Skip to comments.Spy Wednesday [in Holy Week] Reflection: The Sins of the Clergy [Catholic Caucus]
Posted on 04/19/2011 8:13:33 PM PDT by Salvation
Wednesday of Holy Week is traditionally called Spy Wednesday since it is this day when Judas conspired with the Temple Leadership to hand Jesus over. He would accomplish his task the evening of the next day, but today he makes arrangements to hand Jesus over and is paid.
One way to reflect on this terrible sin is to reflect that Judas was among the first priests called by Jesus. We see in the call of the Apostles the establishment of the ministerial priesthood. Jesus called these men to lead his Church and minister in his name. But one of these priests went wrong, terribly wrong, and turned against the very one he should have proclaimed.
Among the other first priests we also see great weaknesses evident. Peter in weakness denied Jesus, though he repented later. All the others except John fled at the time of the passion. And so here we see the sins of the clergy made manifest. Christ did not call perfect men. He promised to protect his Church from officially teaching error but this does not mean that there is no sin in the Church and among those who are called to lead. The story of Judas shows that even among those who were called, one went terribly wrong.
In recent years there has been much focus on the sins of Catholic Priests who went terribly wrong and sexually abused the young. The vast majority of priests have never done such things, but those who did so inflicted great harm.
There are other sins of the clergy that have nothing to do with sexuality that may also have caused great harm. Maybe it was an insensitive remark. Perhaps it was the failure of a priest to respond at a critical moment such as a hospital visit. Whatever it might be that has caused you harm or alienation, please dont give up on God or the on the Church. If a priest or Church leader has caused you grief or to feel alienated please know that there are other priests, deacons, and lay leaders who stand ready to hear your concerns and offer healing. Let the healing begin. Ask among your Catholic family and friends for recommendations about helpful and sensitive priests or Church leaders who can listen to your concerns, address them where possible, and offer another opportunity for the Church to reach out to you with love.
On this Spy Wednesday pray especially for priests. We carry the treasure of our priesthood in earthen vessels. As human beings we struggle with our own issues. We have many good days and some less than stellar moments too. The vast majority of Priests are good men, though sinners, who strive to do their very best. But some among us have sinned greatly and caused harm to the Body of Christ, as did Judas. Some of us may have caused harm to you. Please accept an invitation to begin anew.
If you have stayed away through some hurt or harm caused by any leader of the Church, strive on this Spy Wednesday to still find Christ where he is found. Among sinners and saints too, in the Church he founded: Perfect in her beauty as the Bride of Christ but consisting of members who are still on the way to holiness.
As usual, after all my verbiage, a music video offers this message better than I ever could. Allow this powerful video to move you if you have ever been hurt or know someone who has.
**Among the other first priests we also see great weaknesses evident**
Yes, we all have our weaknesses.
spy Wednesday Ping!
We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.
Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.
Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.
Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.
Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.
Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.
O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.
Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priestsThis icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.
The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.
The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.
Melchizedek: king of righteousness (left icon) was priest and king of Jerusalem. He blessed Abraham and has been considered an ideal priest-king.
St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.
Correct. In the US which had the highest rate, the % of priest convicted is 0.53%. In the worst places, Philly and Chicago, the number of those accused was 2-3% (lesser numbers were convicted). The majority of the abuse was in the 50s-80s and now any priest even suspected is put on suspension pronto
Let us not malign the 97.5 to 99.5% of good priests (and nearly 100% of priests joining this century) for the sins of the evil 0.53 or 2.5%.
Pray for them, they need our prayers.
Pray for priests not only today and every day, but for the upcoming next 4 days, because they go into 12 warped speed or overdrive with the upcoming Easter Tridium/Easter Day services and of hearing confessions, offering special blessings as well.
As a college basketball fan, and just having celibrated my CT Huskie men’s basketball team’s recent championship, I often call the Easter Tridum, the “spiritual final four” as in the four special days of Passion/Easter Days.
Not surprised, because it takes only one bad priest doing wrong to harm the good name of all the rest.
Thanks for those statistics.
Good reminder, about praying for priests, especially for the upcoming 4 days. They really do so much for us...and it’s important to remember them in our daily prayers. Now, on the topic of you being a college basketball fan - I am, too......and I will tell you that I “bleed blue”...meaning that I am a huge UK Wildcat fan - who is NOT celebrating the CT Huskies’s championship. :(
So - even though your Huskies beat my Cats this year....I will wish you a very blessed Triduum and Happy Easter. :) God Bless!!
How true, our priests are going to be in overdrive, 12 horsepower, highest level warpspeed overdrive these next few days. Plus also hearing confessions as well, add to that, if there is more then one parish doing the masses/services there. They need BIGTIME not only our prayers, but even words/acts of support.
So you are a UK wildcat b-ball, WOW!!!!!!!! Nice to post to you from this UConn Huskies men’s/women’s b-ball fan. :)=^..^=