Thursday, July 28, 2005

Magister and Prophet

Look at this headline... I'm putting it in bold:


Wonderful. Fabulous. That alone is sufficient....

Go on, Sandy -- he's on fire this week:
As a decree issued against the founder of a religious order on the basis of accusations going back decades for sexual abuse carried out against his followers, the decree against Fr. Burresi recalls an analogous case, but one of much greater significance. It, too, is being examined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: the case of Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ.

And it is not out of the question that the severity adopted against Fr. Burresi is the prelude to similarly rigorous actions against Fr. Maciel.
Score 18 for CDF. And there's still more:
What is certain is that the preliminary investigation in the Maciel case has moved forward since the pseudo-denial of May 20, with the accumulation of more testimonies and documents. And it is on the basis of this investigation that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – not the secretariat of state – will make its decision on the canonical process against the founder of the Legionaries of Christ.

The Burresi case teaches a lesson. It seemed to have been definitively filed away after the favorable sentence handed down on May 10, 2002. But it was reopened, and a much more severe conclusion was reached – with the presiding judge being Ratzinger, who has since become pope.
Score another 12 for CDF... Don't even ask about State.



Blogger Jeff said...

This seems like a just outcome and exactly what is needed in the circumstances. I am fond of the Legionaries in many ways and hope that their founder is innocent. But I sure don't want him given special treatment. The Church can't afford it; and the interests of the Church trump any evanescent and parochial interests of a religious order.

28/7/05 16:31  
Blogger Vonshui said...

Once the hanging is announced, I'll be on the first Alitalia bound to the ceremonies.

28/7/05 17:46  
Blogger pazdziernik said...

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28/7/05 20:19  
Blogger pazdziernik said...


When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!"

All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!"

Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. (Matthew 27: 24-26 (NIV))

28/7/05 20:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is necessary that they check and check hard. The time has come to be more careful about whom we beatify.

28/7/05 20:53  
Blogger Jeff said...


I chuckled and chuckled at your mention of the comment about Levada and Pilate. This is the kind of comment you've been dying to get for some time, I guess! Though you may regret it if they start plastering themselves all over like barnacles.

28/7/05 22:44  
Blogger rascalities said...

michigancatholic writes: "The time has come to be more careful about whom we beatify."

That "time" has always been there; this is not (or should not be) some recent development.


29/7/05 03:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed, Richard. But we haven't been so careful at times.

30/7/05 14:02  
Blogger rascalities said...

michigancatholic writes: "The time has come to be more careful about whom we beatify."

That "time" has always been there; this is not some recent development.


26/8/05 21:57  

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