Do you receive the Ruth Institute newsletter? This is what you missed this week. Cardinal Farrell’s swipe at all priests really got my goat!
The revelations about wayward Catholic clergy are coming fast and furious these days. It’s time to connect some important dots.
Cardinal Farrell, head of the Vatican’s chief office on the laity, recently stated that priests “have no credibility” to prepare couples for marriage.That sweeping criticism of ALL priests everywhere really got my goat! I’ve worked with wonderful holy priests who’ve offered tremendous help to my husband and me and to many other married couples. I bet you have too. Boy, I was smoking mad when I read that.
Looking closer into Farrell’s background, we find he shared an apartment with Theodore McCarrick, once Cardinal of Washington DC. Pope Francis recently accepted McCarrick’s resignation due to revelations of decades-long abuse of minors and seminarians. The Vatican has “ordered his suspension from any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.”
I wrote this week’s article on July 20, saying, “Gosh, Cardinal Farrell, maybe the priests you know really aren’t qualified to prepare couples for marriage!” Since then, Farrell has denied knowledge of McCarrick’s penchant for sexually harassing seminarians, even though it was an “open secret.”
This story is developing fast. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and my blog. We’ll offer suggestions for dealing with the continuing drama.
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