This is an editorial comment on the article: ‘Pope’s bishop-defence shows he doesn’t get it’ by Michael McVeigh in La Croix posted in CCV on Jan.28 by Isaac Gomes.
SEX: boon or bane? It’s both – all depends on use and abuse of all good things in life! For believers in a creator God in Paradise lost, they often wonder how God who found all things he created good, except when he created Man and said: “It is not good for man to be alone” and created a woman. Was woman then an after-thought in God’s mind? Humanly speaking: It looks like it!
Only after creating a woman God could say: “Increase and multiply!” Does it then mean that the only group of people who took it seriously is our Muslim brothers and sisters? The compelling reason one quack has advanced is, because ‘they visualize their heaven to be in the company of a harem and their ecstasy there comparable only to ‘orgasm’ on earth.” Think also of the Old Testament part of the Bible where God blesses his chosen ones with many wives on one extreme and on the other, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah’ with fire and brimstone for the sins of sexual perversion.
As though to put a check on all thIs Francis said on his visit to Philippines that couples are not to produce like rabbits. It is for readers to reconcile this conflicting growth in number of humans (population explosion) — created in ‘God’s unfailing wisdom to multiply’ – to our own day and age when the cry is for population control! Life lived is not what one likes to visualize it according to human reasoning. Think also of Pamplanil’ article: “Omerta” published in CCV day before yesterday.
Pope’s stumbling stone?
What prompted the above strain of thoughts is the article in La Croix, hinting that even for a Pope Francis this ‘Sex issue’ is becoming a stumbling stone to continue his journey as the most popular moral leader in today’s world. No wonder even Jesus fell thrice under the weight of the cross on his road to Calvary. Then why can’t Francis at least once, if this is a fall?
The article points out Francis was insisting for clear evidence to take any action against his friend Bishop Juan Barros to the Diocese of Osorno for covering up crimes of Fr. Fernando Karadima, who was convicted of abuse by a Vatican tribunal in 2011.The Pope had retorted to his accusers: “The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I'll speak. There is not one shred of proof against him. It's all calumny. Is that clear?”
Victim’s testimony no proof?
And one of the victims of abuse, Juan Carlos Cruz, tweeted in retort: “As If I could have taken a selfie or photo while Karadima abused me and others and Juan Barros stood by watching it all …” He did it apparently because Francis did not meet any of the victims of abuse which he usually does, but didn’t during his this visit to Chile for which Francis issued an apology. Critics however termed this failure a 'slap in the face' to victims, while Francis continued to defend Barros as if the testimony of victims is not enough evidence.
It only shows that in this age of internet and instant response through tweet, those in authority have to answer questions both not only quickly and fearlessly but also, have to be doubly cautious of every word they utter on delicate issues, if they are not to get a ‘slap back on their own face’.
Hence the article rightly concludes: “We Catholics cannot choose who leads us, but we all choose who we follow,” that is, only the ones – Pope or prostitute — who responds quickly, logically, reasonably and convincingly. In short a clear verdict on the use and abuse of SEX (boon and bane) seems to have become the one testing stone (litmus test) for the CREDIBILITY and the very survival of the Catholic Church in today’s world.