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Elizabeth ScaliaJune 08, 2019
Photo by Paul Bulai on Unsplash. 

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, for by your Cross and Resurrection, you have set us free.

Well, Lord, here we are again. This crap just never  stops coming, and God, I’m getting so disgusted with it all, and if I could not find you in the Holy Eucharist, I wonder if I would find you anywhere else within this church, at least if I look among our “leaders.”

So many of my friends are fed up and leaving, or getting close to leaving, and I get it, I do! I understand how they feel, even as I pray they won’t leave, because...because well, hell, how does leaving an imperfect something to wade into even less perfect nothing end up serving anything but the creature of the voids and the lowness? I worry about my friends who are leaving, distancing themselves from the food you give us. I’m half surprised that our bishops, as they watch the pews empty out, aren’t putting out statements reminding us that to miss attendance at Mass is to risk eternal damnation.

Pheh. Is that even a real thing anymore, that teaching? Do I even believe it? You know, Lord, there’s a part of me that still goes to confession when I miss Mass, because when it happens it’s always my own failing, but I don’t really get how the church can teach that missing Mass is a mortal sin and expect anyone to take it seriously when we’re in the middle of these depressing, never-ending revelations?

So many of my friends are fed up and leaving, or getting close to leaving, and I get it, I do! I understand how they feel, even as I pray they won’t leave.

Yeah, I know it’s a minority of our clergy indulging themselves in every worldly way, and with seeming impunity, but it’s a powerful minority, isn’t it? It’s a minority that seems to be a pretty well-established and impenetrable boys club, with too many spoiled princes and too few true servants, and how do they even have the cheek to face us and give us these well-lawyered statements—as though if they put their words together in a savvy, politically minded order, we’re all just going to say, “Oh, alrighty, then, here’s my envelope, here’s my help with a fundraiser, here’s my obedience.”

I mean, really, Lord, I know I’m a sinner—God, you know I know it, and you know I’m failing every day—and I know that all sin is sin, all of it contributes to the breakdown of your Body but Jesus Christ! No, I’m not taking your name in vain, Lord, you know it’s a prayer, a cry from the heart.

How does leaving an imperfect something to wade into even less perfect nothing end up serving anything but the creature of the voids and the lowness?

Jesus Christ…my heart feels broken. Sometimes, Lord it is awful being a Christian, you know that? I want to hate these men. I want to hate them and punish them for all the damage they have done to the church, and therefore to you and your body. And to the whole world, because a world without the church—a world where the church becomes irrelevant, in-credible and unequal to the task of balancing the secular world and all of its influences for good and bad—that’s a world where the lights are getting ready to go out, and all the candles snuffed.

And I want to hate, I do. And there you are, Lord, with your cross, and you’re telling me I must be like you, suffering but willing to be a balance between justice and mercy. I hate that right now all I want is justice and yet you still prompt me to mercy. To have enough mercy to at least wait to hear it all out, so that an eventual justice—and please, God, let there be one—is sound and in fact...just.

And there you are, Lord, with your cross, and you’re telling me I must be like you, suffering but willing to be a balance between justice and mercy.

But I really am so angry, Lord—with the sexual abuse by clergy and the spending $100 a day on fresh cut flowers for the rectory and the couple hundred thousand in “gifts” to other priests and princes.

All I know, Lord, is that I’m grateful that Pentecost is here. I’ll miss the Easter alleluias at Mass, but I’m good and damn ready for a mighty wind to blow through your church. Maybe, as with the Apostles, it will terrify some too-proud bishops and humble them a bit, and maybe change a few hearts for the good. Lord, that’s what all of this feels like—a chaos and tumult, a roaring strain of noise and destruction bearing down upon us, wrecking everything in sight because the job of the Holy Spirit isn’t to make us comfortable but to shake us up, to send us out of our safe, comfortable places.

Is that what’s happening here? Is all of this revealed horror a kind of Pentecost for us? If so, God, please help us live through it. I mean, it’s better that these stories are out, that these crimes and sins are revealed than for things to continue hidden and entrenched as they have been...but Jesus, that just means we’re in for more of this, for a while yet, until all the revelations are through.

Is all of this revealed horror a kind of Pentecost for us? If so, God, please help us live through it.

What was that phrase, “all that is secret will be brought to light,” but damn, Lord, it’s a painful thing to watch this roiling wreckage within our church play out month by dreary month.

But the Holy Spirit comes on the wind, and brings fire, and action. And we’re told that all things work, ultimately, toward your purposes, even though we can’t see it in real time. And I do believe that, Lord, I have to or what sense does anything make? I’ve seen the truth of it in my own life, and I’ve seen the truth of it through your Cross—the most unjust and torturous murder in history, permitted to happen because it was necessary to God’s great purpose of saving us, and loving us. How do I say it? How do I pray it? I thank you, God, in good times and in bad, for by your cross and resurrection, we...well, we’re not free yet, are we? Your church on earth has a ways to go and we’ll be picking through the debris of this storm for a very long time, and it’s feeling to me like we may yet be left with little more than your grace upon which to rebuild, going forward.

And maybe I won’t live to see what new paths will be revealed after the winds have settled. But you’ve told us that your grace is enough. All we have to do is figure out how to cooperate with it to your purposes, right? I wonder. I hope. I pray, Lord, that we’ll be able to do that.

Christ Jesus, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, the sinner. Amen.

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Sally Ann Glenn
2 years 11 months ago

Beautiful! Really says how many of us feel The Eucharist is what holds many of us to the church

Meg Stahley
2 years 11 months ago

It is so hard being Christian. But, the Eucharist is greater than the sins of man.

Meg Stahley
2 years 11 months ago

It is so hard being Christian. But, the Eucharist is greater than the sins of man.

Meg Stahley
2 years 11 months ago

It is so hard being Christian. But, the Eucharist is greater than the sins of man.

Pam Ruigh
2 years 11 months ago

Well, I moved from WV but not before my donation may have paid for cut flowers etc. Here in VT I have no idea about our bishop except he was the media man for Cardinal Law.from Boston. Who knows but I think Ill stick with donations to the parish heating bill rather than the Bishops fund.

William Trebing
2 years 11 months ago

I am doing the same. I give only to my small local church for its upkeep. Nothing else. Nothing to the Bishops Fund or any of the other "second collection today". The only tool I have to protest the sorry state that our church has become.

Catherine Ivancic
2 years 11 months ago

Thank you! It is my prayer too. You said it so much better though.

Catherine Ivancic
2 years 11 months ago

Thank you! It is my prayer too. You said it so much better though.

JR Cosgrove
2 years 11 months ago

My God, The Anchoress here. My only advice to her is that it has been worse. And that the sins of many should not affect what one believes. Actually I also advise her to read Benedict’s essay of a few months ago. The real corruption is not the abuse scandal and coverup which are indeed very bad but things far worse which are spelled out in detail in his writing.

The Jesuits have an agenda and the Anchoress fell into it.

Jim Lein
2 years 11 months ago

What the church needs now is more condescending sarcasm--I write with sarcasm. We do seem heading toward another reformation or schism or something. The Cosgroves with Benedict, and the Scalias and me with Francis. Lord help us. We do need your guidance. Do we really need two popes?
Our deacon had a good sermon last night, on how Francis in 2013 reminded us of our catholicity, our unity with an abundance of diversity. We should be able to worship together, with our different perspectives, without getting snarky or all superior. We're not doing so well now at receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Too much blindness and deafness and narrowness and certainty. Way too little openness.

Mike Macrie
2 years 11 months ago

What the Catholic Church needs now is less Political Ideology and more Christianity. Conservatives vs. Liberals and each group claiming they have moral authority over the other. The Catholic Church does everything in its power to chase people away from it. The Church has loss its Missionary Zeal. The days are over when Catholics are going to trust Bishops who live in Mansions because they need a home to entertain Wealthy Donors.

Judith Jordan
2 years 11 months ago

J Cosgrove----

Several times you have stated the Jesuits have an agenda. I am curious. What is their agenda?

JR Cosgrove
2 years 11 months ago

Read what Arupe wanted. A worldly political organization. World government and socialism which is common to nearly all the articles written here. Most are hyper critical and specious and rarely evidence based and supported by logic. Completely unlike the Jesuits of old. Nowhere on a Catholic site is a reason given why one should be a Catholic. Elizabeth Scalia did not give a reason why one should be a Catholic. If one believes in the Catholic Church one’s faith is not shaken by bad Catholics especially bad clergy. There have been plenty of immoral clergy. She would have written a completely different article. But she has written one that is consistent with everything else published here. Doubt in the traditional Catholic faith. The traditional Catholic faith is thus mocked which means the Christian God is being mocked.

JR Cosgrove
2 years 11 months ago

A famous line: what I have failed to do. What have the Jesuits failed to do/say? One can read a person's'/group's intentions by that as well as what is actually said. Sometimes better.

Douglas Fang
2 years 11 months ago

J - your strange obsession with the "agenda" of the Jesuits seems to be quite out of touch with reality and become a figment of your imagination...

JR Cosgrove
2 years 11 months ago

I have a few questions for you
Why should one be a Catholic? I never see it it answered on this site. Take a crack at it.
Why should the reason one should be a Catholic be affected by the immoral behavior of several clergy?
How many articles on this Jesuit site have implied it does? Isn’t that an irrational attitude for a Catholic?

JR Cosgrove
2 years 11 months ago

Thank you for the personal attack. It nearly always means that the person attacked is correct. You should address the questions instead especially if they are misguided. There are many more questions besides these.

Anne Chapman
2 years 11 months ago

Please provide a link to where Arupe states that he wants a "worldly political organizaton. World government and socialism". Please provide links to articles in America that seek "world government and socialism".

And please also - define what the word "socialism" means in that sentence.

After reading dozens of your comments, before learning to just skip past most of them, it seems that you are the one with an "agenda". You seek to discredit the Jesuits and every other Catholic who seeks to follow the words of Jesus in the gospels, as opposed to the words of anti-christ-ians - those who are anti the teachings of Jesus in the gospels.

The Jesuit "agenda" that I discern from reading this website is that they are doing their best to teach people what Jesus himself taught - this includes "welcoming the stranger (Matthew 25: 31-40. ). You might want to note also that when the Holy Family escaped to Egypt, they were "illegal" immigrants running from imminent danger, just as today's immigrants and refugees are doing. You do not want them in this country, the richest country in the world, and the perhaps the developed country with the lowest population density of them all. Why? Apparently because they are poor, they are brown, and they are not as educated as you would like to see. Jesus did not say "Welcome the rich, the white, the graduate degreed, and wall out the poor, the brown and black, and the poorly educated". If that is Arupe's "agenda', then it sounds a whole lot like Jesus' agenda. Jesus welcomed the people that the rest of society rejected. He told the rich that they had better tread carefully, as their desire for wealth and security could put them in danger of losing their souls. If what Jesus taught upsets you as much as the Jesuits' reflection of those teachings does, perhaps an OT citation might break through. Deuteronomy 10:19 "Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt." This is only one of dozens of times that the people of Israel were ordered by God to welcome and care for the strangers in their lands.

You frequently expressed disdain for the plight of immigrants and refugees colors your entire viewpoint towards the America website and magazine. In addition, your knee-jerk defense of the clericalism that is destroying the church that you claim that you love betrays your true views. Perhaps a bit of study of the gospels would help that. Being a nominal Catholic is not enough - being baptized Catholic does not absolve people from acting like christians - aka - those who try to follow Jesus' teachings, hard as they often are..

I am mildly encouraged that Ms. Scalia, a very conservative Catholic, is finally outraged enough to write this article. I is good that America published it. Most likely it had to appear in America, as the closed-minded "conservative" Catholic sites would probably have refused to publish it.

JR Cosgrove
2 years 11 months ago

So many questions . I will answer a few at a time. Joseph, Mary and Jesus were not Illegal immigrants. There was free movement in the Roman empire and just about everywhere else in the world at the time. There was less than a billion people in the world and some areas definitely limited movement but not the Roman Empire. So that argument is bogus.

JR Cosgrove
2 years 11 months ago

I have no problems with immigration and never have said it or implied it. It is just how immigration is to proceed that is at issue. So to call my attitude as anti-immigrant is absurd and I wonder why you said it. I suggest you come up with a comprehensive immigration system to debate. The Jesuits have failed to do so but have published almost 200 articles on the topic. Possible agenda?

JR Cosgrove
2 years 11 months ago

discredit the Jesuits and every other Catholic who seeks to follow the words of Jesus in the gospels

Nonesense - I point out that the current Jesuits are completely unlike the Jesuits of old and use emotional arguments not rationale arguments based on evidence and logic. They are ultra political when Jesus warned against that.

JR Cosgrove
2 years 11 months ago

Point out where I discredit those who seek to follow the words of Jesus. I have two things that underline everything I say, Catholic morality as taught since the very beginning and individual freedom which has led to the modern world. The Catholic Church is on record as being against individual freedom for most of its existence. It is an instance of political meddling that led to oppression of the masses.

JR Cosgrove
2 years 11 months ago

knee-jerk defense of the clericalism that is destroying the church that you claim that you love betrays your true views

Where have I defended clericalism. I have said that most priest are good and faithful Catholics and that probably most bishops and cardinals are too. I have said clericalism is not the main problem which I believe but it is still a problem.
I would suggest you stop making stuff up.

JR Cosgrove
2 years 11 months ago

Please provide links to articles in America that seek "world government and socialism"

Have you read Laudato Si? Also any article that denigrates the nation state and populism is an indication of wanting a regional or world government. And there are plenty here including quoting the Pope that do. Point out where the Pope or America, the magazine, recommends free market capitalism or success through individual liberty. "In what I have failed to do" or in this case in what they fail to say.

Marie Barna
2 years 11 months ago

I am 64, a life long Catholic, Catholic schools, a Deacon’s wife, and even worked for the Diocese for 15 years. When you’re in it, really in it, you can’t stay. I know too much and feel betrayed. I grieve the loss of my religion, but not my faith. I have found comfort in the Episcopal church, and yes, they have Eucharist. They have the sacraments and even our blessed mother is there. And you realize that the church lied about being the “one true church”. I have found beautiful liturgies and a church that welcomes questions and women and the LGBTQ communities. The anger is subsiding, but it is a grieving process. I hope and pray the Holy Spirit blows thru the Church and renews it. Life is too short to wait for a slow moving church.

Arthur Sullivan
2 years 11 months ago

I've taken the Episcopal step, too. Just one day couldn't take any more craziness. It's comforting to attend an Anglo-Catholic mass and pray without the distractions thrown up by Roman clericalism and scandal. I'm meeting some of the most spiritual people ever -- including female priests. Gay people seem genuinely welcome and are part of the family. Still, I pray every day for the Church of Rome and all my friends who are in such pain.

Ross Warnell
2 years 11 months ago

Not to mention the Episcopal Church has a much more robust pastoral theology of Baptism and thr Eucharist. The biggest difference between the two churches is Episcopalians admit how screwed-up their church is :-)

arthur mccaffrey
2 years 11 months ago

Marie, nice to see you make the distinction between the institution and your faith. Your faith is portable, it does not have to have a "Catholic" stamp on it to be valid. Glad you found a home with the Episcopals, but hope you will come back to help us build a People's Catholic Church after the current dinosaur dies out.

Jay Zamberlin
2 years 11 months ago

That's rich....seriously rich. The religion "left you." The religion that insists on a male priesthood "left you." The religion that insists on heterosexuality being the "norm" - somehow, "left you." (notice the word "left" keeps popping up here.

People, stop mixing your metaphors. Tolerance for a gay presbyterate brought on the abuse that many here seem to be railing about, not "lack of support" for LGBTQ.

I'm not suggesting there are no problems in RCC land, especially inside the RCC Inc. as I like to call the heirarchs, but sheesh, to suggest that not being liberal enough is what got us to this place??? You're not just angry, you're a bit mad.

Annette Magjuka
2 years 11 months ago

The corruption of the hierarchy, those protected, coddled, arrogant CRIMINALS, have given a stench to the church that decent people of conscience cannot abide. Our world is so full of injustice, and the criminal bishops and priests protect themselves and turn a blind eye to innocent children put in cages by the current administration! There should be a clarion call for justice! But the criminals in the church are no longer voices for justice and truth. There is homophobia so terrible that our LGBTQ youth despair and consider suicide. Women and families are abandoned. Everyone, it seems, is acceptable collateral damage to these criminal priests and bishops. They seek power, not justice. I have been betrayed. I have been sold a bill of goods—not by God, by the disgusting criminals who pretend to lead us to salvation. Have they no shame?!

Loretta de Córdova
2 years 11 months ago

Thank you, Christ, for the Eucharist! Please inspire the everyday parish priests to pray, not to give long insipid homilies; bishops to be wise and kind. Let us remember Teilhard de Chardin and Dorothy Day and Sigrid Undset and Francois Mauriac in our earnest desire to help rebuild a wounded church. In 17th century Puerto Rico, the bishop received tithing from the official brothel...the Vatican has spawned evil as well as goodness for centuries...nothing in new under the sun.

E. Commerce
2 years 11 months ago

I so totally get the anger. But here's the thing. Not a word about the victims. Especially the children. It still all feels like poor me, bad them, poor me. Essentially, the Church must change. You must increase, while I must decrease. If Jesus is preparing for His second coming, will our ego allow it? Must we rather become poor and humbled. Perhaps see that we are allowing--have allowed--children to be hurt? Turn our gaze from looking inward at "me" to looking outward and actually seeing "you".

Dr Robert Dyson
2 years 11 months ago

The Church threw away the most beautiful and moving liturgy that human endeavour could devise, and all the heartbreakingly beautiful music that went with it; threw away all the dear devotional practices, and all the disciplinary 'rules and regulations' that gave us order and restraint and certainty; protestantised and infantilised Holy Mass, apparently to make it more 'relevant' and attractive to non-Catholics ... and look where it all got us! I am an old man. I have grieved over Vatican II ever since it happened, and I have never changed my view that it was an astoundingly mistaken act of cultural and spiritual vandalism. I don't see anything in the contemporary Church that is likely to make me change my mind now.

Jay Zamberlin
2 years 11 months ago

Another nostalgic geezer opines......ahahah......and of course, you are correct, but not just the smells and bells, as they say, but a more serious and profound, richer and more informed sensibility that went along with that - which indeed, you allude to as well.

Now, those were not, in any absolute sense, 'the good old days.' The Church needed, IMHO, to veer towards the vernacular, and Vat II INSISTED on a balanced approach, not throwing out the Latin baby with the bathwater, which has been largely forgotten, sidestepped, ignored, etc. In addition, Vat II NEVER advocated for the Father Friendly show, ad populum, horizontal 'the Jesus in you worships the Jesus in me' anthropocentric Protestant lite, PC infused, languaged neutered, poetically void Novus Ordo.

Dr Robert Dyson
2 years 11 months ago

Since, fundamentally, you agree with me, I wonder why you thought it necessary to begin your reply with a snide comment.

Just sayin'.

Will Nier
2 years 11 months ago

We must remember that our Clerics and Religious are human and sin just the the rest of us. Maybe when women are ordained to major orders we will have a deeper outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Until them the Church is full of injustice and discrimination.

Dr Robert Dyson
2 years 11 months ago

"We must remember that our Clerics and Religious are human and sin just [like] the rest of us. "

With all due respect, I've got rather tired of this mantra. Yes, I know perfectly well that parish priests are not saints; but you don't have to BE a saint to know that it's wrong to molest children or to conceal those who do - do you? The Church's present ills go far, far beyond ordinary sins. They amount to serious, chronic, systemic corruption; they involve deliberate harm, or connivance in deliberate harm, to the trusting and vulnerable - things that cannot be explained as the mere lapses of human beings 'just like the rest of us'.

A Fielder
2 years 11 months ago

Elizabeth, there was a time when I felt truly sorry for all of those people who “used to be catholic.” But today I admire their integrity and courage, and am grateful that I am no longer addicted to the Eucharist.

Jay Zamberlin
2 years 11 months ago

To use language like "addicted to the Eucharist" is so devoid of respect and perspective, of reality -- that I can only doubt the seriousness of any such attachment to Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. Please add "never was Catholic" to your list of "feel bad abouts."

William Barlak
2 years 11 months ago

Twenty years ago, my wife and I had a conversation with a Domincan priest who was at our parish to lead a parish mission for a few days. One thing led to another in our conversation until he said the following which I will never forget. "In the early church, the cross the faithful had to bear was persecution. Today the cross the faithful will have to bear is curruption and scandal in the hierarchy." He obviously knew something back then that few lay people knew. Since that conversation, whenever I hear a new report of possble scandal or corruption involving bishops or cardinals, I am never surprised. I stopped listening to those guys a long time ago. Like those in the early Church, my faith is being tested not by persecution but by "all the crap that never stops coming." Those who put their faith in humans will always be disappointed.

Alan Johnstone
2 years 11 months ago

I am reminded of the wisdom of Paul Hinnebush OP in Praise: A way of life.
He had a chapter on Praising God by complaining.
For those who have mirrored the rage but do not have the appropriate humility before Almighty God it is recommended reading.

Where on earth did anyone get the idea that Yahweh had delegated the implementation of Divine Justice to the baptised?

Vengeance is MINE, says the Lord: I will repay!. The Old Testament is clear; Deuteronomy 32:35 which is ratified in the New; Romans 12:17-19

Jay Zamberlin
2 years 11 months ago

Oh just puleeze, try being a Christian in China or Iraq. First world lamentations are so empty and pathetic.

Lyn Heffernan
2 years 11 months ago

Of great concern to me is the lack of moral teaching in our church today. I see Facebook posts from people in my parish spouting anti-immigrant, anti-poor , mysogynistic rhetoric daily. Is the lack of social justice teaching thatvused to be part of our church missing because the scandals have eroded that authority?

Malcolm Byrnes
2 years 11 months ago

One thing that concerns me about so much of this priestly misconduct is that it involves the confessional. When confession is used as an opportunity to prey on the innocent, this seriously undermines the legitimacy of the sacrament of penance and, indeed, the entire church in the eyes of the faithful. It makes confession out to be, at minimum, a joke, and at maximum, a dangerous activity. The Catholic leadership has GOT to make confession safe for all. This situation in which people are being preyed upon when they humbly and in good faith step into the confessional has got to be addressed. These priests are actively and directly destroying the church. Doesn't the leadership, from the pope on down, realize this? How can this be allowed to take place?

Malcolm Byrnes
2 years 11 months ago

A priest preying on an innocent person during confession is analogous to a priest putting poison in the communion wine. In both cases, the sacrament itself is being used as a vehicle for inflicting harm. This kind of thing strikes at the very heart of the church, because it serves to deny the sacraments to the faithful. Why do we Catholics even have sacraments, if we don't (can't) believe that they are holy, sacred, inviolable? Conversely, if we believe that sacraments are legitimate, then this kind of behavior cannot be tolerated. This situation MUST be dealt with.

Jay Zamberlin
2 years 11 months ago

Is this a personal anacdotal observence? To the extent that breech of the confessional would be a factor in known cases, it would seem to represent a miniscule percent of the total profile, almost to a point of just being a "non factor."

If you can show me differently, I'd gladly receive any such correction.

Are you familiar with the John Jay (criminology/law enforcement University) report?
This is the "gold standard" regarding the actual facts and profiles of perpetrators and victims. http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/upload/The-Nature-and-Scope-of-Sexual-Abuse-of-Minors-by-Catholic-Priests-and-Deacons-in-the-United-States-1950-2002.pdf

Malcolm Byrnes
2 years 11 months ago

I am referring, in part, to the article linked at the top of Elizabeth Scalia's piece. Here it is: https://www.apnews.com/8a80c0c1276f4cc485e0599e922759c2. I am also thinking of the excellent and very disturbing Netflix documentary titled The Keepers (https://www.netflix.com/title/80122179). And there are more examples of how some priests have used the confessional to prey on the vulnerable.

Jay Zamberlin
2 years 11 months ago

At the risk of being accused of "blaming the victime" the article you've linked to, to me, shows how the laity itself has been corrupted. Do we really have to tell our young girls "if Father is suggesting you take your clothes off, you might not be in the right confessional" ??
Have we really sunk that low, is common sense just not available anymore? She betrays her husband, to boot, and now they both, let's assume, want to??? I'm pretty sure somewhere this leads to a lawsuit of some sorts. Why? because people, including perhaps this bishop, BUT NOT ONLY HE, lack common sense and common decency. Nobody is an adult, nobody takes responsibilty. If this person would have a mental problem, that would mitigate this idea (of her total responsibility) somewhat, but the whole story just sounds fishy, especially as this is a married couple of means we're discussing, not a single mom struggling to get by. But who knows??

Pancho Mulongeni
2 years 11 months ago

Thanks, I missed Pentacost mass, after the whole Bishop Tobin and Pride month thing, but I am glad your piece resonated with me.

Eva Arnott
2 years 11 months ago

The general sleaziness of some staff members in a very large organization is something that the Catholic Church has in common with every other institution of government, education, health care etc etc. A bishop who was assigned to an area where only a tiny proportion of residents were Catholic may have been sent there precisely because he was not respected by his peers, like a professor with tenure who has to take an early-morning class

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