Yippieee! We’re Having A “Season Of Healing”!  Cardinal Wuerl announces 6-week ‘season of healing’


Yippieee! We’re Having A “Season Of Healing”!  Cardinal Wuerl announces 6-week ‘season of healing’

In the wake of the Labor Day event at Little Flower this past Monday, Cardinal Wuerl announced that he was instituting a brand new band-aid for the gaping wound that both he and ex-Cardinal McCarrick caused and allowed to fester in this archdiocese.  It is worth noting that after the meeting on Monday, he didn’t stick around for the picnic; he scooted away quite quickly.  Here is the letter, dated today, that announces this “season of healing”.

Notice the focus of this letter; it’s the same as was the focus of our parish “listening session” (the one that focused on feelings as opposed to opinions).  It’s strictly on the victims.  Certainly it is important to minister to their needs, but that cannot be the sole focus so much that other facets of the mess are pushed from our minds.  I frankly suspect that we are hearing all about the victims precisely because the chancery doesn’t want us to raise other questions or worse (for them), to propose solutions uncomfortable for them.

I am hearing from various sources that a goodly percentage of archdiocesan priests have called for Cardinal Wuerl to resign, owing to his sheltering of McCarrick during his time as Archbishop of Washington.  From the letter I get the impression that he has no intention whatsoever of resigning.  This is one instance where I hope to be proven incorrect.

Anyone in the healing professions will tell you that in order for proper healing to occur, there must be removal of the harmful agent that is causing the distress.  In the Church’s present situation, that means that the removal of errant clergy – both the actual perpetrators and their enablers – must be removed.  They must be removed from their positions of power and they must be laicized.  I can think of three positive effects of such a move.

  1. Their removal will help prevent further abuse from happening.  Some of the situations of which we are learning are rather recent – within the past five or ten years.
  2. Their removal will assure the victims that there still remains in the Church a sense of justice.  That will have healing effects that will far exceed that of any “listening sessions” or “accompaniment”.
  3. The removal will have salutatory effects for the perpetrators themselves.  They will see that their crimes will not go unpunished in this life; perhaps that will cause them to repent and make good confessions before they die and go to their judgments.

As I said, this bogus focus in the victims is a trick to keep us from deliberating about how real healing and justice will happen.  It is designed from contemplating actions of our own since this archdiocesan chancery clearly isn’t going to remove the perpetrators and the homosexualist elements from its midst.  Here are some humble suggestions from me.

  • Obviously prayer and penance must be undertaken by each of us.  That certainly means the daily Rosary and remaining in a state of grace.
  • Discuss this matter among your fellow Catholics.  Many are still quite oblivious to the current state of affairs.  Educate them.  That is one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy.
  • If your priest strays from liturgical rubrics or preaches heresy, call them out on it.  Be respectful, but by no means be demure about it.
  • If your diocese has a problem with pervert clergy and they still retain their positions, cut off all funding to your chanceries.  At the very least, that means boycotting any diocesan collections.  If your diocese assesses parish collections, explore ways to contribute to your parish in ways that don’t benefit the chancery (assuming your parish is orthodox).  Don’t be discouraged by talk of your boycotting hurting other charities; you can always contribute to the charities directly.

Let’s get real.  This situation will most likely get worse before it gets better.  In fact, it is worse than it appears at present; we’ll just have to face the ugly truth.  But sunlight is the best disinfectant.  We simply have to “man up” and “woman up” and deal with it.  The suggestions are, I hope, ways we can bring about real cleansing and healing.  Any other suggestions?

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One comment on “Yippieee! We’re Having A “Season Of Healing”!  Cardinal Wuerl announces 6-week ‘season of healing’


    Is the following account typical of what we might expect in Cardinal Wuerl’s “season of healing”? George Neumayr smoked this out.

    From The Season Of Healing Department – Bathhouse Romper Functioning As Priest In DC

    Seven years ago in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, a Carmelite priest was arrested after he touched the buttocks of an 18-year old man. The perp-priest’s name is Father Emmanuel Betasso (legally Patrick Anthony Betasso). He admitted to doing so for a “cheap thrill”. He was 45 years old at the time and had just been named pastor of a parish – and was teaching a workshop for new pastors. I shudder to think of what that workshop syllabus contained, but I digress. The archbishop revoked his priestly faculties and the Discalced Carmelites suspended him.

    Fast forward to the present. How in the name of heaven is Betasso on a “priest prayer list” for the DC province of the Discalced Carmelites? His name is number 10 in the “October” column. Given his history, how was he deemed fit by the Archdiocese of Washington to be granted faculties here? According to Cardinal Wuerl, all this abuse happened “decades and decades ago”. Newflash! Seven years is NOT “decades and decades ago”. Any adult male who gets a “cheap thrill” out of touching the private areas of anybody is a pervert. For the sake of his own soul, let alone the welfare of potential victims, he should not be in a position of trust that could allow him opportunities for abuse.

    This “season of healing” promises to be quite the trial.

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