Southern Religion

One priest speaking ‘the truth to power’

The Rev. Kenneth Lasch, JCD is a retired Catholic Priest, trained in canonical law. Ruminating on what happened to Jeremiah when “spoke to the religious and political leaders of his age without equivocation,” Lasch wrote on March 26:

It’s curious to me that our Church hierarchy that has taken such a prophetic stand for life is so reluctant to listen to the prophets that have been addressing another life issue – the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by priests and even bishops. I am referring not only to sexual abuse but to physical and psychological abuse. As clear and explicit as the Holy Father has been on the rights of the unborn, why does he allow himself to be protected behind a wall of silence or prevarication and equivocation by those who surround him. Knowing what I know about how the Vatican system works, there is an inconsistency between the moral edicts of every kind it issues and its inability to hold itself accountable to the same moral standards and principles as they pertain to the inner workings of the Church. It is very disheartening indeed. The Pope’s credibility has not been enhanced and it will continue to decline until the full truth is exposed.

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The Pope’s apology during his visit to the United States rang hallow and his latest apology is no better.

Jeremiah was beaten, put in stocks, thrown into a cistern and imprisoned because he continued to “speak the truth to power.”

Jeremiah was still among Lasch’s concerns on March 27 when he wrote:

There is an ancient axiom that predates the reformation and is as poignant now as it was when it was first spoken: “Ecclesia semper reformanda est!” – The church is always in need of reform – from the top to the bottom. And if it doesn’t change from the top down, it will change from the bottom up. In the words of my dear mom, “Mark my words!”

In his complex Palm Sunday message about denial, Lasch wrote:

Even the Church can slip into denial about it’s own need for reform from the top to the bottom. Years ago when the news of the sexual scandal broke in this county, blame was assigned to messengers rather than face the truth of mismanagement and cover-ups.

We were led to Lasch after encountering Catholic League President Bill Donohue’s use of false comparisons and red herrings to argue that the real problem is, somehow, criticism of the church.

Is it not cautionary that failures of church self-criticism seem to please Richard Dawkins? While simultaneously recognized by decidedly Christian Rod Dreher as “discrediting the authority of the church”?

[H/T: Andrew Sullivan]


March 29, 2010 - Posted by | Catholic, children | , , ,

1 Comment

  1. I am not in favor of abortion, yet it troubles my soul continually when church leaders concentrate on the unborn and fail to minister to the “born”. Most Christians have compassion for the person after they are born, but too many “talk the talk, not walk the walk”. I have seen too many fellow believers become livid about abortion and neglect the child once it is born. So many church goers care only for their spot on the pew. They will attend right to life rallys and vocally protest helping the poor and unwed. Is a child out of the womb any different than the one inside?
    Let us not forget that “all” life is sacred. Immigrants, downtrodden, unloved, abused, abusers, single parents, alcoholics, drug users, homeless, unsaved and even church goers are loved by God. Christians must think inside the box as well as outside the box. Remember, Jesus turned no one away, not one. Even the tax collectors, prostitutes, the demon possessed, the blind, the lame and the sick. Should we as followers of Christ be any different?

    Comment by James | March 29, 2010

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