Monday, August 25, 2014

Don't Shot the Messenger

Rorate Caeli

Here is the joke:

When people, be they clerics or laymen, do things that are reprehensible society will take sides most prudent to their own sensibilities. (Be they good or bad)

Case in point:

Rorate Caeli is constantly blamed for posting things of a controversial nature.  Many claim that such posts are only divisive, leading to scandal and disregarding the virtue of prudence in their publishing efforts.  Now, to be sure, Rorate has been guilty of posting things that might have been done imprudently, but if we are being honest they have been dead on time and time again with their posts, even the ones that are controversial in nature (consider the "mean spirited" "The Horror" post after Francis P.P. was elevated, was it really that off?)

In relation to the above photo, I have seen commentary elsewhere that rather than calling for charitable correction and prayers for these poor folks and this priest, instead blame Rorate Caeli for making this disaster know.  The excuses for it are mind boggling. Some say that Rorate Caeli only wants to cause trouble and that at least these kids are at mass, so a positive exists.

It is this minimalist attitude, this modern mentality that people need to be handled with kids gloves throughout their life that permeates everything!  Everyone demands mercy, they are glad to see Easter Sunday make its way around, but if Good Friday is mentioned those with the most to lose appeal to petty notions to excuse the inexcusable.  What does this say to the men in this photo?  Sure they may be present and graces might be had, but are they disposed to recieve them?  Im not judging but seriously?

We all want to yell and scream at everyone else and demand they change their ways.  Is it more prudent to keep such things under wrap, or to expose them?  This is a gray area.  We can agree that the sex abuse coverage has been overblown, but frankly we can be grateful that the media made it known.

If you have a disagreement with someone then take Matthew 15: 18 into account and directly address the "offender". But be willing to hear them out...

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