I am coming to you from a make shift studio in NEPA. I am a cradle Catholic. It was about 10 years ago when I began my way back to the Church. I am not a theologian, a reporter or a radio guy. I am just an average Catholic trying to make sense of this mess. Each week I will attempt to have open and honest discussion about the “goings on” in the Church.
Twice in two different dioceses my sons were put in direct contact with priests who had abused children. The McCarrick revelation and the release of the Pa Grand Jury report make me ANGRY and there needs to be an outlet to discuss the issues in my diocese in a public format. I have spoken with many different people about the current situation in the Church, and I found people either didn’t know about, didn’t care or thought that the abuse scandal was from long ago.
I have seen nothing so far to make me believe that most of the bishops are taking this situation seriously enough. Our bishop sent a DVD to each parish about the scandal. The presentation was so offensive, filled with “Bishop Speak” and sounded like it was written by an overpaid PR firm. My family and I literally got up and walked out a third of the way through the DVD presentation. I was pissed that our bishop tried to protect himself and said nothing about his involvement in the scandal. He can behave this way because he thinks he can. He thinks that there is no one to hold him accountable for his actions. If the laity continue to go to Mass, stay quiet and send money to him, why would he have any reason to think otherwise.
I no longer trust that our bishops will protect their flock. I strongly feel that it is the Bishops of the United States’ responsibility to come clean and be truthful if there is any hope of regaining that trust with the laity. I have seen nothing to date that would make me believe that they are serious about being truthful with us. Leaders in the Church that are not truthful and forthright should not be allowed to continue to stay in their positions. We cannot wait for our bishops to wait out the storm. We need to demand that they right the ship.
I can’t even begin to express adequately how shocked I am at the level of deep corruption and depravity that exists in our hierarchy. It is this information that I will be discussing on the show. Join the effort by speaking up and having conversations about the issues. E-mail me at mail@TheAngryCatholic.com and send me your thoughts and suggestions.