Skip to comments.The Judas Complex
Posted on 12/02/2019 9:48:03 AM PST by ebb tide
Boston College philosopher Peter Kreeft has observed that Judas was the first Catholic Bishop to accept a government grant. One wonders, did that comment give our bishops pause to reflect, or did it just make them mad?
Dr. Kreeft has a point. Thirty years ago, Fr. Malichi Martin described what he called The Judas Complex. He used the term in his analysis of the Catholic hierarchy at the time. While the ultimate result of Judas choice was betrayal and treachery, his specific sin was compromise, Martin wrote in The Keys to This Blood.
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How many ways can a bishop compromise? Lets start with that government grant, Judas betrayal of Christ for 30 pieces of silver from the Temple bureaucracy. The burning scene from The Passion of the Christ depicts the total depravity of the man who has given over his soul to Satan, to be sure. But Judas was on good terms with the Jews, says Martin, and was constantly urging Christ to compromise with them. Of course, he had selfish goals: a powerful post in Christs earthly kingdom.
All of us are tempted to compromise with the world, but bishops are Satans special targets. As Raymond Cardinal Burke told this writer years ago, Pray for me: The snake strikes at the head. And Professor Kreefts observation resonates with our experience of bishops today. They are desperate for money, with donations tanking for years due to the scandals. Along comes the Congress, showering them with over a billion dollars a year for their NGOs. What have our shepherds given in return, in this munificent compromise?
In 2012, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at the time, put it bluntly. The bishops were some of your greatest supporters, he told President Obama, and they longed to be his cheerleaders if only Obamacare wouldnt fund abortions. Obama supported them in everything else but the life issues, and the feeling was mutual.
President Obama gave U.S. bishops nearly $100 million
for immigration services in 2016 alone
Yes, American bishops oppose abortion, but in terms of time and effort, its clearly not their first priority. In fact, at their recent annual meeting in Baltimore, a third of them voted against describing abortion as their pre-eminent priority. After all, they receive no federal funds to defend life, but they do receive millions in taxpayer funds to support their refugee and immigration operations.
Well, just how pre-eminent is the abortion issue? In Baltimore, bishops were silent regarding the more than 100 Catholic pro-abortion politicians on Capitol Hill, but it was a different story with immigration. A USCCB staff member invited to address the assembly railed against the Trump administrations immigration policies, without mentioning a possible catalyst: that Trump had severely cut the bishops taxpayer funding for their immigration NGOs. Oh dear Obama had been so generous!
Not one bishop objected to the USCCB bureaucrats rant against the most pro-life president in history. Its fair to ask: One thing was certain our bishops certainly werent some of Trumps greatest supporters. And no way were they going to be his cheerleaders.
The greatest single act of malfeasance in high ecclesiastical and ecclesial office has been the tolerance and propagation of confusion about key beliefs among the Catholic rank and file. Martin wrote this scathing criticism 30 years ago. Has anything changed? Today, most bishops have put Humanae Vitae and most of the Churchs magisterial teaching on sexual morality in the deep freeze. They have supported the radical political agenda of the Democrat Party in virtually every sphere taxes, amnesty, sanctuary cities, gun control, the federal budget and more.
Sen. Patrick Leahy: "I've always thought that those bishops
and archbishops who for decades hid pederasts and are
now being protected by the Vatican should be indicted.
For this they have gotten not only money, but forbearance: Seventeen years have passed since the abuse and cover-up scandals broke in 2002. Yet not one bishop has ever been subpoenaed to testify under oath on Capitol Hill about his role in the scandals.
That prospect is a real threat, and our bishops know it. In 2007, when he was told that Pope Benedict had expressed his approval of denying Communion to pro-aborts, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), a Catholic, told a startled reporter, Ive always thought that those bishops and archbishops who for decades hid pederasts and are now being protected by the Vatican should be indicted.
That story in a small Capitol Hill paper undoubtedly made it to every bishops office within hours. And Sen. Leahy is still the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bishops inaction on Canon 915 continues, and the pieces of silver continue to flow. Whats not to like?
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The bishops Judas Complex is not only a pathological condition; it also conforms to the second dictionary definition of complex: a complicated or involved arrangement. And that certainly applies to the web of what has come to be called McCarricks Sodomite Syndicate. Today its beyond debate that certain bishops and their allies have cooperated to perpetuate their power, pursuing what Martin calls a single integral plan to reduce specifically Roman Catholic worship and practice to such a low common denominator that any non-Catholic can participate and not feel in an alien atmosphere.
Martin points out that one cannot easily identify those prelates afflicted with the Judas Complex; in fact, many dont even realize the extent of their compromise, even their betrayal, until it is well under way, or simply too far gone.
Cardinal Burkes comment rings true. The snake is striking hard. Pray for bishops who wont betray Christ and His Church.
the obligation to take care of the “widow, the orphan, and the stranger” is a personal obligation of every Christian not one they can vote for the Govt to take care of for them
HOORAY Fr. Malachi R.I.P. Martin
666 ways to Sunday ALERT!
Got my new tagline.
: ) Very good. BUMP!
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