Understanding What is Really Going On in the Latest Abuse Scandals

Every Holy Week the hounds of hell come out to cause trouble for the Church. This year the secular press, especially the New York Times, has tried without fail to pull down the Church, and tie the Pope to the abuse scandals in Europe and the latest scandal here. They have printed numerous articles but have not even contacted people who would best know the facts. Or like MSNBC they makeup headlines such as the one this week that said “Pope Describes Touching Boys: I Went Too Far,” even though the article is not even about the Pope. They had to retract that one.

Here are some articles to help you make sense of what is going on with these latest scandals.

First, I want to refer you to the last post I wrote about this: Every Catholic Should Read This. I note this specifically because the Vatican did not even have juridical responsibility about abuse cases until 2001. Local bishops did. Then Cardinal Ratzinger then was flooded with cases that were sent to him from around the world through 2004. He went through each and every case, and justice became swift, most without a trial because the evidence was overwhelming.

In the US the latest despicable scandal is of Fr. Lawrence Murphy of Milwaukee who abused possibly as many as 200 deaf boys. Murphy died during his trial. Unfortunately, local police authorities, when notified when the abuse happened refused to prosecute. Here are articles to help you understand what happened:

Setting the record straight in the case of abusive Milwaukee priest Fr. Lawrence Murphy
by Fr. Thomas Brundage, JCL who was the judge in the Fr. Murphy case but was never contacted by the New York Times even though they “quoted” him.

Cardinal Ratzinger an Evil Monster? by Jimmy Akin at the National Catholic Register

The Vatican Statement on “Murphy” Case by NY Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

Scoundrel Time(s) by George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, and the author of The Courage To Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church,” among other books.

These articles are about the general abuse crisis and the coverage by the press:

The Holy Office Speaks at Whispers in the Loggia

To Whom Shall We Go? by Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

The Courage Not to Be Intimidated at Whispers in the Loggia.

There are many other articles but these are the most noteworthy. I hope you will take the time to read them so that you can be informed.

Update:  It is scary when Pravda understands more of the truth than the New York Times:  To Confuse the Wood With the Trees

From Persecution to Freedom – Finally

Imagine the courage it would take to travel for hours to attend a secret Mass in someone’s home, not knowing if this time you and your family will be arrested and the priest sent to a prison camp. Imagine the courage it takes to just own a Bible or a cross in a place where that is punishable by death or imprisonment.

We in the West take our freedom of religion for granted. Those in China and other countries around the world do not. While we whine that we have to go to Mass, or that the priest’s homily is too long, or that people are not dressing appropriately for Mass – people in countries that suppress Christianity are dying. Christians in communist China, especially Catholics, are seriously persecuted. Bishops and priests spend their lives in prison or labor camps because being Roman Catholic is illegal.

I read this today with both joy and sadness: Chinese underground bishop Yao dies at 87. Sadness because of what this man, Leon Yao Liang, had to endure most of his life, joy because now he is finally in heaven.

Yao was ordained a priest in 1946 and assigned as assistant pastor, said the Kung foundation, based in Stamford, Connecticut.

Yao’s religious activities came under increasing restrictions after the 1949 seizure of power by the officially atheistic Communist Party, which reviled Catholicism both as a religion and as a reminder of China’s past weakness in the face of expansionist European powers.

As the political climate worsened, Yao was forced into a labor camp in 1956, and two years later, sentenced to life imprisonment for refusing to renounce his loyalty to Rome, the foundation said.

He was “released” in 1984, but released just meant he traded one captivity for another.

As you go about your day today, please pray for Bishop Yao and for those in China and other countries that Christianity is outlawed or persecuted. You can read more about the situation in China and what you can do to help by going to the Cardinal Kung Foundation website.