a handful of people, then so be it. In my simple opinion ( which may be over simplefied ) a handful of the utmost honest and faithful would be stronger and of better service to the Catholic Church versus dozens upon dozens of corrupt individuals who keep everything running.
So does anyone know of any material on subjects like this, on what to do or what has happened when a Priest has had to speak up about something that was immorally wrong or unjust or illegal ?