Cardinal Levada Weighs In

Cardinal Levada, as the head of the CDF, weighs in to explain the facts to the shrill, tabloid style New York Times. Go here.

What hits me in all this is how the various church officials who actually know the facts are admitting past mistakes, apologizing for wrong doing, but also laying the facts out very simply and reasonably, while the enemies of the church care less about the truth and are wild eyed with rage and indignation.

This is apparent in the comments on some of the media articles and comments on blogs. Someone will explain very clearly what is going on, and still they say, “Those sort of explanations are even more of a cover up!” Or the Church officials very courteously apologize and admit the mistake or even publicly beg for forgiveness and the critics say, “That is not enough to satisfy us.”

I say, “Don’t appease Nazis.”

  • http://religionannarbor.wordpress.com religionannarbor

    I am not Catholic but I am so sick of the media on this issue. They don't care about facts and are clearly just trying to boost ratings at the expense of the church. I find it laughable that people who have no foundation for any moral ethic whatsoever are suddenly outraged by sexual immorality. As Christians, we can condemn abuse based on scriptural principles but if we are a random cosmic accident, why be outraged?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12979831428268753359 Natasa

    I've now heard a number of non-Catholics say how unimpressed they are with the way this issue has been dealt with by the media. It seems many people are not blind and can distinguish propaganda and bad journalism from facts. There is hope.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09158421880497827083 Athos

    René Girard's mimetic theory, IMO, is a faithful servant of the Magisterium, not because the Church's teaching "fits" it, but because Girard, a son of the Church, developed it from his reading Sacred Scripture.That said, my fear about this scandalizing brouhaha is that it is like casting the first stone: once the stone is thrown, mimesis often begets similar violence, true or false, right or wrong.We've already seen a "first stone" at Christmas in the Vatican, w/a woman vaulting a barricade to try to attack the Holy Father.We must pray that the MSM follies do not incite similar stone throwing. The farther our culture moves from the biblical ethos, the more it becomes neo-pagan in its need for sacrificial victims.We must protect the Holy Father and all our priests who grace us with the Sacraments. Assume the worst about fallen human nature; even if it resides in the op/ed offices of the NYT.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10263336790979057510 A Little One

    So Pilate said, "Gee, I'd really like to release this man instead of the horrible criminal. What do you say?"And the media said, "Crucify him!"I wish just once I could read an article where they decide we should dimantle the public education system because of all the people who flock to teaching because they want to spend time with vulnerable children and some do in fact act criminally. Isn't the only solution to THAT problem to eliminate the corrupt system?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00997766157711823147 the owl of the remove

    Spot on, Dwight – they really are Nazis!

  • http://romishgraffiti.wordpress.com romishgraffiti

    I am not Catholic but I am so sick of the media on this issue. They don't care about facts and are clearly just trying to boost ratings at the expense of the church.Thanks. It is encouraging to know that non-Catholics can see through the bs. I think Sturgeon's Law is being validated here. That is, these stories contain about 5% fair criticism and 95% pure, unadulterated crap. If I try to aim the flamethrower at the 5%, people will accuse me of whitewashing for not acknowleging the 95% BS.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08801584133028591211 Laura R.

    I'm gratified that non-Catholics are also disgusted by the way the media have treated the Pope and the Church. And Little One, I've thought the same thing; a commenter elsewhere wondered why the New York Times wasn't busy investigating and publicizing cases of abuse in the New York City schools.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14485768454161100884 Neophyte

    Well said religionannarbor, if we could interest you in becoming Catholic let us know. Check out my favorite TV Station EWTN.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14269126978149151249 slack

    "I find it laughable that people who have no foundation for any moral ethic whatsoever are suddenly outraged by sexual immorality. As Christians, we can condemn abuse based on scriptural principles but if we are a random cosmic accident, why be outraged?""Sexual immorality"? That's your euphemism of choice? Really? I could see using that term to describe getting some strange outside of a spousal relationship. But criminal sexual predation on children under one's care goes a bit beyond a peccadillo. In some cultures that's called "rape". The reason people are outraged at the institution is the way the hierarchy has made the world safer for the rapists than it did for the rape victims. If you don't believe me, spend some time reading the report prepared by the AG of Massachusetts on abuse within the Boston Archdiocese. It's a sickening read. And that archdiocese is not an isolated case."if we are a random cosmic accident, why be outraged?" Ooo, ooo, I know that one!! It's called common human decency.


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