Posted by: sisterbernice | August 13, 2010

The Lord will Judge and Crucify him, crucify him

This week the news broke on Wednesday and not Friday.   The Pope did not accept the resignations of 2 auxiliary bishops of Dublin.  Reading the press and the victims reaction is hard.  On the one hand, the victims are hurt and angry and want justice.  It is heart wrenching and painful to read and to know.  On the other hand, they and the media sound like a mob shouting Crucify him, Crucify him.  The “him” are the bishops and the Pope.   The reaction just shows you how far we must continue to travel on the road to forgiveness and healing – so much pain and so much hurt.  But, it also exposes an attitude of vengeance and it doesn’t matter who gets taken on.  Basically if you were a bishop during that time period, you are guilty.  Were those two bishops guilty?  According to articles I’ve read, one wasn’t involved in the mess, but the cleanup.  And the other was involved in the mess but was also helpful in the cleanup.  I find it strange that Catholics and Christians everywhere would condemn these two, especially Bishop Walsh whose track record is on both sides of this.  It used to be we valued men and women who along the path recognized they were wrong or they needed to do something and then did what was required.  It’s why the other bishops resignations were accepted.  They didn’t stop and say – Wait a minute.  But, that’s not what this fuss is about.  The hurt and pain are asking for an eye for eye, spilling of blood.  None of which is justice and none of which will bring peace or healing.  Look at the US abuse cases – let’s just keep suing and if we can’t get satisfaction after we win the case with the Bishop – let’s sue individual parishes.  Next, it will be – let’s sue our neighbor because they should have known.   What’s so interesting is that little of this mindset is driven by the victims but by our societies, their justice systems and anti-Catholicism.  After all, if it really was about ending abuse – why don’t we spend the resources on where the majority of abuse takes place?

I haven’t mentioned the Pope in the above.  I find him remarkable.  The easy thing would have been to accept the resignations.  People are saying:  “he doesn’t get it”, “he’s victimizing the victims once more”.  It would be so easy to give the mob what they want.  But is it the “right” thing to do?  Apparently he thought not.  No one asks the question why not -because he’s just equally guilty, isn’t he? That’s the attitude, he allowed a pedophile to live in Munich, he didn’t defrock quickly enough, and well – he’s one of them.   And our use of reason, compassion and faith are wasted in such a narrow view of him and the situation.

 I wonder what Jesus would say to all of this?  Today’s Gospel is about divorce and marriage.  Timely to other societal issues across the globe.  But, in terms of this situation, the Gospel has Jesus going against popular demands and not taking the easy way out, (here ).  The mob eventually turned on him too.  Mob mentality whether fueled by truth or not is very dangerous.  Meanwhile we forget that our healing comes from faith and forgiveness.  God says he is the final judge and so be it.  The rest of today’s readings are very appropriate: 

Ez 16:59-63

Thus says the LORD:
I will deal with you according to what you have done,
you who despised your oath, breaking a covenant.
Yet I will remember the covenant I made with you when you were a girl,
and I will set up an everlasting covenant with you.
Then you shall remember your conduct and be ashamed
when I take your sisters, those older and younger than you,
and give them to you as daughters,
even though I am not bound by my covenant with you.
For I will re-establish my covenant with you,
that you may know that I am the LORD,
that you may remember and be covered with confusion,
and that you may be utterly silenced for shame
when I pardon you for all you have done, says the Lord GOD.

Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6

R. (1c) You have turned from your anger.
God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.
R. You have turned from your anger.
Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.
R. You have turned from your anger.
Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!
R. You have turned from your anger.

I continue to pray and hope you do the same.  I have recommitted to my abstinence and prayer life.
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