gathering force-- slowly
In a typically sensationalized account of the sex-abuse scandal, the London Times breathlessly reports that the Pope has spoken of the need for penance "as calls for his removal gather force." What constitutes this mounting pressure for the Pope's resignation?
First the Times cites a Sunday homily by a priest in Massachusetts, who said that the Pope should resign because he has been dishonest. The outspoken priest, Father James Scahill, did not cite a single example of papal dishonesty.
So we have one priest--one--calling for the Pope's removal. Yes indeedy, the movement is gaining force.
And that's not all. Hans Küng says that the Pope has lost credibility. And Richard McBrien does, too. By golly it's becoming a landslide.
Of course, if you consult the news archives, you'll notice that Küng and McBrien thought that the Pope had lost his credibility last year, too. And the year before and the year before that and the year before that, going back to sometime in the 1970s.
Now if the Times can find two parish priests and three dissident theologians to call for the Pope's resignation… Well at that point the force would be irresistible.
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Posted by: a son of Mary -
Apr. 18, 2010 9:06 AM ET USA
Catholic Culture is starting a Defend the Pope program. Kick in a few bucks to help them with this if you can or say some special prayers to support them. We need to stand up and defend the Holy Father in the face of evil. I suppose if I were a better man I could turn the other cheek and show greater love and charity but I swear, sometimes the Marine really wants to say much less charitable things...gotta work on the penance thing too...
Posted by: voxfem -
Apr. 15, 2010 7:45 PM ET USA
The biggest problem with the lies is that most of the people posting responses to the stories don't seem to want to look at facts; they just rant and make false statements with impunity. I believe that the Pope is right: we need to do penance. This is a spiritual battle and we need spiritual weapons. Penance has never been my strong point but it looks as if I'll have to work on it.
Posted by: SentimentalGent -
Apr. 15, 2010 6:22 PM ET USA
A landslide might begin with the fall of a single pebble. The media is anxiously waiting for the second pebble.