This past week, the Holy Father and Bishops showed an amazing hubris and lack of humility – more so than almost any other time in the previous years.
To explain and justify his actions, the Holy Father cited the great example of Saint Peter “understanding the sickness of his mother in law” and how now he is reaching out and heal his own family’s sickness. If his actions demonstrate his prioriities and core spirituality, then we all must reflect on what has been said – as well as what has not been accomplished.
In fact, both the Holy Father and the Vatican Secretary of State were busy with the administrative acts of running the Holy See: appointing new bishops, appointing new members of the business office, and responding quickly by telephoning the heads of state in Germany and Italy. More importantly, here is what we did NOT see the Holy Father or Bishops do:
* The Pope chose not to telephone the U.S. Attorney regarding the investigation the Cardinal Archbishop of Los Angeles on his handling of hundreds of alleged priests sexual abusing thousands of children in his dioceses of Fresno, Stockton, and Los Angeles.
* The Pope chose not to respond to the Bishop of Brooklyn announcing plenary indulgences are now again for sale.
The choices and ommissions by the Pope, the Roman Curia, and the 3,300 Bishops around the world plainly define their priorities. The people and groups they chose NOT to reach out to and heal are a sign that the exegesis of the story of Saint Peter and internalization of his spirit are not occuring in the current succesors to the Apostles.