The Bishops meet in Baltimore and I think they will not accomplish too much. The “scandal” seems deeper than they are willing to search and while they search, it seems to me the flock flounders more and more. Children and the young are so vulnerable in Satans playground because the shepherds are awfully busy focusing on their own troubles as shepherds. I see mayhem everywhere because it takes very holy men and women to pray for and exercise humility enough to root out the wages of sin in all of us. Meanwhile the instruments of sex being foisted upon the young everywhere with the rapidity of unmonitored electronics and the speed of light propagated by voracious media monsters.
The attacks upon sex as created by God are spread more and more by media, corrupt schools, and social networks muchly ignored by parents and the family who themselves waste precious time [earphones & smartphones] with far too little teaching from those who are anointed to teach them – not just the shepherds but priests who are mostly silent when the flocks gather. Flocks are not fed with strong food but are constantly given milk like children. So these children are vulnerable to secular culture that invited Satan into homes and schools and courts and government in 1973 [unfettered abortion – now advanced to infanticide and suicide]
I smelled something wrong with then Archbishop McCarrick’s ways and did little myself then. Now he has a successor who seems ready to adjust the order of creation and sexual practice even. When I attended Josephinum in the 50s our life there was pure and holy – now we don’t even know for sure what goes on and what is taught to our future priests – some of whom will be ordained and under holy obedience to Bishops who seriously question the teachings and traditions of the Church in the practices of sex.
Shepherds must be constantly vigilant and constant in protecting their flock from predators – to watch for strays and take them back from the mouths of the enemies who surround them. Do they recognize the predators, even?
Their lives will be sacrificed to the point of persecution and even death – knowing that Jesus will hold their body, mind and spirit while they are fully engaged in battle against Satan. Too many self-interest discussions around evening hours in Baltimore Hotels leave too many sheep at home alone.
We just had a week of intense pictures from 75 years ago as thousands of fighting courageous soldiers from across the land left farms and jobs and homes to travel across the world and give their every ounce of strength and blood to end a demonic Hitler brutally torturing and killing innocents across Europe. Are we not today in the same situation as godless men and women – led by Satan – are spreading death everywhere they can from the womb, the family, the sick, the aged and infirm. I spoke to a young man who told me you can’t compare Hitler with today – it is not that bad! I assured him there is no difference at all. [Read state law journals from 2019] Is there any difference in God’s eye? Show me!
The world needs holy, fearless Christian leaders and shepherds who will get back out with the flocks and churches and parishes; to wield the Crucifix and Word of God [all of it] and lead all who are willing to hear the truth and take up their crosses for God, for His Church and their children and the weak.