Skip to main content

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Cardinal Levada decries media bias, defends Pope in PBS interview

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Cardinal Levada decries media bias, defends Pope in PBS interview


  1. nobody would argue that the present day Church has many safeguards in place etc but why don't these Cardinals just say..."we did not always do the right and Christlike thing and we are sorry" and allow everybody to move on. NOBODY will come to know their God better by dragging this on and it seems we have lost sight of the fact that that is the only reason we are here.This Catholic says enough is enough.

  2. Mary G: AMEN...AMEN...AMEN! Why do you think it is that our leaders don't seem to want to do just that? I earlier posted a blog post calling for clerics of all ranks (either in a Diocese, Province, Country or universally) to participate in a mass of atonement on the closing Sunday of the 'Year of the Priest'. This would allow all of us to prostrate ourselves in penance before God, and in solidarity with the faithful to acknowledge our failures and sins. Then to ask for forgiveness.

    I've been arguing that it is necessary for clergy to practice the same regimen of confession as any Catholic should.

    1. First we should examine ourselves (institutionally and personally) in preparation for confessing. This would involve bringing in an outside expert to review any records of allegations received, to ensure that the universal protocol has been faithfully and fully implemented.

    2. Confess their sins before a priest: in this case, the common priesthood of the faithful at masses celebrated on the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

    3. In penance, the clergy would prostrate themselves in front of God, with the assembled laity kneeling in prayer with them.

    4. Then we try to move forward with a renewed sense of compassion and trust that any future issues will be dealt with promptly and appropriately.

    I harbor no illusions that this in itself will miraculously or magically make things better! As Catholics we recognize and understand the power of sign and symbol. Such a gathering would be a very 'Catholic' response to any crisis through the application of these spiritual and psychological tools. Perhaps it is this which continues to keep the 'barque of Peter' grounded on these rocky shores.

    Fr. Tim

  3. Some people do not wish to move on. Specifically Robert Tallach in London and Jeff Anderson in the US do not wish to move on. Both of these lawyers have civil cases pending on behalf of abuse victims. These lawyers have driven the media coverage to suit their own adversarial process.

    "Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put into prison; truly I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny." Mt 5:25-26

    Anything that involves a court mandated settlement as a result of this adversarial process should be far more embarrassing than any scandal thus far seen.

    "Can it be that there is no man among you wise enough to decide between members of the brotherhood. but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? To have lawsuits at all with one another is defeat for you. Why not suffer wrong? But you yourselves wrong and defraud. and that even your own brethren." 1Cor6

    It seems plain to me... the only way to redeem ourselves in this situation is to freely admit the guilt of the abusers and those who willfully protected them. We must freely offer a settlement to any who have a credible case instead of having to have it wrung out of us by the civil courts. If that means we must impoverish ourselves then so be it.

    Personally I would rather we were stripped down to having to meet in rented basements than to suffer this indignity one moment longer.


Post a Comment

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: Bill C-384 was soundly defeated by a vote of 228 to 59. Check how the Members of Parliament voted at: 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: 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: