eastwind journals 54 – WE NEED A RADICAL POPE

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The Thorny ‘Pedophile Crisis’
By Bernie Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com


Note. This article was written before the selection of Pope Francis, and posted after he assumed the throne.


We do not need a “trapo” (tradional Pope) who will plunge the Church into further ruin. What we urgently need today is a Pope with a vision and guts to institute radical changes. The era of authority and secrecy is no longer relevant. The era of open-ness and ecumenism is needed to cope with our rapidly changing society, to institute a revolutionary and appropriate theology of the faithful focused on the bottom, not on the top, to stem the crisis facing the Church today.
Rev. Hans Kuhn, outspoken critic of the Papacy, articulates this clearly. He is calling for “a revolution from below to unseat the Pope and force radical reform at the Vatican.” He is “appealing to priests and churchgoers to confront the Catholic hierarchy, which is corrupt, lacking credibility and apathetic to the real concerns of the church’s members.” He termed the unconditional allegiance to the Pope demanded of bishops, who become ‘yes men’, akin to that of generals of Hitler. He says ecumanalism has been replaced by obedience for ‘political expediency’, and Pope Benedict’s theology remained in the Middle Ages, “the same as that of the Council of Nicea held in 325”. (Sources – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_K%C3%BCng; and http://m.guardiannews.com/world/2012/oct/05/catholic-revolution-nazi-dictatorship-pope).


However, Kuhn’s ‘revolution from below’ can better be realized with a revolution from the top, namely a radical Pope who can face squarely with courage and political will the growing tide of corruption and clerical abuses. It is like Patton’s pincer movement, a revolution from top and below. The ‘unseating’ Kuhn suggests is no longer a problem. Pope Benedict has resigned, paving the way for a new 21st century Counter-Reformation.


Who are the candidates for this position? Cardinals Timothy Dolan and Sean O’Malley are two possibilities. They are the vocal critics of Cardinal Roger Malony of Los Angeles, who is accused of being a pedophile-priest protector.


The Church crisis is trilateral – leadership, spirituality, and corruption. In leadership, a Youtube of Pope Benedict XVI snobbed by German cardinals demonstrates the seriousness of the leadership crisis in the Papacy, the loss of confidence and credibility. This video is a very painful scene of a potential schism. The English and Spanish versions vanished, perhaps victims of censorship, but this Russian version persists. There is no need for the narration. The footage speaks for itself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygeG5WFzkV8&feature=player_embedded


The crisis of spirituality revolves around the thorny issue of pedophile priests, about which Pope Benedict XVI has been accused of cover-up. Today, there are thousands of priests worldwide guilty of sex crimes, and thousands of court cases. The trend is intensifying on a global scale. The issue of pedophile priests is now an erupting volcano.


At the core of the controversy is Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, accused of cover-up to protect the image of the Church. He had the gall to say, “Thanks to God’s special grace, I simply stood there, asking God to bless and forgive them (protestors)”, when he is the one who needs to seek forgiveness. This is how warped the perspectives of some cardinals are. Others under the gun presently as pedophile protectors include – Cardinals Sean Brady (Ireland), Godfried Danneels (Belgium), and Justin Rigali (Philadelphia). There are more. (Source – http://news.yahoo.com/conclave-brings-cardinals-dirty-laundry-133534671.html).


These pedophile protectors have put primacy in saving the image of the Church over the punishment of heinous crimes. In their intent for the Church to save-face, it ironically lost-face. The pedophile protectors themselves also lost face. And they have, without intending it, spread pedophilia by sending these clerics somewhere else where they can continue their crimes.


Implied in the transfer to new parishes of pedophile clerics is a very serious and dangerous premise – that the Pope, cardinals, and bishops accused of cover up, justify, condone, and PARTICIPATE in these crimes. They are at the core of the Church crisis. Up there, Jesus is watching and perhaps He is in agony over what His apostles on earth are up to.


The most effective reforms to solve this crisis are simple – admit the crimes, admit humbly and bare the cover-up, hand the pedophiles over to the courts for trial and punishment. If they do not, they themselves are subject to court charges. The Pope and the cardinals are not above the law. Radical options include publishing the list of pedophile clerics, and re-instituting ex-communication for heinous crimes. Only this way can the Church dissipate a deepening crisis. There are three virtues needed – humility, justice, and truth. For Truth shall set the Church free from the burden of sin. Unpunished pedophile priests are catalyzing the proliferation of both schism and atheism. It is bad karma. Non-Catholic Christian sects are mushrooming rapidly.


The Church is losing a lot of ground rapidly. The atheists are screaming that it is the beginning of the end for the Church. Not so. It is the beginning of deep reforms. The rock that Jesus handed over to Peter will prevail until the end of time. We just have to make deep incisions to remove the cancer.


Let us not pretend to be good Catholics by defending or keeping secret the dark features of the Church. As good Catholics, we are duty bound to expose and reform them. Our silence is a sin of omission. Let it all come out to bring back the Light. The key to effective reforms is not to defend the Papacy but to expose and criticize it, as Kuhn did. Only this way can we solve the crisis, this 21st century Reformation that needs a new radical Counter-Reformation based on Humility, Truth and Justice. And our prayers must go hand in hand with reforms, for His ways are not our ways, and we need to ask for His help and to discern His will. eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com


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