In lieu of your regularly scheduled top ten, I couldn’t let one more day pass without putting how I feel out here on the blog.
Mainstream media – NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, Yahoo, Newsweek, People, NY Times – all of ya. Zip it with the witch hunt on Pope Benedict and the Catholic church.
I’m certainly not saying that the priests who were sick and deranged enough to commit such heinous crimes against children should’ve stayed in active ministry. And, I’m not saying that those bishops who kept things quiet should be given a free pass.
But, I am appaled and horrified at the vengeance in which the mass media is attacking my church, my Pope and my faith with such biased coverage. It’s shameful.
Lest we forget the emotional and heartfelt meeting Pope Benedict XVI had with abuse victims during his apostolic pilgrimage to the U.S. in April 2008. Go ahead, click on the link and read the story. Then come back here. I promise it’s worth the read.
I am proud to be a Catholic Christian. And I am equally proud and honored to call many priests friends of our family. Several years back, as we were preparing to celebrate a priest’s ordination at our parish, this poem surfaced and was printed on the program for the event. I’ve included it below.
Many of you may not know, but 2010 is the “Year of the Priest.” I find it curious that during this year when we should be lifting priests up, praying for them and honoring them, the secular world is tearing them down at every turn possible.
To our friends in clerics, fear not. You have our prayers and we are honored to know you.
You baptized our babies.
You annointed our heads at confirmation, absolved us during reconciliation, fed us the Eucharist and made us witness to one another during the sacrament of marriage.
You held our hands and prayed with us when we thought we might lose Luke from this earthly world. And you rejoiced with us as his body healed.
You shared laughter and meals with us at our dinner table and tears in our living room as we mourned the loss of a baby to miscarriage.
You played basketball with our children.
You drank a glass of wine with us in Italy.
Prayed with us, inspired us and befriended us.
To each and every one of you, we say, ‘thank you’. Your years of service and obedience to God do not go unnoticed.
And to the secular world, I say, shame on you. Shame on you for only giving your audience one side of the story. For assuming guilt, for giving Satan one more stronghold in people’s minds. It’s deplorable. Interesting that the story began to heat up, just as the church entered into its holiest time of year. Easter.
The juxtaposition is not lost on me. All those who yelled “Crucify Him!” on Friday, were begging for forgiveness and redemption come Sunday morning. He is risen, not just for those who believe, but for those who don’t.