“You have forgotten God who gave you birth.”

I’d say that today’s Responsorial Psalm is the Lord whacking our bishops with a clue-by-4.

You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you, and you forgot the God who gave you birth.

“The LORD saw it, and spurned them, because of the provocation of his sons and his daughters.

And he said, `I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end will be, for they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faithfulness.

They have stirred me to jealousy with what is no god; they have provoked me with their idols. So I will stir them to jealousy with those who are no people; I will provoke them with a foolish nation.

Read that in the context of the PA grand jury report and tell me it isn’t a warning to the men who would hide the sins of their brothers.

Sadly my own bishop, Cardinal Tobin, refuses to see. He wrote a letter to the priests of the Archdiocese addressing another round of allegations. Frankly I’m, underwhelmed. Especially by this:

“No one – including the anonymous ‘sources’ cited in the article – has ever spoken to me about a ‘gay sub-culture’ in the Archdiocese of Newark.”

Sergeant Schultz, please call your office. “Uncle Ted” is on line 2.

His Eminence’s protestation beggars credibility. Perhaps he needs to spend a day or 3 with Bishop Morlino in the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin. The fact is the Church has become too accepting of sin, too willing to sacrifice dogma to the needs of “pastoral care.” The Nuns On The Bus embraced Obamacare, including contraception, sterilization, and abortion because they believe the pastoral need for access to health care outweighs the spiritual need to be true to the Gospels. Cardinal Tobin embraces dissident priests who “reach out” to LGBT communities out of a desire to show mercy and love to all God’s children. But what about their immortal souls? What happens when LGBT “pride” translates into sacrilegious actions by supposed men of God?

Sin.

Sin happens.

Pope Francis wants us to do penance. OK. But it won’t be enough. Yes we are all sinners, and yes we must all return to the path of righteousness. Yet His Holiness does not address the decades of coverups, deceit, stonewalling, and debauchery which has permeated every layer of Holy Mother Church. And I’m not just singling out the homosexuals. We have bishops who are determined to sanction adultery by admitting divorced and remarried Catholics to Holy Communion. We have supposedly Catholic institutions which gladly promote contraception, pre-marital sex, gender fluidity, and same-sex relationships.

They have forgotten God who gave them birth.

Pray for them. Pray for their repentance. Pray for their salvation. Pray that the priests, bishops, and cardinals who have not succumbed to temptation will remain steadfast in their faith and be a beacon of hope to the wayward among them. Pray too for the children and young men whose lives were destroyed. Pray that God will not forget us.

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