The Tip Of The Iceberg And The Resignations (Or Prosecutions) That Must Follow
Correct me if I am wrong, but I seem to remember that then-Cardinal Ratzinger issued a new discipline for cases of suspected paedophilia in or around 2000 or 2002. The new discipline mandated that all cases of suspected paedophilia be referred to Rome, to be investigated from there away from the protection afforded by the local cabals.
Now raise your gaze above Pennsylvania, and let it rest from sea to shining sea (or, if you prefer, above the fruited plain). It is clear that Pennsylvania is not an island, completely cut off from what happens in the rest of the Country. PA must perforce be the tip of a vast iceberg.
Now let us reflect a moment: how many cases of disobedience to the Ratzinger rule must have been in this time? How many Bishops must have been involved? How many of them have become Archbishops, or Cardinals? How many of them are homosexual, or were blackmailed by those who are?
And let us also be clear on one thing: if we thought that the problem had been largely eradicated ten-fifteen years ago, but then discover this was not the case, how many other cases must be going on now, as I write this?
Where there are homosexual priests, there must be paedophile priests, then even if not every homo is a paedo, most paedos are homos. Has the number of homosexual priests decreased in the last fifteen years? Can anyone say that the phenomenon of homosexual priesthood has been eradicated? Does the oh so friendly parish priest in the church near you make the impression of having the required dose of testosterone? Thought not…
I begin to suspect that the organisation of the Church in the US (and in who knows in how many other countries) harbours a vast net of paedophiles operating either in the shadow or in the half-light, and with many that should see either too incompetent to see, or too cowards to do anything, or blackmailed themselves.
Let us say, to make an example, that a Cardinal (let us say, to make an example: Wuerl) is not a paedo, but he is still a homo. He knows that he can be crushed every day. He is confronted with paedophiles among those of his same tribe. Will he be the relentless persecutor of child abusers? Or will he limit himself to do the bare minimum to have some defence in future, whilst not causing his own demise by the hand of the paedo cabal? How many situations like this one must there be all over the West, if we consider the number of people in purple and red we can clearly see can be legitimately suspected of homosexuality? Do you really think that, say, Cardinal Coccopalmerio is normal?
And what about the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires? Was his conduct whilst there, and before being there, above suspicion? Thought not…
No. This problem cannot be addressed by the same people who created it. We need to see guilty priests, bishops and cardinals rot in jail.
This might, in time, be deterrent enough. Then when the official structures have become so corrupted that they cannot reform themselves from the inside, Providence will provide the way how they can be reformed from the outside.