A Century of Silence
That is the penance pronounced for the Pope and the Cardinals and Archbishops and Monsignors and Priests. The crimes that have been perpetrated and protected by the authorities of this Church are sins against innocent children; Jesus spoke directly about how dire His displeasure is for those who harm children.Therefore the penance should be something memorable. The entire hierarchy of the Church shall take a vow of silence for the next hundred years; furthermore, the man who is declared the heir of Peter may no longer indulge himself in the delusion that he is infallible, regardless of what hat he wears or which balcony he peers out from. Finally, the vow of celibacy must be renounced as the perversion of nature it is.
Peter may have been the Rock of the Church, but he denied His Lord three times; Jesus had a fine sense of irony. He never would have wanted one of us claiming to speak with Divine Infallibility. There were plenty of disciples that He weren’t going to deny even knowing Him in His hour of need; yet Jesus chose Peter as His Rock anyway. This is one of the reasons why ironic doubt is a pillar of my faith. It makes it easier to appreciate that the man who is occupying an office once held by Julius Caesar is also the heir of St Peter.
This may sound like Catholic bashing. It is not. I was baptized a Catholic. In the Jubilee year I walked into St Peter’s through the Porta Sancta. I have a deep appreciation for the priceless history and cultural value of the Church in addition to the good works it carries out across the world. I would not want the Church destroyed. I would like it reformed, but it is going to take some deep cleaning to scour out the oldest corners where the darkest bits of evil are hiding. A hundred years of silence would do the trick.
*I meant to post this yesterday but I guess it didn’t take.