Tuesday, 12 February 2013

God Forgive Us....


I haven't exactly cried, but tears have streamed down my face all day....
My anger has gradually increased throughout the day to absolute fury....
The media interviews which either damned with lies, or damned with contempt or damned with the faintest of praise....

My jaw dropped in incredulity when I listened to those in Catholic Voices - contracted to defend His Holiness - allowing the mendacities to flow uncontested about abuse cover-ups and mismanagement and anachronistic antipathy to the 'inevitably evolving Church'...

The regular suspects were their pernicious selves - the Guardian, Dawkins, Kung and the Peppermint Spinster were all quick off the running blocks....
- and as for the 'religious affairs' correspondents?
I want to knock Robert Piggot's block off...

The only sincerity and honesty I heard in those first few hours was from Damian Thompson.

Meanwhile other opportunists were hastily eagerly discussing Conclave before the resignation ink was dry...

I'm not a wise man: I don't know if His Holiness has made the right decision - he followed his own conscience [even if that includes a sacrifice for his flock about which we'll never learn this side of the eternal veil - friends have whispered that he 'took a bullet' for us but I don't know what to believe].

But I DO KNOW that this situation is wrong - it was never meant to be like this - but it's happened because we weak, sinful, cowardly, self-righteous and self-interested ingrates allowed the circumstances which compelled the Successor to Peter to believe he could not fulfil the intentions of The Holy Spirit and Shepherd his flock through this crisis...
It's significant that His Holiness signed his resignation yesterday - not on Today's feast of Our Lady of Lourdes but instead on the day we remember the Shipwreck of St Paul...



..and I'm reminded of the Vision of Don Bosco
and the Sermon of St Basil the Great
Which both describe the Crisis in the Church as raging sea battles on a storm of troubles....
Our Captain has handed over the helm to His Successor because we fifth columnists - virtual stowaways - tore down masts and sails, drilled holes in the hull, never chipped away any barnacles, cut away moorings, made so much noise that crucial orders were never heard, lost the compass and became so loose-moralled, loose-willed and loose-spirited that the ship became virtually rudderless....

This is a dark night for Holy Mother Church...
His Holiness has conceded that things are so bad that he's unable to help us....
It's hardly surprising when today in the media so, so, so many Catholics wished to thow him overboard...



I repeat: God forgive us.

2 comments:

Simon Perry said...

Why was it not meant to be like this? Perhaps the Pope was inspired by the Holy Ghost to resign in this manner after long hours of prayer. Perhaps we will have an equally wonderful Pope, but one with greater physical vigour. The whole business shows how remarkably humble and truly spiritual Joseph Ratzinger is, I we knew all along.

Bridget said...

Hush. All will be well. Occassions such as these lend opportunity to a deepening of faith. How fortunate we were with this pope and his predecessor. And who knew then?