Ed. Note: The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea is a Lord-of-the-Flies-sort of novel, written by Yukio Mishima, that combines the former storyline with that of a son spying on his Mother through a peephole, as her romantic relationship with a sailor progresses. It is a book not to my liking (I've never read the novel) nor have I seen the Hollywood movie that sprung from it. The book is only used here as a vehicle from which this post derives its title, with a little artistic license to make it apropos to that which follows.
I've written often of the gilded thrones
Firstly, every priest that has had factual and/or credible evidence of pedophilia (or any variation thereof) should be immediately defrocked, laicized and/or jailed - assuming they have not already passed to their Eternal reward. They have no place among children or performing any type of priestly ministry (I don't care how good and popular "Fr. Mikey-Mike" is). They have been compromised - spiritually, emotionally and psychologically - and forfeit any compassion from me, save prayers for their re-conversion. What they need is long term medical treatment while under some type of incarceration, away from others and far, far away from children, male or female. These individuals (who are certainly not priests according to the order of Melchisedech, though the mark remains upon their Soul) have done more harm to the Catholic Church and most importantly to innocent Souls, as any heresy of the past and they warrant no freedom, ecclesiastical or otherwise, to operate because of that.
"Accessory After the Fact: An accessory after the fact is a person who assists another in escaping or evading arrest after the commission of a crime has taken place. While not part of the original crime, the accessory after the fact may also face criminal charges if they help the other defendants get away." [What Is An Accessory After The Fact, Jose Rivera]
Secondly, a bishop who has had factual knowledge of the actions of sodomite/pedophile priests and yet chose to chess-board them around their diocese rather than do what should have been done in the first place (see above), have become willing participants of and and fully complicit to an illegal action and should immediately resign and/or be forcibly removed from their Diocese. Any Bishop found lacking in due diligence that (although this to me would be incredible to believe) had prevented him from knowing of sodomitical priests under his command, should be removed from office as he has no business being in command of a diocese. Depending on the circumstances, he either needs to be put in jail, or, sent off to isolation as a military chaplain to a front-line combat unit, where his gilded throne will be a sandbag emplacement and his luxury sedan an HMMWVor better still, an APC. He has no business shepherding anything other than combat soldiers where, hopefully, he might regain even a small part of his priestly vocation to actually save Souls (rather than be complicit in losing them) at the same time he is trying to save his own arse.
Thirdly, any Cardinal found with his dots connected to either case above and/or has credible evidence of actual participation in pedophilia himself and/or who has ignored the credible evidence against priests under his command, should immediately resign, lose his Red Hat, be laicized and, if need be, jailed. They have forfeited their exalted position and their priestly vocation. They have forfeited their trust - spiritually and temporally. They have forfeited their throne; their car; their career. But mostly they will have forfeited - like one and two above - their Eternal Soul, if any of them die without Confession and repentance for the Souls they may be complicit in harming.
Too harsh of criticism? Nope. Too judgemental? Nope. Too unforgiving? Nope. To hypocritical (from an Original Sin point of view)? Nope (we all have a Conscience to guide us - or so I thought.)
These people are a cancer to the Catholic Church and all She Teaches. They all to a man need to be excised and replaced, but not before their replacements take the Oath Against Modernism, as all clergy used to do before the revolution of Vatican II stormed the gates of Holy Mother Church.
And yes, pray to God that the excise starts at the top, in whatever manner He ordains. For it is there, with the current and former occupants of the Papal Throne, that this cancer has been allowed to spread unabated - and with much malice aforethought, the severity of which now stares back at us daily.
And our eyes cannot avert themselves as they force our brains to read such disgusting - and heart wrenching - words.
Listen to the Prophet Jeremias speak...and those noted above should remember well his words:
" For from the least of them even to the greatest, all are given to covetousness: and from the prophet even to the priest, all are guilty of deceit. And they healed the breach of the daughter of my people disgracefully, saying: Peace, peace: and there was no peace. They were confounded, because they committed abomination: yea, rather they were not confounded with confusion, and they knew not how to blush: wherefore they shall fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall fall down, saith the Lord."
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