It seems as though it just will not end. As I write this, the news in Catholic Circles is that the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States (Ambassador from the Holy See to the U.S.) has brought forth information citing that Pope Francis knew about allegations of misconduct against then-Cardinal McCarrick as early as 2013. This hasn’t yet been widely picked up by the secular press. It seems as though the allegations of misconduct and coverup just won’t subside. It is enough to make one move from discouragement to despair.
It is important to remember, in all of this, that the men involved in these allegations are just that, men. They are not the Church, but have been called by Christ to serve the Church. Throughout history there have been many examples of the sinfulness, great and small, of the Church’s ministers and leaders. And yet the Church endures. Just as Christ remains faithful to his bride, the Church, in the midst of the sins of individuals, we, the Church, are called to remain faithful to Christ. We might find some consolation in the words of St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians: “Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be firm, steadfast, and always devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord, your work is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:58).
Let us not forget, too, to continue to pray for any victims of abuse or of any cover-up, many of whom might find the constant barrage of information difficult. If you have experienced, or if you know anyone who has experienced any kind of abuse in the Church, please contact the Archdiocese’s Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach (OPSO). Information can be found at www.bostoncatholic.org or by calling Vivian Soper at 617-746-5995.