Monday, 6 March 2017

Mea minima culpa

Just by way of a footnote to my earlier post today on the latest Canberra developments, can I recommend a couple f other opinion pieces.

First Jack Waterford's deadly piece from the Canberra Times and John Menadue's blog.  Here are a couple of extracts:
The major intersection between the child abuse royal commission and the Catholic Church went into act four over the past week. The drama, plot and moral of the miracle play would be much enhanced if scene one, rather than scene four, of act five began with the resignations of each of Australia’s archbishops, along with that of the nuncio, the archbishop representing the Pope in Australia.  
Each is, no doubt, a splendid person whose services would be much missed. But each represents in a real way the organisational and leadership failures that have brought the Church in Australia to its lowest ebb. Mass resignation would be a tiny, inadequate but still entirely appropriate act of atonement – a compound Yom Kippur – for both the personal failings of most of the archbishops, representing Australia’s capital cities, and for the institutional failings of the offices they hold and their predecessors....
No doubt, the creation of some episcopal vacancies would be a bitter blow to the hundreds of thousands – once millions – of Catholic parishioners who would be suddenly deprived of their archbishops’ spiritual guidance, zest for the good life and penchant for travel at the front end of jet aircraft... 
 I come from within the bosom of the Catholic Church and, from 56 years ago, was a regular altar boy, proficient in my Latin responses (which I understood) to the priest’s words. The early part of the Mass included the confiteor, or confession, and, within it, the server would say “peccavi nimis cogitatione, verbo et opere: mea culpa” (here, one theatrically struck one’s tum), “mea culpa” (strike breast again), “mea maxima culpa” (strike breast again): I have sinned exceedingly, in thought, word and deed: through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault.
A reading of royal commission transcripts made me wonder whether the modern form is “mea culpa, mea culpa, mea minima culpa“. Penance has not yet been performed.
 And also on John Menadue's blog, a response from Garry Eastman, who points out that there are now no abuse survivors on any of the institutions supposedly dealing with abuse in the Church:
There are now no survivors or parents of survivors on the Commission nor are there any on the Australian Towards Healing or Melbourne Response agencies for handling complaints by victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The same criticism applies to the Truth, the Justice and Healing Council and the newly created company, Catholic Professional Standards Ltd.  
He is also damning about the bishops' refusal to take responsibility in front of the Royal Commission:
For all the heartfelt gestures by bishops appearing at the Royal Commission, nothing of substance has changed. The greatest failure of responsibility was to leave it to Francis Sullivan, the Director of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, to respond in tears to counsel Gail Furness’ listing of the extent of abuse in the Catholic Church. Where was Archbishop Hart, President of the Bishops Conference, offering a response and shedding a tear?
Please do let me know if you have come across any other responses (or written them) to this continuing disaster.

1 comment:

Matthias said...

ArchBishop Hart is all about being political and not pastoral .He duck shoved my accusation of why the Church was paying for the defence of Robert best and that he and other Bishops had not learnt as to why the Reformation and the Counter-Reformaiton occurred ,onto the Christian Brothers Province.But the offences occurred in his Archdioscese. he is 75 he needs to go.. Now