The Catholic Church is suffering a serious, serious crisis. Not just because several bishops have proven themselves feckless cowards who cover up for sexual predators, but also because the clerics have lost their ability to condemn objective evil.
The latest example of this abomination was provided by none other than Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins, who cautioned believers not to castigate sexual predators like former D.C. Cardinal McCarrick as “monsters.”
“There’s a tendency, and I don’t think it’s a helpful tendency in this kind of situation, to turn the perpetrators into monsters,” Jenkins recently told Crux in an interview.
Cardinal McCarrick is alleged to have sexually abused minors as well as seminarians who were under his care in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey. He went on to become one of the most powerful cardinals in the United States, one who persistently abused his authority to push left-wing causes. At one point, he concealed a letter from Cardinal Ratzinger that forbade prelates from giving Holy Communion to pro-abort politicians. While the grace of God is always there for Cardinal McCarrick until he passes from this earth, the man simply lived a monstrous life and leaves a monstrous legacy. To say otherwise is contrary to truth and justice.
Father Jenkins, a priest that worships a man who said “your father is the devil” to corrupt prelates in his day, asserts that characterizing McCarrick as a “monster” is “deeply problematic.”
“[The tendency is] just to imagine that they are thoroughly corrupt people, but the problem is that it’s not true,” Jenkins said. “It’s a part of their lives that is deeply problematic, but another part that is not. And that’s why it’s so hard to identify the problem, and sometimes, that person doesn’t seem to see the problem.”