disappeared from my website! I got it back through an amazing Facebook friend who
searched and searched – finally finding it online attached to another of my
articles – although it wasn’t attached in my view … or was anywhere I could
I have felt so compelled by God to write and share.
chose this image of Mary holding the Body of Her Son to accompany my article.
great truth in the midst of the great tragedy of what has happened in the
of those we had trusted to shepherd us…
acts of such evil men
will now be maligned, misunderstood and mistrusted.
death of Her Son—
Christ “given up for us”
Church on earth…
All major Catholic News outlets are reporting the on 11 page Testimony of Cardinal Vigano regarding the Cardinal McCarrick scandal.
In the report, Cardinal Vigano, as the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United Staes, testifies that he and many others tried to stop Cardinal McCarrick’s abuse, but their reports of his abuse were often ignored and even fought against by many in authority.
He states Cardinal McCarrick was ultimately sanctioned when reports finally reached Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, saying:
“Pope Benedict had imposed on Cardinal McCarrick sanctions similar to those now imposed on him by Pope Francis: the Cardinal was to leave the seminary where he was living, he was forbidden to celebrate [Mass] in public, to participate in public meetings, to give lectures, to travel, with the obligation of dedicating himself to a life of prayer and penance.”
So, how was Cardinal McCarrick living outside of the sanctions imposed by Pope Benedict?
In answer, Cardinal Vigano names many high ranking Church officials, including Cardinals, even up to Pope Francis, as being complicit in their knowledge of Cardinal McCarrick’s horrific pattern of abuse. But even more damning, despite this knowledge, they enabled him to continue in his ministry.
I will not attempt to summarize Cardinal Vigano’s testimony regarding these allegations. as I believe it is important to read the testimony for yourself to understand whom Cardinal Vigano names and why.
If Cardinal Vigano’s testimony is substantiated, it is sign, as I mentioned in a previous post, that God is in His Heavens and He will not be mocked!
For He is cleansing His Holy Temple, as zeal for His House consumes Him. (cf. Jn ).
As the prophet Ezekiel foretold, God Himself will save us and come against the false shepherds:
“I swear I am coming against these shepherds.
I will claim my sheep from them
and put a stop to their shepherding my sheep…
I will save my sheep…
I myself will look after and tend my sheep.” (cf. Ez 34:1-11)
Interestingly, Cardinal Vigano’s Testimony was written on the Queenship of Mary, August 22, 2018. The Scripture quoted above was proclaimed on this same feast of Mary as Queen.
Taken together, I see them as providential signs of Mary’s intercession for us, who is a mighty warrior Queen — fiercely and forever protecting her children — far more effectively than any Mama Bear.
May we always know we are safe in the arms of Our Mother.
She is crushing the head of the serpent, manifested in the false and evil shepherds who feed off the sheep entrusted to their care.
And, in and through her Son, the King of Kings, they are victors, while yet fighting for a thorough cleansing of the false and evil shepherds who are in reality wolves disguised as sheep whom Jesus condemns in Matthew 7: 15:
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
|Giotto – The Kiss of Judas|
In the midst of these horrific sins that cry out to God for vengeance, may we not allow the Judases in the Church to take us from Christ and His Mystical Body.
Let us instead cling to Jesus, Mary and Holy Mother Church, taking to heart the conclusion of Cardinal Vigano’s testimony, which proclaims:
“Even in dismay and sadness over the enormity of what is happening, let us not lose hope!
We well know that the great majority of our pastors live their priestly vocation with fidelity and dedication.
It is in moments of great trial that the Lord’s grace is revealed in abundance and makes His limitless mercy available to all; but it is granted only to those who are truly repentant and sincerely propose to amend their lives. This is a favorable time for the Church to confess her sins, to convert, and to do penance.
Let us all pray for the Church and for the Pope, let us remember how many times he has asked us to pray for him!
Let us all renew faith in the Church our Mother:
“I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church!”
Christ will never abandon His Church! He generated her in His Blood and continually revives her with His Spirit!
Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!
Mary, Virgin and Queen, Mother of the King of glory, pray for us!”
Rome, August 22, 2018
Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Additionally, it is well worth your time to read one holy priest’s profound homily regarding this tragedy, as I echo a friend’s comments:
“I am angry at these evil men and what they have done. I want them rooted out and gone. I have been told that the Cherokee language has no term for a sexual abuser. They simply call them soul murders and that is true.”
May God bless us and bless His Holy Church by continuing to clean out the evil that lies within all of it – including it’s hierarchy, priests and laity. We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.