Lots of people die in violence all the time right around the world. None of us are non-expendable, least of all Jesus, who was purposely sent to be expendable on our behalf, the innocent for the guilty, so that He might have the right in his own justice to forgive those who in their pride think that they are so non-expendable.
Archbishop Viganò does not think he is non-expendable. He’s put himself at some risk by being a whistle blower. His going into hiding in his retirement is merely being prudent. That prudence was also the modus operandi of Saint Thomas More who said that God gave us the wits to get ourselves out of danger if that was at all possible. Chop!
In a recent post – My request to Archbishop Viganò: Your help is needed; I’m depending on you – I said I would like to have a chat with his Excellency about some matters in which he could assist in a more expansive way to bring this crisis full circle. There might be some progress in setting up a face to face in the works. We’ll see.
Meanwhile, various other responses also came in, one of which was particularly baiting, particularly ironic ever so typical of counterintel mind game idiocy, replete with an insurance policy, a threat of violence in the mode of “If you do this, then this will happen”:
“Father Byers, +Vigano’s life is in danger. People could follow you to him. Pardon me, but I don’t think your request is prudent with respect to +Vigano.
You say: “But that’s not enough. This isn’t about Archbishop Viganò being vindicated. It’s about solving the problem, right? So, let’s just say it:”
But you have not said about what THE problem is that you mention. Is the problem the homosexual cabal that has taken over the highest positions in the Vatican?…that +Vigano is so very clear about? If so, they are absolutely ruthless. I hope you think it is worth it to put +Vigano’s life in even more danger.
In other words, bringing the whole crisis full circle isn’t wanted. It’s as much to say to me:
“Don’t you dare bring do anything at all to help bring this crisis full circle! Should you dare to meet with Viganò with your intention to be assisted by him in doing your little part to help bring this crisis to a conclusion, he will be killed, and you can go ahead and feel guilty about it. Your guilt about his demise is our insurance policy making sure nothing of what you intend will go forward, because we know you’re too nice to put someone else at risk. And you’re already guilty for being stupid, you stupid priest!”
So, in playing on my genetically Judeo-Catholic guilt – I ask – what or who is this person wanting to protect? That’s my question. Yep.
Here’s the deal: the Archbishop just wants to do the right thing at whatever cost to himself. I just want to do the right thing, at whatever cost to myself. Look: isn’t that true for all of us? So, like, what’s the big deal? No heroes here. Jesus is the One, the only One. We just do what we have to do, as Jesus says, right? All of us who follow Jesus, right? The angels set up what we are to do if we are to do it. So, I don’t get the drama here. Who cares what happens to us in this sorry post-original sin world of darkness. Killed? Big deal! My concern is eternal life and getting other people there. Who cares about death if we have a love stronger than death?
Having said all that, I’ll add that if I really don’t want to be followed – not that I ever bothered – then it just wouldn’t happen. I’m not at Jack Reacher’s level – but… Hey! – I’m willing to learn from him, and I do think I know something about situational awareness. For humor and instruction:
Let’s play a game! No bad language. No sex scenes. No blood letting. It’s just 1’43”. No, really, watch the video, and then answer the following questions. Don’t peek at them! It’s fun!
- Did you notice from where you are watching at .05′ and other equipment and your environmental surroundings?
- Did you see that same black SUV (note the environmental surroundings) with Jack using the eyes in back of his head at .09′ and the peripheral vision following that?
- Did you see at .32′ the direct eye contact with those following using the waitress as cover?
- Did you see at .39′ that he’s just thought of how to use the salt shaker as a tool for attack. That’s obvious. But, did you also see how he’s using the shiny surface of its cap as a mirror by which to keep track of those having inordinate interest?
- Did you hear what he said at 1.31′, that is, as something normal for him to say, that he believes this can happen to him without him being paranoid in the least, just being someone with great situational awareness?
- Did you get the address of “The Farm”?
To the baiter: If you answered “No” to any one of those questions you have no business being in the business you’re in. You have no idea. And… and… have you prayed about this? This may be more serious than your little games. And if you’re not a baiter, but are just in reaction mode, in nervous mode, keep calm amidst the chaos and praise the Lord.
Anyway, how did the rest of you do? ;-)