A fairly full day ahead today. I need to drop off the laundered linens at the cathedral, specifically put the larger corporal back on the altar. I need to see who arrives early at church to look for new volunteers to add to the communion prep team rotation. For some reason finding people to volunteer for an unseen role that involves getting to church an hour early isn’t all that popular. But those who do, they are some wonderful people to work with.
After church is a wake for the mother of my wife’s best friend. Please pray for us as we look for ways to share the gospel. There is a luncheon afterwards where I hope the family gets along, there’s a deep history of mistrust and animosity.
To God alone be the Glory
Presumption of guilt against Black people is why 4,743 Black Americans were lynched between 1882 and 1968. Presumption of guilt is why 40, 000 women were executed during the witch trials in Europe between the 15th and 18th centuries.
— Read on slowtowrite.com/ghana-and-kavanaugh/amp/
What an unholy mess
There is a lot of digital ink currently bleeding all over the internet regarding this topic. I will only add a little.
In the Old Testament there are multiple examples of men rending their garments (tearing apart their clothes off of their bodies) and then sitting in sackcloth and ashes to mourn a great atrocity. I don’t know what that looks like in the modern era, but it would be nice to see someone, anyone, in the clerical ranks try at least to rise to this level of mourning.
Please do not mistake my intent here. I grieve with the victims and their families. I grieve with the Church catholic (universal). I grieve for the clergy that must make some very difficult and painful decisions. But let us not forget, it was sin that got us here. And sin will always take us places we really don’t want to go. So, with renewed conviction, let us repent and believe the Gospel: Christ came to save sinners!
Some additional thoughts and links:
A Dominican priest and professor of theology offered his thoughts on cleanup. It’s a very practical list of basic principles without pretending it will be easy to implement.
The resignation of a cardinal is no small thing. For covering up years of sexual abuse and flagrant immoral behavior himself. Then there’s this monstrosity, a Florida diocese that was more like a gay sex club. Lord have mercy.
Soli Deo Gloria