Saturday evening, Ali and I had the privilege to sit on the 2nd row at Vigil Mass. While we were there it was becoming public knowledge that Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano had issued a lengthy written statement that Pope Francis, and other high-ranking officials, knew about McCarrick's crimes, assisted in covering them up, and even enabled him further by lifting the sanctions placed on him by Pope Benedict. If true, Vigano is absolutely right to call for Francis to resign and the others named as well. With such a scandal that will quite literally cause many of the weakly formed to leave the faith why do I say that I had the "privilege"?
Because I got to witness, first hand, the joyful response of "AMEN!!!" at least 150 times, right in front of me, as the Eucharistic Minister said to each parishioner they saw: "The Body of Christ".
It was very appropriate that on this day, the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, that the Gospel reading was John 6:60-69.
The verses preceding this are the lengthy bread-of-life dissertation where Christ tells the multitude no less than 9 times that they must LITERALLY eat his flesh and drink his blood. The passage ends with, perhaps, the most seminal piece of scripture I read during my conversion process:
"As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, "Do you also want to leave?" Simon Peter answered him, "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God." - John 6:66-69
"..TO WHOM SHALL WE GO?" - Simon Peter
The truth does not change because of the sin of the clergy or the laity. The truth always remains, steadfast, unchanging.
"No one who is rightly minded turns from true belief to false." - Justin Martyr
Peace be with you.