My friend, Tim, sends powerful comments to my rambles. His military training and his life experiences offer perspectives to be shared. Tim and I grew up on the same block, attended the same schools through high school and cherished our St. Peter’s/Ward High School/Kansas City, Kansas connections.
Tim’s latest comment contains the line, “It amazes me that the subject (sexual abuse of children by the clergy) is almost totally ignored and yet it is far more important than any other in OUR church. The cross hairs make me proud to see the interest level increased, but a few heads must roll to clean the house.”
Another friend, Pat C., writes of her experience teaching middle school. While studying the statistics of Vatican City, a student expressed astonishment over the population of that city, 100% male. Pat questions the health of such a place where only males live, work, converse and make decisions affecting the Catholic Church. In addition, the cardinals and bishops spend their days behind guarded walls, protected from the clear and certain knowledge of the ramifications of the cover-up.
In his Sunday homily, a local Monsignor quotes Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York. In his book To Whom Shall We Go, Dolan writes of our love for our church. One of the lines, “We shall never embarrass her (the church)” does send a shudder to the soul.
The Newsweek cover story of April 12 , page 36, used Gerard David’s 1509 painting titled, ” The Virgin Among Virgins”. To me,it is an ugly depiction of sad women, eyes averted or downcast and all have remarkably similar features. Mary, with Jesus on her lap, is the center focus. Granted the artistic merit is amazing in so many ways, but the sadness overwhelms.
If you have come this far with me, Gentle Reader, you might wonder why I tug at these pieces, attempting to weave a whole cloth.
My tapestry is a search for what brought us to this place. Tim knows the importance of a thorough rooting out of evil, no matter what title covers that evil. Pat C. looks at history and circumstance that narrowed and darkened the pathway to this cover-up. Msgr., quoting a line that admonishes against embarrassing our church, tightens the web. Gerard David’s painting speaks to a strange crown of honor given to virginity. Thread by thread by thread…