I remember a time when, back in the day, in my stupid days (not always in the past)… when I just could not for the life of me figure out the motive for the personal apologies of Pope John Paul II for that which the Catholic Church was accused of doing even though – if something bad and evil was done – it was not done by “the Catholic Church” but only by this or that individual, or – yes – whatever idiot group of individuals, even across centuries of self-absorbed individuals. But not by “the Catholic Church.” That kind of generalizing prejudice would be filthy tender snowflake entitled-to-kill-everyone prejudice: one person does something wrong and all 1.3 billion people are held to be guilty. That’s what the FBI in cahoots with the Southern Poverty Law Center does. And not only them:
- “You damn priests are all anti-Semites!” (I’m Jewish by the way.)
- “You damn priests are all pedophiles!” (Especially when it comes to one person accusing an entire class of perversion with bitter hatred, I have to wonder what that accuser has been up to.)
- “You damn priests ________________________!” (Fill in the blank.)
Saint Pope John Paul II exclaims many times:
“I apologize, as the Pope, for such filthy sin. I’m sorry.”
When such apologizing was coming forth from the See of Peter, the filthy liberals rejoiced (“Yay!”) and the ultra-tradition-al-ism-ists condemned the now canonized Pope:
“Damn him for personally apologizing for something he didn’t do. Damn him for apologizing for stuff some individuals did even centuries ago. What is he doing? It doesn’t make sense. The whole Church and the world is going to hell and he’s pushing them all down more quickly.”
But, here’s the deal, you’ll notice that in none of this condemnation for apologizing did anyone ever refer to Immaculate Mary’s dear Son, Jesus, who took upon Himself the sins of the world, holding himself to be personally guilty before His heavenly Father for all of our sin, yes, even filthy prejudice, even filthy perversion, fill in the blank. Jesus stood in our place, the innocent for the guilty.
As the Master, so the disciple. Get it? This isn’t hard.
Let’s do a test, with you filling in the blank:
“People hate priests so much because ________________________________.”
Then, when people show their worst in all their tender snowflake entitlement to hate and smash down in prejudice an entire classes of people, showing what sin they themselves are capable of, then maybe they’ll see the truth. For the centurion on Calvary, it was only after he had smashed his sword into the heart of Jesus that he then exclaimed, “Truly this was the Son of God.”