- Jan 15, 2021
Clericalism and anti-clericalism are two sides of the same prejudicial coin, and both are toxic in getting to the truth.
“It reveals how sclerotic and dysfunctional the system was,” Bishop Robert Barron said. “Again and again, I was struck by the wickedness of McCarrick himself, but also by the tragic incompetence of so many who were charged with investigating, following up, asking serious questions, etc.”
When the papal nuncio to the United States was asked to investigate rumors about Theodore E. McCarrick’s sexual activities, he consulted the bishops who had lived in close contact with, or lived in close quarters with the archbishop, on the theory that they would be the people most likely to hear or know something of substance.
Father Boniface Ramsey, who first raised concerns about the conduct of ex-cardinal and priest Theodore McCarrick in the 1980s, says he believes he is finally seeing justice in a lengthy report detailing how his former boss was able to climb the ecclesial ladder despite rumors of sexual misconduct.
Seven women who “applied” for ecclesial jobs traditionally open to men last month have since become icons for the different faces of the Catholic “feminist” movement, illustrating that there is no singular vision for how to achieve the more welcoming and inclusive Church they envision.