Can anyone believe the Lord of Heaven would permit anything of this sort to go unpunished? No wonder AmChurch is dying. No wonder we've been seeing books with titles like David Carlin's The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America(Sophia Institute Press, 2003) selling on Amazon over the last decade. Where is the sense of mission? vocation? commitment? sacrifice? What has happened to the Church in America?
Whom did Jesus call, in white-hot anger: "Hypocrites!" "Sons of hell!" "Blind guides!" "Brood of vipers!" "Whitewashed tombs!" etc.? It was the Scribes and Pharisees, who did not practice what they preached. He did not fault them for their theology, but for their hypocrisy. (Mt. 23:1-4)
We have our Lord's promise that the Gates of Hell will not prevail against His Church; but we do not have His promise that the Catholic Church in America or Western Europe or the United Kingdom or Ireland (or even in Rome) will persevere until the end. Indeed, if these reports out of Boston are any indication of the financial modus operandi of American Catholic dioceses, we should be not be surprised in a decade or two to find anything more than a few scattered, smouldering cinders left of the dying AmChurch establishment. If anything, we should expect divine judgement.
But lest I forget my "pastoral" manners, might I add: "Smile, God loves you. Have a nice day!"
Update: a reader writes:
Your readers may be interested in discovering what their local Diocese spends on salaries for its employees.
They can use this link
and create an account for free and check the 990 forms.