I'm not the Holy Father but your
e-mail at least deserves a comment.
If the Catholic
Church will not protect the most
vulnerable among us from predation
by priests why should anyone take
seriously the claims of the Roman
Church as God's appointed authority
No one in the Church will EVER officially
defend the horrific acts (if they
are true; some aren't) that have
happened to many of the faithful
in our Church. No one!
What the main stream media, who has
been bashing the Holy Father recently,
has to remember is that the Pope's
free will is not ONE FREE WILL
with all the bishops he has appointed.
This is a childish, uncatechized
view of free will.
Each PERSON has their own free will
that they will be responsible for
at their particular judgment.
Your reply: But the Pope is
My reply: Infallibility does
not mean that the Pope's choices
for bishops will always be the best. He
could make some terrible choices
or more probable, bishops that started
off as holy bishops could be brought
down by that bastard, the devil;
someone the national news media doesn't
Infallibility is a NEGATIVE safeguard.
It guarantees to the FAITH-ful that
the FAITH Jesus entrusted to St.
Peter and his successors to defend
and safeguard, will never change.
- Our belief in the Trinity
- Our belief in the sacraments
- Our belief in the male priesthood
- Our belief in a proper understanding
of salvation and justification
- Our belief in a proper understanding
Salvation Outside the Church."
- Our belief in Heaven, Purgatory
will never change. Could they
be clarified? Sure! but not changed.
We want people to understand our
Lord's Teachings correctly.
Infallibility DOES NOT guarantee
that the Pope will always make the
right choices on any
issue, like the assignment or appointment
of new bishops.
He will always strive to make
the best choice, but he is not infallible
on these issues. Infallibility just
guarantees he will be prevented from
teaching doctrinal error, not that
he will always teach the best that
can be taught, even theologically!
You should take the claims of the
Roman Church seriously only if you
want to take Our Blessed Lord Jesus
Christ Himself seriously.
Matthew's Gospel states:
And Jesus answered him, "Blessed
are you, Simon Barjona! For flesh
and blood has not revealed this
to you, but my Father who is in
heaven. 18 And I tell
you, you are Peter, and on this
WILL BUILD MY CHURCH,
and the powers of death shall
not prevail against it. 19 I
will give you the keys of the
kingdom of heaven, and whatever
you bind on earth shall be bound
in heaven, and whatever you loose
on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matthew
There is only ONE Church that existed
back then, that also exists today:
the Roman Catholic Church.
In addition: Surprise!: It's not
the Pope's Church; he is just the
Prime Minister of the Church just
as Mr. Gordon is the Prime Minister
Queen Elizabeth reigns over the Prime
Minister, just as [Jesus|the Holy
Spirit] reigns over the Popes, guiding
them, YET respecting their free will
do stupid, non-doctrinal things that
can sometimes hurt the Church.
You should really read some Church
history Tom. My favorite papal case
was back in the sixteenth century.
Pope Sixtus V had planned on officially
publishing a [botched|heretical]
version of the Latin Vulgate Bible. This
was the ONLY version Catholics were
Fiction by Patrick Madrid:
By now, expectation was at a boiling
point. The news in Rome had it
that the official promulgation
would happen any day. Advance
copies of the new Vulgate had
been bound and delivered to all
the cardinals in Rome along with
advance copies of the bull officially
publishing it. Everything was
now ready for the pope to promulgate
the new version. Nothing could
stop him. All he had to
do was take the last fateful step.
BUT, the next day, they found him
dead in his bed due to a brief illness :
He had been in excellent health,
and was one of the more vigorous
and active pontiffs in the history
of the papacy. But as the last
moment, it seems the Holy Spirit
fulfilled, once again, Christ's
promise that He would guide the
Church into all truth. Advanced
copies of the version were quietly
withdrawn by the cardinals.
The bull announcing it, was never
issued. At the request of the
new pope, Gregory XIX, under Cardinal
Bellarmine's supervision, a new
commission was formed to carry
out the revision of the revision.
Fiction, Pages 250-251
Let me put it another way. I remember
hearing about some Protestant observers
who were overseeing the events of
One observer thought the Church was
falling apart and appeared chaotic.
He questioned a Catholic Cardinal
on this and, paraphrasing, the Cardinal
We've been trying to destroy this
Church [by our sin] for about 2000
years and can't; it's got to be divine.
- each person has their own free
- Infallibility is:
- a negative safeguard that
nothing heretical will be
officially taught and
- does not guarantee the
best appointment of new
- you have to separate bad behavior
of the members of the Church from
its official teachings
The Church has
covered up these horrific acts for
hundreds of years, and abandoned
There is no denying that the Church’s
handling of cases of sexual abuse
and pederast priests was for years
more than deplorable. The acts of
these priests have been criminal.
Changes in the manner of handling
these tragedies have come far too
Objectivity and intellectual honesty
require us to insist, however, that
those changes have nonetheless come. Example
you won't heard from the T.V. or
Charter to protect children by
the United States Conference of
Nevertheless: Hundreds of years?
No, this problem started back in
the 60's and 70's. Bishops allowed
bad seminary professors into the
seminary. Once the Devil gets hold
of the culture within Catholic seminaries,
the spirituality in the Church will
decline among ALL the faithful.
I would disagree with your view that
the Church has abandoned the victims;
it has helped many since 2002.
Perhaps you should
use your substantial riches to alleviate
- Who says the Pope doesn't?
- Do you want to take a guess
at what the largest charitable
organization in the world is?
The Catholic Church! You're just
not going to hear it on the national
Once again, you're just not going
to hear it on the nightly news with
Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams or Katie
I have yet to hear one good piece
on the GREAT work the Catholic Church
does on the nightly national news.
Hope this helps,