“We regard the former bishop’s acceptance of this plan of amends as an act of restorative justice. It is also for his own spiritual good.” From The Washington Post: West Virginia’s new bishop Tuesday called for his predecessor, Michael Bransfield, to pay $792,000, apologize to victims and to the diocese, and lose his place in the diocese’s cemetery as part of a restitution package for alleged financial and sexual misconduct that some church experts say is a first for a… Read more
My comment: What His Excellency wrote is good but not enough but more than what our now very politically oriented Church is doing.
It would be good to tell Bishop Bransfield that he is in a state of mortal sin and he should be publicly excommunicated until he publicly repents and makes the restitution that Bishop Brannen is asking.
Bishop Brannen needs to make clear that if the excommunication is not lifted because of Bransfield’s intransigence, he risks the fires of hell, eternal damnation the loss of the integral salvation of his soul and eventually of his body.
And you know what? The pope needs to do and say the same thing about that McCarrick character. But I won’t hold my breath.
So much in the Church’s development of doctrine ideology and drivel today fails to uphold the primary purpose and pastoral ministry of the clergy, bishops, priests and deacons. What is that? It is NOT about saving the planet as important as that is and is actually within the domain of the laity, but the salvation of souls.
Instead of telling the laity how to save the planet, tell them if they don’t they will go to hell. Let them figure out how to do it.
The pope should not tell nations to get rid of nuclear weapons or power plants but to tell them to find ways to secure them, keep them out of the hands of terrorists and rogue nations and if the don’t they risk the fires of hell.
And the Church needs to emphasize soteriology and eschatology, meaning, the world will end and this will usher in the Second Coming and Last Judgement and no amount of integral ecology will prevent the final consummation of the earth and our general judgment with heaven or hell looming for our resurrected bodies from the dust heap of this final consummation!
If the clergy don’t repent publicly of their public mortal sins, they will go to hell too. This applies to enabling bishops for the past 100 years who did nothing to ameliorate the sex abuse scandal of supposed celibate men under their charge.
A little fire and brimstone these days will go a long way.