2018-09-03 20:48:21 UTC
the current crisis in the Church:
When we read that a cardinal asked young seminarians to sleep with
him, thus corrupting them before they became ordained, and when we
read that a few Pennsylvania priests used sacred objects like the
crucifix to molest their victims, we cannot plausibly say that this is
simply the work of men gone bad. No, it is the work of the devil. What
other source would provoke such monstrosities?
The Apocalypse (12:7-9) speaks of Satan as the one who seduceth the
whole world. Jesus referred to Satan as the Father of Lies who
perverted the truth. The Catholic Catechism says Satans seductive
voice seeks to turn us against God.
If Satan tempted our Lord in the desert, he is surely capable of
tempting the clergy, and sometimes winning. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
put it well when he said, Satan stations more devils on monastery
walls than in dens of iniquity, for the latter offer no resistance.
Demands for accountability matter, but without prayer, this crisis
will not be resolved.