Reports of a homosexual network of corruption at the Vatican have grabbed the headlines this week. The first thing to remember is that the Church has never been without her own internal power struggles, as high-ranking officials (with or without holiness) seek to gain traction for themselves or the policies they deem important [. . .]
When I heard about this story breaking in some Italian rag, I thought: "Yea. And?"
Now, I know that not all Catholics are as world-weary/jaded as I am when it comes to the foibles of human nature. I've been accused of being "too much with St. Augustine" on this issue.
But seriously, the Enemy would be downright stupid not to attack the Vatican. And we would be dangerously naive to think that the men who serve the Church in the Vatican are free from the kinds of temptations and sins that the rest of us suffer with.
I remember reading something about the Sons of Zebedee and their Mama jockeying with Jesus for position in the Kingdom.
I remember reading something about two saints--Peter and Paul--slamming one another over the question of who gets to be saved and how.
I remember reading something about all of Jesus' best friends freaking out when he got arrested and running like rabbits to hide.
I remember reading something about Peter the Rock denying Christ three times in one night.
And so on. . .
The moral genius of Catholicism is that we can fail over and over again to live up to the ideals of the gospel. . .and it never occurs to us to lower those standards so that our failures earn us cheap blue ribbons for good conduct. We repent, receive God's mercy, and get on with doing what we promised to do.
To quote a comment I made in the combox below: "No rational person expects any human institution to be angelic."
That the Church still stands is a testament to the Holy Spirit's protection!______________
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