More Blood on the Floor in Minnesota

Archdiocesan moral cretins hid priest’s porn collection (including child porn) from cops and parishioners. This is, by the way, a different priest from the one MPR reported on last week.

Classic Institutional Butt Cover moment: When the archdiocese lawyer describes the chancellor-turned-whistleblower as a “disgruntled former employee.” Yes. Disgust over covering up child porn does tend to rob one of one’s gruntle.

It will be interesting to see if the state of Minnesota decides that some people need to go to jail. However, at this point nothing appears to be happening–except, of course, perfectly justified outrage at a Church bureaucracy that seems incapable of elementary moral reasoning. God deliver us from the scourge–not of a media that exposes this stuff, nor from enemies of the Church who delight in it, nor from lawyers who profit from it–but from the God-damned (literally) sin itself and from the sin that hides and does not purge it from the Church.

You know that moment from “Snakes on a Plane” when Samuel L. Jackson registers that the limit of his patience for snakes on a plane has been reached? I’m at that point with any bishop or bureaucrat that *still*, at this late date, does not grasp the fact that the thing you do with priest or church employee who poses a danger to innocents is “get them away from innocents” and, when they are guilty of gross criminality, you cooperate with Caesar in order to protect innocents. Yes, the Church’s duty is to minister the mercy of Christ even to wretched creatures like child porn users. I get that. Yes, I understand that our culture’s obsession with salvation through law and punishment is part of the problem and not part of the answer. Yes, I get that a bishop has a duty to see his priests as his children. But for heaven’s sake, you don’t minister mercy and grace to a fallen priest by making innocent parishioners lab rats so that Father Perv can try to come to terms with his obsessions through parish ministry and “find himself”. The priesthood is about service, not about clerical voyages of psychoemotional self-discovery in which laity and their children play bit parts while an ordained narcissist and his pals take center stage as the stars of their own spiritual drama.

  • PNP, OP

    “The priesthood is about service, not about clerical voyages of
    psychoemotional self-discovery in which laity and their children play
    bit parts while an ordained narcissist and his pals take center stage as
    the stars of their own spiritual drama.”

    BRILLIANT!
    BRAVO! ENCORE! The Holy Spirit had you by that Enormous Beard of Yours
    when you wrote that. The “Wounded Healer” generation of priests and
    religious need to hear this over and over and over again.

    Fr. Philip Neri, OP

  • tj.nelson

    I told you it was dangerous up here – yet you will be in town next week!

  • Barbara

    Stories like this make me wish we would bring back the stocks.

  • http://blog.goliard.us/ Blog Goliard

    “You know that moment from “Snakes on a Plane” when Samuel L. Jackson
    registers that the limit of his patience for snakes on a plane has been
    reached?”

    It’s just Monday morning yet…but I’m still reasonably confident that this will be my favorite sentence of the week.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    Is this the same guy the Catholic League is defending?

  • http://commonsensecatholicism.blogspot.com/ Kevin Tierney

    I still think most Catholics in America (whatever their tribe or persuasion) have not sufficiently come to terms with how much damage was done to the moral voice of the Church when the abuse crisis happened. (To say nothing of the Church as a whole when it also happened in other countries.)

    And until there is a frank accounting of this damage (it hasn’t been done yet) the Church will continue to suffer cases like these.