My jaw rarely drops. It dropped when I saw this at thebishopsknew.com:
Silence Stops Now Rally
Tuesday, November 13 MECU Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD
**Subject to change**
Michael Voris (Founder & President, St. Michael’s Media / Church Militant)
James (Theodore McCarrick abuse victim)
Siobhan O’Connor (Buffalo whistleblower featured on 60 Minutes)
Matt Walsh (writer, speaker, author…)
Dr. Alan Keyes (conservative political activist…)
Jesse Romero (author, radio host, evangelist)
Michael Hichborn (founder and president of the Lepanto Institute)
(My color emphasis added. Click HERE for my collection of James links.)
Let’s bring ourselves up-to-date, dear reader.
Click the link and read the whole thing, if you haven’t already. Here’s a brief quote:
In the public remonstrances directed at me I have noted two omissions, two dramatic silences. The first silence regards the plight of the victims. The second regards the underlying reason why there are so many victims, namely, the corrupting influence of homosexuality in the priesthood and in the hierarchy.
As to the first, it is dismaying that, amid all the scandals and indignation, so little thought should be given to those damaged by the sexual predations of those commissioned as ministers of the gospel.
This is not a matter of settling scores or sulking over the vicissitudes of ecclesiastical careers. It is not a matter of politics. It is not a matter of how church historians may evaluate this or that papacy. This is about souls. Many souls have been and are even now imperiled of their eternal salvation. [emphasis added]
…Meanwhile, a whistleblower in the Diocese of Buffalo, NY, has worked with a local journalist to dissect the misinformation campaign that the bishop there had been running. (Her name is in blue on the rally-speaker schedule above.)
Ms. O’Connor appeared on 60 Minutes and CBS This Morning. Her own soaring righteousness brought tears to the eyes of all the decent people listening.
The bishop of Sioux City, Iowa, has been exposed as a fraud. By two earnest, heroically kind parents in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
And: An auxiliary bishop in New York City has fled to the bottomless pit of the Vatican justice system to defend himself from an honest man who condemns the bishop for taking advantage of him when he was a teenager.
And in Boston: Cardinal O’Malley, too, has been exposed as a fraud.
…Okay. Deep breath.
Michael Voris of Church Militant tends, in my book, to overstate his case. But earlier this week, he, too, soared. He promised to convene the faithful to say the rosary for our American bishops. He begged the bishops to cross the defensive line they maintain for themselves (as the tinpot celebrities they consider themselves to be). Voris invited them to come and thank the people praying for them.
I pray for our bishops, and I will pray for them during their meeting in Baltimore. Meanwhile, I thank God for all the people Michael Voris will gather to pray in Baltimore during the meeting.
I want to be counted among those people.
Don’t forget my handy compendium of blog-post links, if you want to review the course of events so far.