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Good advice from a Dominican whose blog I read regularly.

"What can I do about the scandals?"

I've received many emails and comments asking for advice on how individual Catholics can deal with the current spate of media reports on the Holy Father's alleged involvement in obstructing investigations into clerical sexual abuse.
The requests for advice all more or less ask:  what are those of us in the pews supposed to do?

I suggest three things:

1).  Fast and pray
2).  Seek the truth and never fear it
3).  Live in hope

Fast and Pray

Fasting and praying in times of spiritual distress is the natural Catholic reaction.  We seek out the voice of God for comfort, guidance, and to accept His blessings to endure with strength.  Fasting with the intention to repair the damage done by clerical sexual abuse is not only worthy but necessary.  If there were ever a time for the laity to exercise their baptismal priesthood, it is now.  By offering the sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving, lay Catholics fulfill their priestly vows made at baptism and renew the spiritual heath of the whole Church.  So, pray for the victims and their families; the predators; the lawyers and therapists who aided in the cover ups; the bishops who failed to be teachers and pastors of the faith; the Holy Father, and for the Church as a whole.  I believe the intercession of the Blessed Mother is particularly called for in this current crisis.  Nothing works quite like prayers to focus the soul on what's essential to one's spiritual health.  When one part of the body is sick, the whole body is sick.  When one part of the body is healed, the overall health of the body improves.

Seek the truth and never fear it

We know that the truth will set us free.  There is nothing for the Church to gain in hiding from the truth of these scandals.  Priests, bishops, religious sexually molested children and teens.  Some bishops and diocesan curial officials worked overtime to hide the abuse and spent millions from the collection plate to keep it all a secret.  The result?  An even bigger, deadlier scandal.  Whatever the motives for trying to hide the abuse, hiding these sins only made them more poisonous to the Body.  Like an infected wound on the body, the scandals must be thoroughly cleansed, competently medically treated, bandaged and left to heal.

If seeking the truth means exposing the scandals to the disinfectant of sunlight, then we  must look to the media for support.  However, the media have proven themselves again and again to be a voice for anti-Catholic bigotry in the cultural war against the gospel.  Because professional journalistic standards have given way to ideological advocacy and propagandizing, we are saddled with the difficult task of reading their reports with a healthy dose of suspicion.  No one denies the fact that children and teens have been abused by clergy.  No one denies that bishops have tried to hide this abuse.  In so far as the media have brought these terrible crimes to light, we should thank them.  We are not, however, obligated to thank them when they print and broadcast outright lies, distortions, or misleading omissions.  Nor are we to thank them for failing to take the time to learn something about the canonical procedures of the Church or her history.  Nor are we to thank them for using the scandals as an excuse to advocate for suicidal reforms to the Church's internal structure. 

The media's current campaign to fabricate a direct connection between the Holy Father and the abuse scandals is nothing more than a smear campaign designed to destroy his moral authority at a time when globalist secularism is fighting to move the Church out of the public square.  The ministerial hierarchy of the Church must be called to seek out the truth and proclaim it.  No matter how difficult, embarrassing, or expensive.  Likewise, the anti-Catholic media must be called upon to return to their professional journalist standards and restrict themselves to reporting verifiable facts.  The media's malpractice only serves to further erode what little trust they have with their readers and viewers.  At some point, we simply stop listening.

Live in hope

Even as the Church is pounded on all sides by those who would see us silenced, we must always keep in mind that our faith, our trust firmly rests in Christ Jesus.  No scandal--financial, sexual, political--can dislodge Christ as the head of his Body.  Our strength as the redeemed children of a loving God comes from an eternal source, the unshakable rock of ages.    Popes come and go from Rome.  Bishops rise and fall in a diocese.  Priests ebb and flow out of parishes everyday.  We lose buildings, vestments, books, vessels, ancient treasures nearly everyday.  None of these can be the source and summit of our faith.  Even the Church herself is an impermanent sacrament, a means of seeing, hearing, tasting God's boundless grace while continue our pilgrimage here on earth.  Given the hard realities of human sin, it is inevitable that filth will leak in and poison the body.  And it is just as inevitable that the body will heal and continue on.  Do we need to review the bloody persecutions of the first two centuries of Church history?  Or the Church's expulsion from France, England, China, Russia, Mexico, the Middle East?  The martyrs of Africa, Vietnam, Japan, even North America?  How about the near genocidal persecutions of Christians by Muslims in Nigeria and the Sudan?  The faithful have died, yes. . .but the faith never has and never will.

As followers of Christ we are promised trials and persecutions.  Being a faithful Christian isn't for the easily spooked, or for the squeamish.  The core spiritual strength of Christ's faithful is the rock solid conviction that God has already won His battle against evil.  Our hope isn't a gamble against the odds of losing, but rather the assurance  of God's loving-care and that the final victory is ours.

Whatever you do don't allow those who are using these scandals as an excuse to leave the Church discourage you.  If the poor will be with us always, so will those who stand on the sidelines and whine about every inconvenience, every perceived slight, every imagined insult.  Pray for them as you would a faithful brother or sister, but pay no attention to their discouragement.  They are as free as any of us to choose hope over despair!
i would add fight the Bastards!! but that me
(04-12-2010, 07:06 PM)devotedknuckles Wrote: [ -> ]i would add fight the Bastards!! but that me

Who are the bastards that you are referring to?  The media?
the media the traitors, the lawyers. the so called victims, the alleged victims, those wanting  a buck of the scandal, those out to use this to destroy the faith those attacking the church.
yeah them
I think we need to stay informed and start making our voices heard.  Fr. Beck in particular has really made me angry after his remarks with ABC and some "Larry King" show that's in the U.S.  

I'd like to write a letter to his cardinal if I could find out who he is and where to write.  It's already obvious to me that his bishop is complicit with it.  It's people like him we most have to be worried about:  the ones who will take advantage of this to advance their agenda of subverting the Church for their "new day" and new world order crap and changing the dogmas of the Church.
oh do tell
We need to place ourselves outside them. We are entering an occasion of serious sin when we allow these things to distract us and arouse angry and fearful emotions in us. Those emotions make us vulnerable to manipulation.  If we ignore the stories after giving concerned friends a simple clear answer, and just go about our lives and our devotional habits as if the scandals do not exist (for in truth,  an awful lot of it is repetition, exageration, and even fiction) others will see that the Church is strong and inviolate.

Just like any woman who has to walk down a street where men are disrespectful. She learns very young to ignore them, and insodoing she earns their respect.  Then those few who still do not respect her generally get their comeuppance from the ones who do. The Church is Christ's Bride and unfortunately right now the Bride is walking along a very nasty street.
Our pastor put an note in our weekly bulletin making points similar to the article in the OP.  He also had an insert of an article that explained how the NYT had distorted the facts in their coverage.  There were "pray for the Pope" buttons and magnets available at church too.  I bought a button that I've been wearing it since.  Not only is it a good reminder to pray, I'm hoping it will be a conversation starter that will give me an opportunity to present the truth to people. 

It felt so good wearing my button today.  I've have been very upset by the unfair attacks so that even doing such a tiny thing was a relief to my feelings. 

You can see what the buttons look like here:
Unfortunately, there isn't anything the laity can do about anything in the Church except bend over and take it, and wait for the current regime to die.
(04-12-2010, 09:05 PM)The_Harlequin_King Wrote: [ -> ]Unfortunately, there isn't anything the laity can do about anything in the Church except bend over and take it, and wait for the current regime to die.

Other than praying that about sums it up.
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