Trouble in Paradise Scandal in the Church
Jesus Feeds the Multitudes
To Whom shall we go?
J M J
Now I'm sure most Catholics know by now the scandals that are affecting the church. Homosexual priests and sexual abuse both of minors and seminarians. This can be argued in many different ways from various angles till we are blue in the face, but I will focus on a little of why this is happening and of what to do about it as a layperson.
First the why. Why would God allow this to happen first of all and why would he allow this to happen especially to His church? Well, we know that he allowed a person to be his disciple who he knew would end up betraying Him. So He must have known this would happen for He is all-knowing but why? I think it is a chastisement for our overall lack of piety in the church. We have lost our zeal for the sacraments and for God Himself, not to mention adoration for His beloved Mother Mary, our Heavenly Queen, and Mother to our Church. We see God punishing His people of Israel in the Old Testament for their iniquities and we see it in our church history.
Our Lady of Good Success prophecied: "The devil will work to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every way, working with baneful cunning to destroy the spirit of their vocation and corrupting many. Those who will thus scandalize the Christian flock will bring upon all priests the hatred of bad Christians and the enemies of the One, Holy, Roman Catholic, and Apostolic Church. This apparent triumph of Satan will cause enormous suffering to the good pastors of the Church…and to the Supreme Pastor and Vicar of Christ on earth who, a prisoner in the Vatican, will shed secret and bitter tears in the presence of God Our Lord, asking for light, sanctity, and perfection for all the clergy of the world, to whom he is King and Father.” for more go here: http://www.tfp.org/prophecies-of-our-lady-of-good-success-about-our-times/
This is what I see happening now. The scandals in the US Diocese are not isolated to us but I believe we will see more and more exposure of these awful crimes in other countries as well. In these corruptions of the church, I feel they are a confirmation that the Roman Catholic Church IS the one TRUE church for it is the most criticized the most under attack by the devil himself even for all the good the Catholic Church has done over the last two centuries that most people don't give credit to. If we did just a little digging we would see very plainly that the Catholic church is responsible for so much good in almost every aspect of history. But just like Jesus even after all the miracles He performed there were people who hated Him just like His church. As a Catholic, a Catholic convert, by the way, these scandals do not make me regret nor put me off but I hold strong because as Peter puts it "to whom shall we go, thou hast the words of eternal life". So don't be like the "disciples" who abandoned Jesus when they didn't like or understand what Jesus was saying, but be like his true disciples who stuck by our Lord. Now is the time to stand strong and be ready to defend our church and our faith.