Friday, July 7, 2017

"Summer of Hell" For Some Commuters But Also For Those Who Love the Church

The phrase "Summer of Hell" has been coined to describe delays, derailments, inconveniences and chaos caused by unreliable transit in NYC. But it also describes what will take place this summer as Penn Station in NYC will reduce the number of trains to repair old tracks, causing commuters to take alternate routes and causing stress for people just trying to get to work. Sad.
I started thinking about that phrase-"Summer of Hell," while reading a scandalous report on AOL today about a supposedly lurid news report coming out of Vatican City. I can't even get into the details, it would be too upsetting.
First there was the recent accusations against George Cardinal Pell. He was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of children. Of course, he is innocent until proven guilty, but considering his high position in the Church, it's terrible news. The Church in Australia has suffered enough.
Now this damaging report from the Italian newspaper, il Fatto Quotidiano, which claims a top priest was arrested, on drug charges. And that's only part of it.
I feel sorry for Pope Francis. I don't know what he can do. I'm not sure what the Cardinals can do. But someone is going to have to stand before God and give an account.
This hurts the Church. It hurts the people who love the Church, like me. It hurts all the good, honest, holy priests. I know so many of them, admire them, they work hard and do the right thing.
But this One, Holy, Apostolic Catholic Church needs to be purified. Someone is going to have to give an account before God.
NJA