From Cardinal To Criminal: Australian Cardinal Pell Jailed … 

Update – 3 March, 2019…

Since writing my original editorial comment below, I have been moved by the information given by bloggers and the evidence provided by several (not least  the Australian bloggers) which appears to point to the Cardinal’s innocence.  Read on, and tell us if you agree.

Comment:

 St John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, teaches that “…the person who does not become irate when he has cause to be, sins. For an unreasonable patience is the hotbed of many vices:  it fosters negligence, and stimulates not only the wicked, but above all the good, to do wrong. (Homily Xl, super Matheum, 1c, nt 7).

So, what is the correct Catholic response to this sort of horrendous news?  Horror at the Cardinal’s crimes (of which he insists he is innocent); compassion for his victims?  Compassion for the Cardinal himself, that he has, apparently, succumbed to a shocking temptation and thus fallen from grace and brought his high office – and the Catholic Church itself – into disrepute?  

Anger? Compassion?  A combination? 

We may hold different views on this – but we can surely all agree that we must pray hard for all involved. Our Lady of Good Success pray for us!     Our Lady of Fatimapray for us! 

One key question, however, has to be whether or not these appalling crimes are doing irreparable damage to the Bride of Christ, His Church. Of course Christ has promised to be with His Church until the end of time, that the gates of Hell will not prevail against His Church. There was no promise, however, that the gates of Hell wouldn’t come close, and they have never been as close as they are now, in our times.  It has to be the case, then, that in some souls, the answer to the “irreparable damage” question is definitely “yes”.  Some will never see the beauty of the Faith, some will be convinced that all priests are abusers, that the Church is evil.  And isn’t that where St John Chrysostom’s exhortation to righteous anger should move us to action?  But, what, if anything – beyond prayer and sacrifice – can any of us do about this sordid scandal of the abuse of children and vulnerable adults?  There must be something we can do – but what?  

11/12 – Happy 50th Birthday Summa!

Our Blogger, Summa, Scots-born resident of sunny Australia, celebrates his 50th birthday today – in not-so-sunny Glasgow!  He’s up from down under, so to speak, for the next few weeks,

Yesterday, we chatted briefly after Mass.  Mrs Summa warned that the grey hairs would soon show, now that hubby has reached this landmark birthday. She, being a glamorous gal-about-town, isn’t too crazy at the prospect. 

Anyway, we thought we would seek some advice for the Birthday Boy from those older and wiser… Here’s what one Coffin Dodger (below) had to say to mark the occasion…

Not to worry you, Summa, but take a look at the following conversation between 3 ladies overheard talking about how they feel on reaching their 50th year…

The first lady said “There are times I find myself with the milk jug in my hand, and the fridge door open, but I can’t figure out if I was taking it out, putting it back or pouring myself a glass.”

The second lady answered “Yes sometimes I’m at the foot of the stairs and I don’t remember if I was going up or just came down.”

The third friend responded “Well, thankfully I don’t have that yet, knock on wood.” As she knocked on the table, she looked around and said “Oh, someone’s at the door, I’ll get it!”


And finally, from all of us here at Catholic Truth…

Have a wonderful day!