problem? what problem?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 01, 2005

The long-promised apostolic visitation of seminaries is about to begin. Your Uncle Di is worried that it won't work. Others are worried that it will:

The Vatican is set to inspect U.S. Catholic seminaries and theology schools for the first time in two decades, addressing issues key to the clergy sexual abuse scandal. ...

But many victims' advocates and experts on pedophilia in the priesthood are skeptical about the inspections, noting for example that some church officials have blamed the scandal on gays in the priesthood, even though an untold number of victims are female.

The number of female victims, far from being untold, is very well told indeed. Check out the abuse victim gender graph published by the National Review Board:

This chart shows the selections the good fathers made from the sexual dessert menu decade by decade. What part, exactly, is hard to understand? The "experts on pedophilia" mentioned in the article are no more than a smoke screen, since 78 percent of the victims were pubertal or post-pubertal, but pedophilia has proven a useful feint to distract those who wish to be distracted from the real problems. The more triathlete-conscious among our bishops are very, very, very, very concerned not to embark on a witch hunt here, and the witches to be hunted heartily concur. The success of the visitation depends on the will of the hierarchy to get to the root of the crisis, and to this point that will has not been greatly in evidence. Hope I'm wrong, folks.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 05, 2005 11:54 PM ET USA

    Please add Lincoln, Nebraska, to the list of seminaries to keep & strengthen.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 05, 2005 11:52 PM ET USA

    My prayer: Only orthodox, millennial bishops (unquestioned love for & obedience to the Church, Magisterium & Holy Father) will be named as visitators by the Holy See, with the intent to scrutinize every seminary & the plan to close all but maybe 10. West of the Mississippi, keep Denver & maybe Mount Angel in Oregon. In the East: keep Mount St. Mary's, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Joseph (Dunwoody), the Josephenium, Mundelein, St. Vincent. Strengthen these. Close the rest. Then visitate Rome's.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 04, 2005 8:12 PM ET USA

    Further, it would be a good and holy endeavor to pray for the early/timely retirement of half the bishops & half the cardinals in the USA; and that they be replaced by orthodox, holy, bold bishops who have an unquestioned love for and obedience to the Church, the Magisterium and the Holy Father... ...and that the "witches" to be hunted be removed from all forms of ministry.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Sep. 02, 2005 9:22 AM ET USA

    More bad news: a jesuit novice master repeats the lavander mafia's line that the problem is not a sexual orientation problem but of celebacy problem. This is a man apointed by the general of the society of Jesus to control entrance into the order. somebody just doesn't get it.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 02, 2005 12:01 AM ET USA

    I agree and hope you are wrong, but until I see differently, I fear this will be a rerun of the last apostolic visitation.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Sep. 01, 2005 9:01 PM ET USA

    it's not looking good in Mudville. like you, I hope you are wrong. (time to put that classic picture of the old rusty jalopy up again for some comic relief).