Skip to comments.Cardinal O'Malley lists sex abuse, Curia reform as priorities
Posted on 03/04/2013 12:55:59 PM PST by NYer
.- Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley listed clerical sex abuse, reforming the Church’s administration and Christian persecution as some of the issues he thinks the next Pope will have to tackle.
“The new Pope will also need to face the sexual abuse crisis that is really worrying our people,” he stated in a March 4 interview with CNA.
Another issue on his radar is the need to improve the relationships between the various departments of the Church’s central governing body, as well as with the universal Church.
“The relationship between the Church and the Muslim world is very important as well as the Church’s persecution in many countries and the lack of education in others,” Cardinal O’Malley added.
But Cardinal O’Malley also sees that there are positive developments for the Church, since it is “growing and flourishing.”
“We know that this is true since four million young people are hoping to meet with the new Pope in this summer’s World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro,” said the cardinal.
Cardinal O’Malley of Boston is currently attending preliminary meetings with fellow cardinals in preparation for choosing the new Pope. The gatherings include both cardinals who can vote for the next pontiff and those who are above the age limit of 80.
At the first general meeting this morning, 142 cardinals were present but 12 had not yet arrived in Rome.
“The meetings are very important because they give us the opportunity to know us better and to share information about the Church’s situation in different parts of the world,” Cardinal O’Malley explained.
“They also help us discuss about the Church’s governing body and the characteristics we should look for in a possible papal candidate,” he added.
And it’s important that cardinals with a “very rich experience and wisdom” share it with those participating in a conclave for the first time, including himself, Cardinal O’Malley said.
The assemblies are also a “spiritual retreat” that carry “a prayerful atmosphere, of deep reflection and of a searching of God’s will,” he explained.
As he and his brother cardinals continue to meet and prepare for the conclave, Cardinal O’Malley is hoping that it will be like a novena.
“This needs to be like the novena before Pentecost so that the Holy Spirit can pour over us to help us find our new Peter,” he said.
In his view, the most important thing Catholics can do now is to pray so that the Holy Spirit guides the cardinals in the upcoming papal election.
“It’s important to pray with a lot of faith and to try to do our duty of being spokespeople of the Gospel and to try to live the New Evangelization, inviting others to follow Christ,” he said.
It’s not “sex abuse.” The incidence of attack by actual pedophiles among the Catholic clergy is lower than among the general population. It’s the gay mafia, which people like O’Malley will never admit. Boston was virtually the epicenter of this under Medeiros, who was known to his clergy as “Mother Madeiros,” and it didn’t improve a lot under subsequent bishops, either.
I’m kinda expecting some sort of order leader to be selected. This would not exclude O’Malley but I would add holiness to the two he mentioned.
Nothing about the "Gay Mafia" inside the Vatican, though.
It might be gay priests raping boys but they are still priests and it is still sex abuse and there are still many girls who have been raped by priests.
Oh’ and, “everyone rapes children” is a pathetic excuse.
Its the gay mafia, which people like OMalley will never admit.
IMO, O’Malley is one of many soldiers who have twisted themselves around the “scientific” sexual orientation lies of secularism. They carry on even though it is in direct conflict with God and they know that. They know, but deny that they abetted the crimes. They pretend it is just the rapists who have created problems. It’s more than just a personal sin when the Catholic church officials abet homosexuality and the rape of young priests and children as the global policy of the church in the name of Jesus.
Jesus is going to bring that house of cards down, sooner or later. The more they twist the truth and resist, the darker they will go and the harder they will fall. I pray it is over with the next Pope.
I was talking yesterday to a permanent deacon who had met O'Malley when he was attending a seminary in western Massachusetts--he thought very highly of him.
What does that statement mean and entail? That no previous Pope has faced it? That previous Popes have avoided it?
It's the bishops who need to face the "sexual abuse crisis" because they're the ones who created it. The episcopacy needs to be cleaning up its own mess.
Church teaching on who may be admitted to the priesthood is clear; no homos. Americans in particular just thumbed their noses and laughed at this discipline and we've reaped the consequences. Now it's the Pope's responsibility to "face the sexual abuse crisis"??
The new Pope needs to read the riot act to the bishops because many still don't get it.
Oh ... forgot to ping you to post #10.
May I assume that you agree with O'Malley, that there's no "Gay Mafia" problem inside the Vatican, then?
He talks about "reforming the Church's administration". Perhaps he could start the process in his own back yard.
"Spirit of giving? Boston Archdiocese defends six-figure salaries for top church employees"
"Peter Borre, chairman of the Council of Parishes, a group fighting church closures, says the high salaries run counter to the basic spiritual mission of the Catholic Church.
The crushing overhead weight at headquarters is becoming an intolerable burden for many parishes, and if the archdiocese wants to cut costs, it should start with Braintree (archdiocese headquarters), not in the churches, Borre told the Herald."
The Cardinal doesn't think Obamacare does enough for illegal aliens, yet ignores the socialist underpinnings of the ACA, as well as the inherent unfairness of extorting from Peter, the hard-working taxpaying American citizen, to pay for Pablo, the illegal who sneaks past the border to take advantage of the system.
He posted this on his blog:
"Finally, the ACA does not adequately address the needs of immigrant communities in our country. Health care as a human right and the need for it among some of the most vulnerable people in our nation is one of the reasons why access to health care should be extended beyond ACA."
Anyway, it's highly doubtful he'll be chosen. The Holy Spirit is apparently biased against Americans. :)
Thanks for the ping.
Beleive me, I know the perversion and pervert hidey power game is not limited to the Catholics!
All people are fallen. You just don’t want the star ravishing Sodommites rising up to run the joint.
Secular government and non-profit organizations will be absolute beasts for boys and young men in a decade. Free ranging pervert territory. If the Christians cede to perversion within, the churches will be Sodom for males, too. We all know what God did with Sodom.
Well, you know what happens when you "assume".
Good. In fact, it's quite pervasive. The Boy Scouts are dealing with this boy scouts sexual abuse. Ironically, they are under pressure to drop their ban on allowing homosexuals to join their ranks.
Sexual abuse of minors is rampant in this culture. The courts are filled with such cases committed by rabbis, imams, protestant ministers, orthodox priests, camp counselors, sports coaches ... and the list goes on. The question you need to ask yourselves is why has the Catholic Church been singled out for public flogging? Why doesn't the media cover the abuses in the Boy Scouts but foster their refusal to allow homosexual leaders? Instead, you join the ranks who wish to see the church subjected to pillory. You claim to be christian, yet you are right there with the mainstream media, pointing fingers of blame while your own ministers are engaging, unchecked, in the same abuse. I just don't understand that.
You just dont want the star ravishing Sodommites rising up to run the joint.
I agree Sara. I also recognize that the Catholic Church, throughout its 2000 year history, has been under siege from without. Many are those who wish to take her down. We also know that during WWII, the church was subtly infiltrated with communist agents. When the sexual abuse scandal of the Catholic Church in North America first erupted and the information was conveyed to Pope John Paul II, he dismissed it. He grew up during the war years and witnessed accusations of homosexuality falsely directed against Catholic priests by communist agents. The possibility that this was true came as a shock. He initiated the process of compiling verifiable facts against those accused. Since the Catholic Church is global, such a task is tedious. Pope Benedict XVI picked up the pace during his pontificate. Last year, with no fanfare, he eliminated hundreds of bishops. Last year, he commissioned 3 cardinals to investigate the extent of this infiltration and that report has now been sealed. It will be delivered to whoever is elected as pope.
Sara, consider that of all the christian churches, only one has held steadfast and uncompromising in matters of faith and morals. These have never changed. Her enemies are many yet she continues in proclaiming the truth entrusted to her by Jesus Christ. We Catholics have the reassurance of our Lord that "the gates of hell will not prevail against" the Church. Many have tried, no one will succeed.
A top priority of the new Pope should be getting a spine transplant for bishops like O’Malley, Dolan, and Wuerl, who love to slobber on powerful politicians—especially Obama—and who have not yet had the courage to declare that pro-abortion nominal Catholic politicians must not be given Communion.
Boston was cursed with three (maybe four) gay bishops in a row, O’Connell, Cushing, Medeiros, Law(?). Naturally, all blackmailable. All of them Kennedy kiss-ups. A cesspool.
I believe Pope Benedict XVI already began to put a great emphasis on cleaning up this serious problem, and many of the large number of Bishop replacements he made in the USA and around the world during his tenure reflected that.
It seems he put an exclamation point on those efforts by making Cardinal O'Brien step down right before the conclave.
(By the way, your tagline "Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas" is interesting, and was coined by someone who is certainly not a "Two-Book Tommy" either.) :-)
Precisely, and to the American Cardinals as well.
I might add, until the American Cardinals become less politically correct and finally start denying Holy Communion to the pro-abortion Catholics like Pelosi, Biden and outspoken notable others, none of them are worthy to fill the shoes of Saint Peter either.