In Dublin, there is scheduled a World Meeting of Families, later this month.
Is this a good idea right now?
Given what is going on, is an autumn Synod on Young People (where homosexual stuff is sure to be soft-peddled according to a pre-conceived plan) a good idea?
At The Catholic Thing, Robert Royal wrote:
The Dublin meeting is taking place at a time when the Church is heading into yet another dark time. The scandal reaches to the highest levels of the Vatican. Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, a member of the pope’s own council of nine cardinals, may – like McCarrick – have to resign as secular authorities pursue him for cover-up of abuse. A Chilean commission is threatening to rescind the citizenship of his successor, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, an Italian who received Chilean citizenship a decade ago. [Farrell is scheduled to speak at the Dublin meeting!]
And all this is just the barest beginning of what inevitably will be a wave of charges and investigations in many places, including the Vatican, now that the process has really started.
It won’t happen, but the Church would do well to cancel the Dublin gathering and instead lead a two-day procession of public penitence for what has happened, in Ireland as well. And make it an annual thing. And while we’re at it, instead of discussing LGBTs and varied “forms of families” in Dublin and at the upcoming Synod on Youth in October, the Church should put such matters on hold, and clean up it’s own house first.