Posted by Bob
The homily at yesterday's Mass centered around this language from the Sunday Missal:"'You cannot serve both God and mammon': the meaning is obvious. If you sever the management of your possession from your religious faith, you will soon be going by a double standard..."
From the pulpit: "No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24
The heart rending exposé that began with Roy, then Doris, followed by Walter and Roland supplemented by the Brouillard confessions and the Ray De Plata interviews suggest that the child sexual abuse exposed within our church so far this year is but the tip of a very large iceberg. It is now abundantly clear that for a long, long time one of the more hazardous undertakings for our youngsters has been to serve as altar boys. Today we know not how many were sexually abused.
Although today we can only estimate how many altar boys were sexually abused, we are now aware of a new form of more subtle abuse visited upon our innocent youngsters. In some of the parishes altar boys were used to distribute Hon's propaganda. Parents have a reasonable expectation that when they allow their boys to serve as altar boys that they will participate in the liturgy of the Mass. The Apostolic Administrator and pastors should respect that expectation. They should not take advantage of the tender years of altar boys for their own ulterior purposes.
Here's the irony. The conflagration in the church that we are now dealing with began because Apuron, et al. used altar boys for their own ulterior purposes. Now in the post-Apuron era we see the use altar boys for the ulterior purposes of the Apostolic Administrator.
Irony or hypocrisy?
Is the ultimate irony that the Apostolic Administrator engages in such hypocrisy as displayed on Sunday?