Bishop offers solution to abuse crisis

Pittsburgh was at center of the sex abuse crimes documented in the recent Pennsylvania grand jury report. CRUX reports that its bishop, David A. Zubik, has now proposed a fix for these crimes and their cover-up: “fast and pray for the purification of the Church.”

Pope Francis has gone further, claiming the problem is due to Satan attacking the church. Bishop Zubik quoted Pope Francis: “The penitential dimension of fasting and prayer will help us as God’s people to come before the Lord and our wounded brothers and sisters as sinners imploring forgiveness and the grace of shame and conversion.”

Apparently, in recent decades the clergy of the Catholic Church have been too busy engaging in criminal behavior to meet their quota of prayer and fasting. (Fasting, by the way, is defined as abstaining from meat. They can still fill up on other goodies, not to mention wine.)

In keeping with Pope Francis’ charges against Satan, I suggest an additional measure. The Church should use its army of exorcists to expel Satan and his minions from the Holy Catholic Church. Surely thousands of exorcisms should do the job!

St. Paul told the Corinthians (1 Cor. 10:20f): “I do not want you to be partners with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.” The Church is the body of Christ, and that body cannot include both Christ and Satan. But if that body is now filled with the cancer of Satan, what happened to Christ and the Holy Spirit? Did Christ leave the Church? Did the Holy Spirit ever guide it?

It goes without saying that prayer and fasting do not involve cooperating with legal authorities. In addition, prayer and fasting do not restrict the clergy’s ability to commit pederasty, or motivate their colleagues and superiors to report such criminals to the authorities.


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