By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 26, 2005

Cardinal Ratzinger at yesterday's Via Crucis:

"Should we not also think of how much Christ suffers in his own church?" he asked. "How much filth there is in the church, and even among those who, in the priesthood, ought to belong entirely to him. How much pride, how much self-complacency?"

Since you asked, Your Eminence, the answer is Yes.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2005 12:29 AM ET USA

    The miracle of God's grace allows for the salvation of souls IN SPITE of rotten clerics and bishops. My devotion to the priestly office is in no way diminished by the despiccable and pitiful characters who often weasle their way into clerical ranks. Because the corruption of the best is the worst, I feel a particular obligation to castigate the criminal element in the hierarchy. For my own failings ... confession and absolution at the hand of a priest before whom I humbly kneel.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 28, 2005 9:13 PM ET USA

    "Pat": It seems to me that when you post something, it is usually to defend that which is "liberal" / dissident. Thanks be to God for Diogenes and for D's courage to state things as they are. Among many priests and bishops today there is filth, arrogance, and obvious disrespect for the Magisterium. (My diocese is a poster child for this.) The sooner Rome recognizes the problem and acts to clean it up, the better off the Church will be. I would say: Thank God Diogenes is not like you.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Mar. 27, 2005 7:24 PM ET USA

    Fr. Pat, might one ask for an example of "muck" Diogenes writes about DECENT people? Lots of muck, yes. He is one of the few who points it out where it is. Otherwise, how can it ever be hosed off?

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Mar. 27, 2005 5:38 PM ET USA

    I do not necessarily agree with everything Diogenes says and even the way he puts things, but in the main he is on track and quite incisive at times. There are many cutting things over and above what we do say that I or any number of other readers I am sure could say about the priesthood and definitely about upper level prelates, but (shock of shock) Father, we restrain ourselves. Sometimes it amazes me that there are any committed Catholic laity left because of the depth of the scandals.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 27, 2005 9:58 AM ET USA

    Amen, Fr. Pat! And thank you for your work as a priest.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 26, 2005 11:59 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, you are so right. As a priest, I am so proud and self-complacent as I read all the muck you print about decent people. I say: "Thank God I am not like the rest of men -- at least not like this Diogenes here." For once you are right.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 26, 2005 1:02 PM ET USA

    Did the Card. see the picture below before he wrote this?