Posted by: sisterbernice | September 24, 2010

exploitation redux

Last week I wrote about exploitation and this week there are 2 new examples-CNN’s show this weekend which previewed this week  (What the Pope knew) and the Milwaukee Deaf School children’s case.  Many, I am sure, would disagree with me.  They would argue that this is all good – we are getting the truth out there and we will get justice.  In the case of CNN, I think they just need ratings and from other people’s summary of the investigative piece, it is a rehash of old news.  Then, on their own blog, they trumpet the reaction of a victim who just found out what the “pope’s role” was in the scandal.  Ratzinger as CDF head sent a request back to a diocese in Illinois saying that they had to have a trial to defrock a priest.  This somehow shows that the Pope didn’t care, was callous and was part of a coverup.  I find it strange that no one says that when the court system here says – “wait you have to go through procedures”.  In fact, we want and support those procedures – it’s called due process. 

The Pope was the head of the office that dealt with some but not all of these cases – he followed the rules -he followed the law.  Whether you agree with that law or not, he did what his office required just like court systems all around the world do, yet we don’t indict the judge for following the rules unless of course he becomes the Pope.  And the victim – more anger, hurt etc.  but why?  Was it necessary to frame the issue in this way in order to get a reaction when they, CNN, know that is a slanted version of the story?

Then the Milwaukee suit against the Pope is making news.  Another victim sacrifices himself because he believes a lawyer with an agenda.  The evidence against the Pope in the Deaf School case – not much – the evidence against the bishop – tons but we’ve already “been there and done that”. 

The evidence  CNN and the lawyers have actually works against claims that priests are employees of the Vatican and that the bishops are pawns.  Here is the CDF saying – hello – you have the authority to do it – not us.  The very evidence used to indict and inflame actually is evidence that defends the Vatican.  The lawyers know this. 

We all should also know and keep in mind that canon law was changed to respond more quickly – this is TRUE- and is often manipulated.  When the media talks about the secrecy and mandates of the 2001 changes – they are actually talking about a revised and more responsive handling of cases.  One of the issues we lose here is some perspective.  The cases we are dealing with are 20, 30, 40 years old.  The “children” are adults.  Their cases have made a difference but no one seems to reflect upon this.  Laws, procedures and more vigilance are better than they were then because of the scandal.   The “more” that is wanted – the eye for eye – cannot be done no matter how sympathetic we all are to their cases, trauma, and continued suffering.  But, their suffering and courage has made a difference.  Many don’t see that — healing is needed.  (The BBC reports tonight about the failure of their own child welfare system to contain a pedophile.  The suffering is not just within the Church.  The problem needs all of us to solve it!).

So tonight I am totally dedicating my prayers to the victims for healing and justice – real justice not the exploitive kind. 

Hope you will as well.  All of todays readings are so relevant, I hope you ponder them.  You can find them here.

Eccl 3:1-11

There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for every thing under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.

What advantage has the worker from his toil?
I have considered the task that God has appointed
for the sons of men to be busied about.
He has made everything appropriate to its time,
and has put the timeless into their hearts,
without man’s ever discovering,
from beginning to end, the work which God has done.

Ps 144:1b and 2abc, 3-4

Responsorial Psalm

R. (1) Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
my mercy and my fortress,
my stronghold, my deliverer,
My shield, in whom I trust.
R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
LORD, what is man, that you notice him;
the son of man, that you take thought of him?
Man is like a breath;
his days, like a passing shadow.
R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

Lk 9:18-22


Once when Jesus was praying in solitude,
and the disciples were with him,
he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah;
still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.'”
Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.”
He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.

He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

Next Day


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