There is a great deal of righteous anger in the Church and society in general about the unveiling of the sex abuse scandal in the Church.
Committed Catholics, both clergy and laity, should acknowledge the anger which is righteous but pray that it does not turn into rage that destroys others or ourselves, especially the gift of Faith God has given us.
But the sober reality is that anger and rage is turning into vengeance, getting even and promoting an anti-Christ, anti-Church, anti-Clerical mentality. By anti-clerical, I mean hatred for the clergy, be they good, bad or indifferent, pope, bishop or priest/deacon.
This opens the door to opportunism. The liberal heterodox in the Church can promote their version of renewal which is in fact heterodoxy and a source of the melt-down we have experienced this past year. However, the perverted can hide behind the facade of traditionalism and conservatism to wreck havoc as will.
Quite frankly, the high pedestal that priests and men and women religious were placed upon prior to Vatican II was exaggerated and made them into "gods" who knew it all and the laity into children who were in awe and wonder of their clergy and religious. In the post-Vatican II environment of liberation from all discipline associated with the pre-Vatican II clergy and religious, monsters took advantage of their status and an unsuspecting laity, especially the more smitten and passive, were abused in many ways.
But there is a more dangerous opportunism. It is the political opportunism that we see playing out in secular countries of Europe and now especially in Australia. They use the Achilles tendon of the Church's mismanagement or disinterest in dealing with sexually abusive priests and bishops to neuter the Catholic Church's role in the public square as it touches on many issues, but especially the LGBTQ issues as well as contraception, abortion and euthanasia.
This virulent secularism is going to be like the Roman Empire of the early Church or what communism tried to do to the Church--destroy it.
There is evidence that Cardinal Pell, now a convicted pedophile/felon was prosecuted and convicted with almost no real evidence to support the verdict other than a "he said, he said" scenario.
Are false accusations that led to a conviction done so for political reasons, or for revenge where Pell is the scapegoat for the abuse crisis in Australia.?
Yes, it is hard for me to believe that bishops and priests can abuse a child or take advantage of a child. I would prefer to believe it isn't true. But in many cases it is true unfortunately.
But are we naive about those who bring accusations against someone being truly honest about it?
Everyone, especially those with a political agenda wanted to believe the worst about The Covington Catholic High School kids. But these charges were trumped up as a political ploy against President Trump and his agenda.
Everyone, especially the media wanted to believe the false accusations of the movie star Jussie Smulett. Why? Because he is a victim and victims always tell the truth, except when they aren't a victim and aren't telling the truth.
Why do people make false accusations? For political reasons, for religious reasons, to get even, a mental illness and so on and so on.
When the state gets involved in fomenting a persecution against the Church for political ideologies be prepared to be a martyr or a turn coat.