“Hatred of wickedness actually belongs to the virtue of charity.” – St. Thomas Aquinas
After decades worth Catholic bishops either too cowardly or secretly complicity in the homosexual rape and abuse scandal the wracked the Church worldwide, the pendulum is ever-so slowly starting to swing the other way.
In a letter to the faithful via the diocesan newspaper The Catholic Herald, Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin, has fired a broadside aimed directly at the hierarchy of the Catholic Church here in the United States.
And in His Excellency’s “letter to the faithful,” Bp Morlino has the guts to call out “sexual sins by bishops, priests, and even cardinals.”
The bishop even went as far as to cite the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report as well as name Archbishop Theodore McCarrick who Bp Morlino cites as the person responsible for the “McCarrick affair”.
The same Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report specifically notes of well over 300 “predator priests” as well as more than 1,000 victims, as reported by NBC News.
As His Excellency noted in his open letter to the Catholics of his diocese;
These actions, committed by more than a few, can only be classified as evil, evil that cries out for justice and sin that must be cast out from our Church.
Faced with stories of the depravity of sinners within the Church, I have been tempted to despair. And why? The reality of sin — even sin in the Church — is nothing new. We are a Church made of sinners, but we are sinners called to sanctity. So what is new?
What is new is the seeming acceptance of sin by some in the Church, and the apparent efforts to cover over sin by them and others. Unless and until we take seriously our call to sanctity, we, as an institution and as individuals, will continue to suffer the “wages of sin.”
At the heart of the matter of Bp Morlino’s open letter is the convergence of Catholic priests and homosexuality.
As he also penned;
“We’re also talking about homosexual propositions and abuses against seminarians and young priests by powerful priests, bishops, and cardinals. We are talking about acts and actions which are not only in violation of the sacred promises made by some, in short, sacrilege, but also are in violation of the natural moral law for all.
To call it anything else would be deceitful and would only ignore the problem further. These actions, committed by more than a few, can only be classified as evil, evil that cries out for justice and sin that must be cast out from our Church.”
In what many may consider the bishop’s most controversial statement in his open letter, he brings up the question of those seeking to further water-down the Catholic teachings regarding both the homosexual inclination as well as engaging in the homosexual act itself;
“If you’ll permit me, what the Church needs now is more hatred! As I have said previously, St. Thomas Aquinas said that hatred of wickedness actually belongs to the virtue of charity. As the Book of Proverbs says “My mouth shall meditate truth, and my lips shall hate wickedness (Prov. 8:7).” It is an act of love to hate sin and to call others to turn away from sin.
There must be no room left, no refuge for sin — either within our own lives, or within the lives of our communities. To be a refuge for sinners (which we should be), the Church must be a place where sinners can turn to be reconciled. In this I speak of all sin. But to be clear, in the specific situations at hand, we are talking about deviant sexual — almost exclusively homosexual — acts by clerics. We’re also talking about homosexual propositions and abuses against seminarians and young priests by powerful priests, bishops, and cardinals. We are talking about acts and actions which are not only in violation of the sacred promises made by some, in short, sacrilege, but also are in violation of the natural moral law for all.”
It is time to admit that there is a homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord. The Church’s teaching is clear that the homosexual inclination is not in itself sinful, but it is intrinsically disordered in a way that renders any man stably afflicted by it unfit to be a priest. And the decision to act upon this disordered inclination is a sin so grave that it cries out to heaven for vengeance, especially when it involves preying upon the young or the vulnerable. Such wickedness should be hated with a perfect hatred.
Christian charity itself demands that we should hate wickedness just as we love goodness. But while hating the sin, we must never hate the sinner, who is called to conversion, penance, and renewed communion with Christ and His Church, through His inexhaustible mercy.”
In what seems like music to many traditionally-minded Catholics, Bp Morlino hammered Catholic clerics who seek worldly acceptance by constantly preach of some all-encompassing notion of warm-and-fuzzy “luv” while purposefully ignoring the reality of sin;
“For too long we have diminished the reality of sin — we have refused to call a sin a sin — and we have excused sin in the name of a mistaken notion of mercy. In our efforts to be open to the world we have become all too willing to abandon the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In order to avoid causing offense we offer to ourselves and to others niceties and human consolation.
Why do we do this? Is it out of an earnest desire to display a misguided sense of being “pastoral?” Have we covered over the truth out of fear? Are we afraid of being disliked by people in this world? Or are we afraid of being called hypocrites because we are not striving tirelessly for holiness in our own lives?”
Now that Bishop Morlino is a lone voice crying out in the wilderness, any chance that the remaining 312 Catholic bishops, archbishops, and cardinals will follow suit?
Call me a pessimist, but don’t hold your breath.
But I haven’t completely given up all hope.