Bishop Egan on Abuse Crisis

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth has been interviewed in the National Catholic Register (read the full interview here). The 8th Bishop of Portsmouth is a virtually lone voice amongst the English episcopate addressing this issue which is of primary importance and concern for the laity, who entrust their families to clergy & the structures of the Church.

Bishop Egan's words are extremely welcome to concerned Catholics and he clearly understands what is going on, comparing the state of the Church in the early 21st century to that of the late 15th century. Bishop Egan reminds us in his interview of the words of the philosopher Bernard Lonergan, who once spoke of the “shabby shell of Catholicism.”

He puts his finger right on the heart of the problem here:
The structures of the Church are there, but have some of the home fires gone out? Many Catholics, including members of the clergy, no longer believe the Church’s teaching, especially on matters of personal morality. There is conf…

What Has Pope Francis Covered Up?

In a new Spectator podcast, and following on from a scathing written assessment from Damian Thompson in which he states:
the duplicitous pontiff depicted by Viganò is instantly recognisable as the cynical, backstabbing Bergoglio in Henry Sire’s book The Dictator Pope, which is based on first-hand testimony from Argentina and Rome. Every Catholic should read it. Thompson interviews the author of The Dictator Pope .

Key insights in this interview include revelations about Pope Francis from his home in Argentina. Many have wondered why he has not returned home and speculated that it might be that the world would see he gets a less than cordial welcome. Henry Sire reveals that in Buenos Aires, Bergoglio consistently associated with clergy accused of sexual and financial wrong doing. Henry Sire suggests this allows Bergoglio to gain power over such individuals. Of course we see this evident in the men he has surrounded himself with at the Vatican.

Sire also reveals that the first bishop a…

Getting to the Heart of the Matter in Malta

I've been in Malta all last week looking into the allegations I reported on here. I visited the Episcopal See:

But I didn't manage to bump into the bishop sadly!

I did think this articleThe Heart of the Matter by Fr. David Muscat was excellent. With intellect and courage, Fr David speaks directly to the cause of the issue at hand:
Liberal priests love to portray the early Christians as innocent hugging brothers and sisters singing in Koine Greek a pre-reincarnated version of The Beatles’ All You Need Is Love and Scott McKenzie’s “put some flowers in your hair’’, this time if you are going to Corinth.
In reality, the martyred early Church leaders like Peter, Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus and Cornelius, mentioned in the Roman Canon, were no better in discipline than Archbishops Michael Gonzi, Joseph Mercieca and Paul Cremona. The latter were martyred in a subtler way. Fr. David speaks from his own experience, experience which I completely identify with, of a Catholicism that fa…

The Strange Case of Austen Ivereigh

Ivereigh speaking at an interview for an Argentinian newspaper. Source: Wikipedia Since the conclave in 2013, Austen Ivereigh has been at the forefront of public comment regarding Pope Francis. He is currently busy doing his absolute best to discredit Archbishop Viganò while completely ignoring the reality of abuse in the institutional Church, it really is quite shocking to behold. In fact Ivereigh referred to McCarrick sexually abusing seminarians as him "having sex with adults" and expressed no outrage whatever, it's like he is completely blind to reality where there is anything that smacks of a problem for Pope Francis.

It also doesn't take much of a watcher to spot that Ivereigh comes to the exact same conclusions as co-conspirators like Anthony Spadaro, James Martin and Dawn Eden, and they all go public at about the same time with the same strategy, I mean theory. Has anybody heard from papal biographer Austen Ivereigh, Fr Spadaro or Greg Burke about that Papal …

"...this is not a good time to become a bishop. But it is a good time to be a great bishop.”

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's response to the Testimony of Archbishop Viganò

Dear Faithful of the Archdiocese,

Last Sunday witnessed what many are calling a “bombshell” in the Church: the publication of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s “Testimony,” alleging corruption and coverup at all levels of the Church based on his long and extensive personal knowledge.

I came to know Archbishop Viganò well during the years he served as Apostolic Nuncio here in the United States. I can attest that he is a man who served his mission with selfless dedication, who fulfilled well the Petrine mission entrusted to him by the Holy Father to “strengthen his brothers in the faith,” and who would do so at great personal sacrifice and with absolutely no consideration given to furthering his “career” – all of which speaks to his integrity and sincere love of the Church. Moreover, while having no privileged information about the Archbishop McCarrick situation, from information I do have about a very…

Dr. Joseph Shaw: Viganò memo is obviously true.

A must read post from the LMS Chairman:

"The world is looking to see if Catholics, ordinary Catholics, Bishops and Cardinals, and every kind of Catholic commentator and leader, are going to demand action over what appear to be serious and credible accusations, or if they are going to pretend everything is all right while the Church's moral authority is being systematically dynamited and bulldozed around them."...
"The next key claim of Viganò is that having been told to cease his public ministry by Pope Benedict, McCarrick resumed travelling, speaking and so on under Pope Francis, who made use of him as a trusted adviser. Of this one can say: it would be incredible, it would simply not cohere with publicly known facts, if this were not true. As Cardinal and Pope, Ratzinger tried hard to rein in abusers, but he drew back from public actions which would cause grave scandal. Thus, as Pope he finally managed to cashier the monster Maciel, but did not grasp the nettle and…

Vatican Apocalypse Now

I have the utmost respect for those I know who are even now, fighting against abuse in the Church in "Catholic" countries. I often forget how different England and Wales are compared with Ireland and Malta, for example, which certainly do suffer from the kind of clericalism the Pope referred to in his open letter to the faithful. I am sure that the Pope's experience in South American tells a similar tale:
whenever we have tried to replace, or silence, or ignore, or reduce the People of God to small elites, we end up creating communities, projects, theological approaches, spiritualities and structures without roots, without memory, without faces, without bodies and ultimately, without lives.[2] This is clearly seen in a peculiar way of understanding the Church’s authority, one common in many communities where sexual abuse and the abuse of power and conscience have occurred. Such is the case with clericalism, an approach that “not only nullifies the character of Christi…