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Letter #55, 2018: Newness

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

“The Lord told us that the Church would always be suffering, in different ways, until the end of the world. […] As for the news that we can discover today (in this Third Secret of the Fatima message), there is also the fact that not only are the Pope and the Church attacked from outside, but the sufferings of the Church come from interior of the Church, from the sin that exists in the Church. This too has always been known, but today we see it in a truly terrifying way: that the greatest persecution of the Church does not come from outside enemies, but arises from sin in the Church." —Pope Benedict XVI, on the flight back to Rome from Fatima on May 11, 2010, cited by Archbishop Georg Gänswein yesterday in Rome, during a presentation of the book by Rod Dreher, The Benedict Option, which he said caused him to recall the words of Pope Benedict on that occasion


Day #19

Today is the 19th day since the publication of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano's "Testimony." (The full text is here; it was made public on the evening of August 25.)

Letter from a reader

Dear Mr. Moynihan,
I really admire your productivity and clear thinking and feel sorry for the fact you are in the middle of all this fiasco.
I am afraid that it is true this whole thing is, like every attack on the truth, a thing of the Devil and that there is no winner here.

The problem is that the real loser is the Church herself.

The Secularists (and maybe some Church members) want blood and there is not enough Bishop’s blood in this world to pacify them.

The Devil wants souls and every soul that leaves the Church will have a negative effect on all their descendents for generations to come, and the Devil smiles.

Bishops come and go, the Church needs to remain for our salvation.
Even though the problem at hand is tremendous, inexcusable and needs resolution, I am afraid the whistle blowers, all involved, went into all this the wrong way, even if they may have thought they were doing the right thing. They did not stop to think of the negative consequences that may prove to be worse and longer-lasting than the problem at hand.
We need to unite with Saint Faustina and pray for the salvation of all souls.
Best wishes,
—A. Santin, Great Falls, Montana


The signs of the times

So where are we?

The stage is now crowded with players, and it hard to follow the plot, and to know who are the heroes, who the villains.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano spoke (wrote) his piece, and now has fallen silent.

Still, "scripta manent," ("the words, having been written, remain") and echo continually outward, to the four corners of the earth.

Pope Francis, too, is silent -- regarding Vigano's charges.

And yet, he speaks daily, delivering homilies and reflections in which his observations do seem to refer, obliquely, to... Archbishop Vigano.

So the protagonists are both silent, yet speaking.

Their silence is like the silence before a storm...

During these days, both Vigano and the Pope have been attacked with fury, and defended with passion. Many journalists and commentators have been writing and commentating.

(My modest proposal: that Pope Francis surprise everyone by appointing Archbishop Vigano as his "Apostolic Vicar for the Much-Too-Long-Delayed But Now-Critically-Important-And-No-Longer-Delayable Reform of the Roman Curia for the Wise, Prudent and Efficient Government of the Universal Church," and back him with his Petrine authority in cleaning up a Roman Curia that Vigano arguably knows as well as, or even better than, anyone else).

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is totally silent.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, McCarrick's successor as Archbishop of Washington, had been "more or less" silent on the long-standing accusations that he was partly to blame for "cover-ups" of abuses while he was in Pittsburgh, but he has just issued a statement which suggests that he has, in the end, decided to resign his post as Archbishop of Washington. He says he will soon fly to Rome to discuss his decision directly with Pope Francis...

Cardinal Daniel Di Nardo of Houston, Texas, head of the US bishops' conference, has been asking to meet with Pope Francis for more than two weeks. Suddenly, tomorrow, the request will be granted: he and several others will meet with Pope Francis. But just as this long-sought meeting is finally about to occur, with the hope that Francis and this delegation of US bishops will begin to hammer out how, finally, to put an end to this horrifying, endless cycle of abuse and cover-up, it is being reported that Di Nardo, too, is under a shadow for allegedly not acting on two cases of abuse by one priest... (link)

Finally, in a kind of "can you top this" moment, American businessman and political strategist Steve Bannon has (metaphorically) just parachuted in to Rome to join this cast of characters... Bannon, the man who more than any other in 2016 helped elect Donald Trump president of the US... Bannon, who then became Trump's close adviser... Bannon, who then fell out of favor with the new president and left Trump's administration... that same Bannon was in Rome over the weekend, urging, via reporters, all Catholics everywhere to "cease and desist" in calls for Francis to resign the papacy because such a resignation would (Bannon argued) cause a disastrous "de-stabilization" of the Petrine office, resulting in a chaotic "de-stabilization" of the Church herself.

But then, as is to say, "yes, you can top that," Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, the personal secretary of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who retired under still mysterious circumstances to the Vatican Gardens five and a half years ago, appeared at a book presentation in Rome and announced to the world, while presenting The Benedict Option, authored by Rod Dreher, that Vigano's release of his "Testimony" and the revelations about the sexual scandals in the Catholic Church have been the "9/11" of the Catholic Church — and suggested that Emeritus Pope Benedict thinks this as well. (See Gaenswein's full text below.)

In the meantime, the Orthodox world in these last few days has been heading directly toward its own tragic schism, with Moscow (the "Third Rome") threatening to excommunicate Constantinople (the "Second Rome") over Constantinople's support for a unified Ukrainian Orthodox Church based in Kiev, sought for above all by Ukraine's President, Petro Poroshenko, the creation of which will mean breaking apart of the present Russian Orthodox Church in both Russia and Ukraine.

So what we have is:

—the revelation of hidden faults, sins and crimes, with all the horror that revelation causes

—the spectacle of powerful men humbled

—the spread of confusion, doubt and division and

—no consensus or clarity yet about what the best course for the Church is or ought to be.

All of this suggests that... the mystery of Fatima is still unfolding, mysteriously, 101 years after the six apparitions to the three shepherd children in 1917.

The time seems to be drawing near for a much-needed and long-delayed... consecration -- to return each of our individual lives and the life of the whole of humanity to an ancient yet ever-new path in search of... in seeking... God... in devotion to... what is good, what is noble, what is just, what is holy... so that a world gone mad in the never-sated desire for self-glorification, self-gratification, leading inevitably, unavoidably, to frustration and misery, might be... made new.

That time will come, and when it does, a healing supernatural wind, a spiritual light, will illumine the hearts and souls of men, and they will understand that they have been chasing in vain illusions and shadows that gave them nothing of what their hearts desired, but only enslaved them, and there will be a new time in the Church and in the world, a time of the gentle breeze, of true freedom, of integrity, of the Logos, and of peace.


Eight facets of a story

1) A delegation of American bishops will be received tomorrow, September 13, by Pope Francis. The meeting was requested more than two weeks ago by the president of the US Bishops' Conference, the Archbishop of Houston, Texas, Cardinal Daniel Di Nardo. Many observers had wondered at the long delay by the Pope in agreeing to receive the U.S. bishops.

But just as the meeting was being announced, a story broke in Texas alleging that Cardinal Di Nardo himself had not acted effectively after learning of allegations that a priest had sexually molested two young people. Here is that story:

Abuse scandal hits diocese of cardinal set to meet with pope


Associated Press

September 12, 2018 05:53 PM


As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, the cardinal leading the delegation has been accused by two people of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week on sexual abuse charges.

The two people told The Associated Press that they reported the priest and met with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

One of them says she was promised in a meeting with DiNardo, several years after she first reported abuse, that the priest would be removed from any contact with children, only to discover that the priest remained in active ministry at another parish 70 miles away.

The priest, Manuel LaRosa-Lopez, was arrested Tuesday by police in Conroe, Texas. Both people who spoke to the AP are cooperating with police.

The priest's arrest and allegations that DiNardo kept an abusive priest around children cast a shadow over a Thursday summit at the Vatican between Pope Francis and American bishops and cardinals.


Sursa: www.InsideTheVatican.com

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