Skip to main content

"The Final Call" starts a multi part investigation into the manner which the Church has treated victims of "the long lent" of sex abuse cases

Ashahed M. Muhammad -Asst. Editor- of The Final Call, ( a black Muslim website/paper) begins a series of investigatory pieces examining the manner in which the church has treated the victims of clergy sex offenders. This first installment raises the issue of race, but this is an argument that is well refuted. However, the subject soon moves to the manner in which victims are being dealt with, and the legal/financial strategies of some Dioceses, a far more damning situation for the church and its Bishops.

Whereas the State has the obligation to enforce the criminal law of the land - using the legal system to assign guilt and determine levels of compensation, whenever the Church uses the same protections offered to any legal entity in its defense, or if it adapts the tactics and standards of lawyers and insurance executives (and yes, even criminals), it is pilloried once again.

Yet, the question that I believe should guide the hearts of church men is to determine what is in the best interests of the "Good" (as understood in the Thomistic formulations that marked my formation and education). If the church exists to be the visible presence of Christ in the world, then it must always bind itself "with hoops of steel" to its primary mission of ministering Christ to the world.

So what is the "Good" as understood in these cases? Aside from the niceties of a Thomistic debate, and to steal a line from our evangelical brothers and sisters, the yardstick by which the Church is here and now being judged is "What would Jesus do?" As the earthly tabernacle of God's Holy Spirit here on earth, these four simple words provide the standard for judgment against which we are being measured. If we claim to speak for the Messiah, then must we not expect to be judged by how well our actions match our words.

Why do I believe this to be so? It is because the people who have moved into the offices of power and influence within virtually every western country, are the first of the "un-churched" to make such decisions without any significant religious or philosophical training, aside from those they received from purely secular sources. People are no longer willing to engage in studying the nuance of a situation... unless it effects them in some direct way. Understanding Christian values now happens in the stark black and white absolutes of "good" and "evil".

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Sisters of Life

Here is an excellent website for any and all interested in the pro-life cause. The Sisters of Life are a religious order than began in New York City under the authority of Cardinal Jon O'Connor (RIP) in the 1980's. Their traditional religious lifestyle and clear charism have led them to grow much faster than many other orders. As a result, these wonderful women are moving beyond the boundaries of NYC and have opened a convent in Toronto. Here is a link to a news account from LifesiteNews which explains in greater detail their history and mission in Toronto. The Sisters of Life count among their numbers a woman from our Parish here in Mattawa who is soon to take her final profession. This is one of the greatest blessings that we have received as a parish. Anytime a religious vocation comes forward from a parish community, many graces flow back to the local church. I can only pray that as the Sisters of Life establish their ministry in Canada that more and more women will join

Canadian Euthanasia Information

The May 2010 Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Newsletter can now be found at: http://www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca/Newsletters/Newsletter108(May2010)(RGB).pdf Bill C-384 was soundly defeated by a vote of 228 to 59. Check how the Members of Parliament voted at: http://www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca/HowTheyVoted.pdf On June 5, 2010, we are co-hosting the US/Canda Push-Back Seminar at the Radisson Gateway Hotel at the Seattle/Tacoma Airport. The overwhelming defeat of Bill C-384 proved that we can Push-Back the euthanasia lobby in the US and Canada and convince people that euthanasia and assisted suicide are a dangerous public policy. Register for the Seminar at: http://www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca/2010SeminarFlyer(RGB)(LetterFormat).pdf The Schindler family are being attacked by a Florida television station and Michael Schiavo. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is standing in solidarity with the Schindler family. My blog comments: http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2010/05/att