Several readers have written to say that I should …

Several readers have written to say that I should have included a link to the First Things defense of Father Maciel (see next entry). I have already written and linked to this some week ago and you can read about it here. It is the Friday, March 29th entry.

Nothing new here, but a rehash (and slap on the ha…

Nothing new here, but a rehash (and slap on the hand by Cardinal Ratzinger) on ABC’s 20/20 last night–Sexual Abuse Allegations Covered-Up by Vatican:

The alleged victims say the Vatican knew of the allegations against Father Marcial Maciel and chose not to pursue them.

In fact, the pope has continued to praise 82-year-old Maciel, a Mexico native, as an effective leader of Catholic youth, despite detailed allegations sent to the Vatican four years ago saying the man was also a long-time pedophile.

Maciel denies the charges and said the men made them up only after leaving the Legion of Christ.

Maciel is the founder of the little-known but well-connected and well-financed Legion of Christ which has raised millions of dollars for the Church. Operating in the United States and 19 other countries, the Legion of Christ recruits boys as young as 10 years old to leave their families and follow a rigorous course of study to become priests.


Vaca is not alone. He is one of eight former students, now all in their 60s, who have signed sworn affidavits submitted to the Vatican that they were abused by Maciel.

When they were members of the Legion, the accusers were devout followers of Marciel. But for the last eight years, they have been trying to get the Vatican to listen or even acknowledge their detailed allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of Father Maciel. They say they have not heard a response from the Vatican.

If nothing else, I think this case shows a reluctance on the part of the Vatican (which other bishops are merely following) to pursue these type of cases. If true, who knows how many victims there could be who are still in the order.

This is a continuation of the 73 Steps to Spiritua…

This is a continuation of the 73 Steps to Spiritual Communion with God. The previous are posted below among the other posts and last week’s archives. Here is the ninth Step:

(9) And what one would not have done to himself, not to do to another (cf Tob 4:16; Mt 7:12; Lk 6:31).

The Golden Rule is well known across cultures. At an early age we are taught to treat others in the same way that we wish to be treated. Has this rule fallen on deaf ears though in our time?

Could it be that we no longer think about others or care about them? What is it that has desensitized us from the needs of others?

Forty years ago people marched upon the towns and villages of the south to protest the way people of color were still being treated; almost a century since the cessation of slavery. Something of the Golden Rule motivated those marches and when television cameras broadcast those images to the rest of the nation soon others changed their opinions too.

But forty years later it seems that the multiplicity of those images along with the dramatization of similar images has lessened the impact of reality. Like a collective hypnosis we seem not to be affected by the plight of our fellow human anymore. Like a callous that develops from constant friction, the flood of images of suffering and hurting individuals has dampened our ability to care.

I suppose that recognizing this, is the first step to diagnosing it as a problem that is destroying us as a society. St. Benedict’s maxim can serve as a corrective. The first step is to really feel, what it is that I feel.

How do I feel when someone smiles at me? It feels good, I feel important or at least that this person is well disposed toward me which is also a good feeling. If this is so I should offer a smile to those who life cast in my path today.

How do I feel when someone treats me in a manner that makes me feel that my existence is inconsequential to them? Probably not very good, then I need to even in a small way acknowledge everyone as an important part of God’s plan for me today.

We tend to be a society in touch with their feelings. It is a small step to return back to a more civil manner of existence where I believe that there is not just “me” but us on this planet. Everyone is important in God’s plan. My feelings are the key to defining how I should treat others in the way that God wants me to do.

A reader writes concerning so called Catholic Hosp…

A reader writes concerning so called Catholic Hospitals:

St. Francis Hospital in Trenton, NJ is giving the “Spirit of St. Francis” award to the state Democratic Chair, abortion extremist,

planed parenthood funded and supported, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman….2 times she voted against Parental Notification. She is the chairperson for appropriations money. St. Francis “sold the farm and the mission.”

They no longer have a maternity wing.

Actually a ‘blog” could help us with a phone campaign. The Bishop is silent (now there’s a surprise) . He has not responded to any letters.

Irony….the gala affair where the award will be given is Mother’s day weekend

One wonders why the bishops don’t step in and strip both hospitals and universities of the “Catholic” title? I know of a bishop who himself is under fire in Florida who has threatened small Catholic bookstores in this regard, but wouldn’ t dare to do the same to a hospital or university.

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