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Monday, June 15, 2015

As Time Goes By –Vatican and Pope Never Change

Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis resigned June 14
Steve Sheehan, publisher of the National Survivor Advocates Coalition News had this to say today about Pope Francis’ latest attempt to show that he is chasing down bad bishops:          

“Hark the Papal Tribunal sings!  It seems to me I heard that song before. Well, play it again, Sam!”

 Do you remember:

“1985: The Doyle, Mouton, Peterson report?  Well, let's just put that aside and perhaps it will simply fade away.

2002:  The Boston Globe Spotlight report?  Well, we'll have a conference, write a charter, create a Review Board and then it'll just be history.  Let's move Bernard Law to Rome where he'll be out of the hot seat.

2004:  We were told that the clergy sexual abuse crisis is now "history."

2004 to 2012: Rather than seeking to heal the Church, the US Catholic bishops went on the offensive seeking to reassert their lost moral authority by politicizing the Eucharist and focusing on divisive social issues such as religious liberty and marriage equality at the expense of speaking out collectively for the poor, further surrendering their moral voice.  

2012:  Finn? Well, we'll just sit this one out and people will forget about him. In a few years he'll retire and we'll be out of the woods.

2013: Maybe we should form a Pontifical Commission.  That'll look like we're doing something positive.

2015: The commission recommends a tribunal be established to look into holding bishops accountable. It'll take several years for that to get into action and in the meantime we'll talk about the environment and the economy and divert people's attention. Another encyclical will occupy their minds.

It's still the same old story - and the melody lingers on.”


What Steve says is true – these commissions are just window dressing – attempts by the Catholic Church hierarchy to look good and do nothing.  What Pope Francis doesn’t realize is that we see through his smoke screen and we are the people that he can no longer fool.