Blog note. Slick. Very, very slick. The Pope is offering a “bureaucratic” solution to this problem. More rules, processes, oversight, transparency, promises and statements to correct men’s hearts. This is his approach to all worldly problems. This didn’t work before. It won’t work again. Once again, the focus of the Church and the Pope is to heal itself, say appropriate words and move on. As is the usual case, the major focus is on “fixing” what went wrong and not on helping who got hurt. At first, I thought this was actually one of the first times that I agreed with something that Francis was doing. I was tempted into thinking that he is doing the right thing. However, I was wrong. Only Christ can change men’s hearts, not a systemic or bureaucratic slight-of-hand. After all, it was the “system” that allowed this sexual abuse corruption to spread like the wildfires in California, British Columbia, Siberia, Greece, Sweden and elsewhere this world. The wolves in sheep clothing deny the power of Christ. Wow! The Pope openly admits that the Catholic Church has a culture of death. (His words, not mine – read below). I thought the true church of Christ is supposed to show and shine the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ to a dark world. We are supposed to be lights in a dark world. How is it that the leader of the largest “Christian” church in the world refers to “his” church as pushing the darkness of death into the world through its culture? After all, he repeatedly states that he comes in his own name, and not that of Christ’s name. Did they ever really know Jesus Christ? Does the Pope really know Christ? Who is running this church, Christ or “someone else?” No one can heal these evil men’s hearts except Christ. Not you, not me, not the Pope, no bureaucratic process, edict or statement. No amount of billions of dollars thrown at the problem will solve it.
What about the abused children over the decades? How can they be healed? Once again, the answer is Christ. He can reach deep into their souls and heal them, if they let him in as adults. What does the Bible say about the harming of children, the “little one’s?”
Matthew 19:13 … Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
*Matthew 19:14 … But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
*Mark 10:14 … But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
*Luke 18:16 … But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
*Matthew 18:6 … But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
*Mark 9:42 … And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
*Luke 17:2 … It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
*The Holy Word of God repeated three times, signifies God’s divine emphasis and intensity. The context or subject that which God is referring to, is extremely important. He is emphatically and intensely making his point well known. He is adamant about the text and meaning. Do not (harm, hurt, offend or abuse) the little ones (children). Jesus also indicates that the little ones (children) are to have access to the kingdom of heaven through Him.
Who did the wolves in sheep clothing harm? The youngest and most vulnerable of us … the children. God is indicating that a form of punishment and banishment awaits the wolves who harm the little ones. Although God’s punishment or wrath may not come fast enough by our standards, it will in fact come in God’s due time. Implied in the three verses is that it would be better for men to hide themselves in the oceans’ depths, than to face to gaze of judgement and righteousness of Christ at the white throne judgement. “But that is so far away”, you say. From our perspective, yes. From God’s perspective, no. A thousand years is a tomorrow to Him.
Revelation 6:15-17. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Once again, men are so terrified by the gaze, glory and wrath of the Lamb, that they beg the rocks to fall on them and hide them. They would rather be dead than face Christ’s judgement. Their sins will expose themselves and be brought out into the light. The same can be said for the wolves in the Catholic Church who abused the youngest children among us.
The “Church” has historically played “where is the ball now under the three cups game” as a form of punishment. Push the sin under different rocks so it is hidden. Transfer the problem in the hopes it won’t happen again. After all, the “Church” is “suffering” a shortage of priests and they need all available “hands-on-deck”. This doesn’t even count as a slap on the wrist.
O.K., let’s go with “secular law”. Maybe that form of punishment will be best for the wolves in sheep clothing. Ruh-Roh! Statute of Limitations … darn. A few wolves will be caught and embarrassed. Most will evade punishment via secular law efforts. We all know that. Will the statute of limitations law(s) be amended or reformed as a result of this obscene activity? Only God knows. What about the old wolves that are already dead. God knows who they are and has accounted for their activities. Only Christ knows if they accepted his offer of salvation.
What’s left available for punishment? As usual the Bible tells us. Man’s laws and punishments don’t work. God’s law (in the form of Jesus Christ) and judgement in the form of the white throne judgement, would suggest that many (most?) of these wolves in sheep clothing can look forward to eternal punishment in the form of the second death, or the lake of fire and brimstone. If the abused knew this, would it console them? I don’t know. Christ knows. Jesus Christ can provide the abused little ones with the spirit of forgiveness and healing to overcome the rage, anger and perhaps hate directed at those who abused them.
Where am I going with all of this? Obviously, I want to stress (along with everyone else) how wrong and evil all of these behaviors are. The wolves matter-of-factly harmed, hurt and injured the little ones, the children. I wanted to demonstrate how the Pope’s solutions will not solve the problem, but most likely continue to perpetuate it regardless of what he says or edicts. Isn’t that the goal of Satan, perpetuation of evil? Francis’ words sound good, but they are hollow and are incapable of changing men’s hearts. I wanted to use God’s word from the bible to illustrate what he says about these wolves in sheep’s clothing. God’s judgement and wrath, via his Son, Jesus Christ is more eternal and intense than anything mankind (church or secular law) can dish out. There will be no slap-on-the-wrists, no transfer of a priest/bishop/cardinal to reside under another dome (cup). There is no purgatory (contrary to the Catholic church-made dogma) so that the wolves can be made into sheep later. Christ came so that a change in all men’s hearts could happen while they are alive. There is no second chance. Money is not the solution. “Reform” of the church’s processes, tribunals, bureaucracy, system and doctrines is not the solution. What is the solution? Christ is the solution, for both the wolves and the little ones. The wolves need to be convicted of their sin in Christ. The little ones need to be healed through the love of Christ. Mankind can’t do this. Secular agencies can’t do this. Money can’t do this. The Pope can’t do this. Only Christ can do this. End of note.
What these victims want the Pope to know
By Mallory Simon and Erica Hill, CNN. Updated 8:55 AM ET, Thu August 23, 2018
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (CNN). Pope Francis is failing the thousands of victims of abusive priests in the US and around the world, survivors told CNN in emotional interviews.
A rare letter of apology and contrition from Francis, and his promised meeting with Irish victims of priestly abuse this weekend has done nothing to ease the ongoing pain of the five people we met in Pennsylvania, where a grand jury concluded earlier this month that hundreds of priests raped, molested and abused boys and girls for decades.
The Pope wrote that the church “abandoned” child victims while the perpetrators were protected. He called for fellow Catholics to fast and pray, but offered no new directions to stop any current or future abuse.
Those were hollow words for these four people abused by priests and a father who lost his son to drugs after his molestation.
This is what they want Francis to know:
- Sharon Tell, says she was abused by a priest for 20 years beginning when she was 12; he would later officiate at her wedding and baptize her three children. “You need to clean up your act. You need to get your church in order. You need to take all of those priests that have been abusing children and put them in jail so they cannot abuse children any longer. “You know, his letter was really nicely written. I give him credit for that, but it was not sincere. He was not proactive. And the only reason that he did it was because of the pressure. It was pressure on him to say something.”
- John Delaney, says a priest began abusing him when he was an 11-year-old altar boy, later raping him regularly, including on the altar. When he acted out, his family asked the same priest to counsel him. “Prayer, penance, fasting, they’re all words. I need action. You know, you want to step up and take control of your church? Demand that these bishops and these cardinals stop protecting predators, stop the lobbying against legislation that would help victims past, present, and future. “Pretend it was your father,that got abused. What would you do to protect your dad, Pope Francis? Would you pray for him? That would be it? Would you fast? Would that be it? That’s not enough for us. He needs to take control of the church.”
- Jim VanSickle, stayed silent for 37 years after he says he was abused by a priest he called his spiritual mentor from the age of 16 to 18. “I think the Pope needs to know that the church speaks on exactly what you’re supposed to do — to repent and be prepared for the next life. “I would just ask him to practice what they preach. Come to Pennsylvania and take these people out of ministry. Make an example out of them.”
- Juliann Bortz, says she was molested by her religion teacher when she was a high school freshman. When she complained to the church decades later, they investigated her. “Stop the prayer and penance and skipping meals and fasting or whatever and start paying attention to the victims. Not the handpicked victims that he has been — and the other popes have all paid attention to. They’re not listening to us, he is not listening to us. “So if Pope Francis wanted to do something, maybe that would be a good place to start, but I really don’t have much to say to him. “I don’t have the same feelings about a pope that I did before ’02 (the revelation of the priest molestation scandal in Boston in 2002.)”
- Arthur Baselice, says his son was abused by two clergyman who were not charged because the statute of limitations had expired. His son died at 28 from a drug overdose. “If I had an opportunity to meet with the Pope, I would want to hear his confession. “Those actions of prayer, penance, and fasting, he does have that to ease his conscience, but that does nothing for the victims.”