In self-defense and in defense of the innocent, cowardice is the only sin.
– Dean Koontz
When I realized that it is God Who sometimes allows our cradles to come crashing down, into the void or whatever feels to us like a dark, bottomless abyss (as we fumble around in the dark trying to catch our breath, disoriented and spinning, feeling like our whole life has been ripped out from underneath us) I also had to realize something else.
I had to realize that the only reason a good God would permit such a thing – that is – permit the cradles we were born into to fail, is for the innocent to realize a greater good. Or else, I had to cease believing that God is good, just, or fair – at all.
Persons abused in early childhood (sometimes by their own parents) must be held safe in Someone Else’s hands all along, for the universe to balance out “right”. They must be held safe (as I feel safe now) for me to maintain my Catholic faith, or for me to continue sleeping peacefully at night.
When I asked God one night why, why I felt so intensely about “these children” and the adults they become, He spoke something to me deeper than my conscious state can remember.
But I caught the tail end of truth as I awoke the next morning, through that Silent Voice, that Gentle Voice of Revelation that has become as intimate as my own thoughts. It said, “It was thrown at you so hard it broke inside your heart.”
I had to think about that for a moment – what was thrown at me – what caused my own cradle to fall, and what caused something inside my heart to break. Hadn’t the plunging cradle drop happened several times already, inside my own heart, so unexpectedly each time I thought I would die upon impact?
I cannot interpret dreams and interior messages infallibly, but I can recognize the truth of their many analogies in retrospect. Some were actual predictions of real life experiences. My heart has indeed been broken, for myself, and for others. I know this to be true.
And although I have experienced sorrow, I have also found joy.
I can’t help wondering, however.
I can’t help wondering, if truth is the opposite of evil, if abused children are really the chosen ones (special souls belonging in a special way to God – God being a God of infinite justice, proportion and balance) are these souls then invited into a deeper degree of intimacy with Him than experienced by most?
I am thinking of the proliferation of bloggers on the Internet with childhood stories to tell more harrowing and horrific than my own, who have carried the weight of the ugliest abuse on their backs like the most gentle beasts of burden. They are trauma survivors who yet never became bitter, but on the contrary, hear God’s voice in the whisper of the wind, music, art, or paths meandering through forest and solitude.
Some find profound theology without any formal education at all.
It is as if truth plants itself sturdy and upright, like trees growing right in the middle of everyone’s life journey. We can never avoid them, even if we try to bypass or plant around them for years, covering up for others simply because it has become force of habit. When we see truth we see it plainly, or not at all.
You were born innocent.
You were never deserving of your parents’ guilt.
Your mother might have never loved you (yes that is true) but I have loved you always.
I Am He Who Is always there.
I love you because through suffering you most resemble My heart, which was also broken by mankind, and I made you therefore – especially Mine.
Whether God speaks to us in such manners diverse during childhood, or when we fall from our cradles as adults, smacking ourselves wide awake on blunt and painful crosses, those with need and desire will awake, listen – and hear.
Knowing God’s penchant for paradox, I believe cradle dropping is actually how hope is reborn, our personal Book of Revelation unpacked.
Can it be for some of the most severely abused that they were already baptized in the waters of their own mother’s womb, as if to pre-cushion the blow? Can it be these were assured of God’s grace and Continual Presence, before they even took their first breath in this dangerous and sometimes heart breaking, yet strangely beautiful world?
Can that be possible?
For many scapegoats and victims of childhood trauma (once they learn to reject the accusatory and blaming voice of the inner critic) the acceptance of deep and difficult truths not only seems to free them. It seems to perfect from within, a disproportionate spiritual insight, empathy and above average emotional intelligence. These survivors are typically driven and spiritually passionate. It is like it is they, not their disordered parents or even those who come from “perfect” Christian families, have a real mission from God.
Tell them I Am always here, and tell them I Am always good.
Tell them I Am a just God, not the accuser, the liar, or one who would cover up crimes against little children.
Innocent children, and children at heart, know these things. God reaches out to them or sends them His own mother. I think of the Marian apparitions at La Salette.
Abused children have become the recipients of such messages divine, and are like brave soldiers that I believe should be recognized for heroic virtue, not ignored, or repeatedly have their “integrity” questioned. Abuse survivors are now leaders ahead of and immune to pack mentality, and seem to rapidly fathom and instantly calculate the inevitable toll of societal indifference whereas others of “correct” and “properly catechized” familial influence often cannot.
Those who have experienced severe suffering act because they know to not act is to fear, and to fail in loving a God Whom they paradoxically see has been so generous to them, where the world has not. They measure and are acutely aware of the Urgency of Things, and are determined to leave no one behind, or ignorant of God’s love.
I remember reading a book on maternal narcissism which said daughters are more often scapegoated by narcissistic mothers than sons. The victims paradoxically have greater degrees of mental health later in life, as compared to the narcissist’s “golden” (praised and spoiled) children.
The researchers who wrote this book determined that this was because the more extreme the false accusations against victims, the more likely scapegoats were able to detect that blame lied in the accuser’s pathology, and not in themselves. These victims therefore were least likely to emulate or perpetuate narcissistic behaviors.
Victims who accepted they could never win their parent’s love, and embraced this grief, not only moved on but often thrived, while maintaining higher degrees of emotional empathy for themselves and others. Those who allowed little or no contact with familial abusers fared the best, but ironically were often the only mentally healthy family members left able to care for aging loved ones.
And why do these complex, follow-up studies make me think of the Catholic Church, the still largely unacknowledged pederasty epidemic, the abused devout, the countless victims, mostly children and many grown survivors, some already writing their own trauma and recovery memoirs?
Well, as I once heard someone (other than my Lord) say: it’s a metaphor, you potato with eyes.
Those abused by a prelate see the obvious first, like the scapegoated daughter of mother church, and see the duty to warn others, perhaps more naive siblings, or the golden children – the “potatoes with eyes”, no matter what the personal cost.
Yes, the situation is really that bad.
For devout Catholics, this truth may hurt at first (indeed it will be scourging) but it will always set one free.
For that is Truth’s nature.
Truth cannot do otherwise.
Someone recently told me the solution to the church’s ills could be solved with one good man, as if that One Good Man had not already been crucified for having had the solution in the first place. My friend (a mere man) did not realize that man simply did not like the solution that Jesus Christ demanded, because man does not come off as the hero.
No, the solution cannot be man, when man himself is the problem, the corruption of the expression of truth, the visible hierarchy and the very mystery of iniquity.
I think it’s funny that when the anti-Christ comes he won’t be a child, or even a woman, and that he will be, well – a man. I think it’s funny because traditionalist reactionaries were acting as if the anti-Christ would suddenly turn out to be Hillary Clinton, and they could just “vote her out”.
So let’s have another conclave.
Let’s elect yet another man and just vote evil out of the church.
No, the solution lies not in yet another sociopathic brute male or holy Saint Gregory the Great, but in the Voice of Truth, and in the Revealing, the Revelation of that Truth. The visible hierarchy of Mother Church has already abused the devout and the trusting, both on the “left” and on the “right”.
Truth is not a reaction, but a Reality and a Revelation.
Let’s say it again.
Truth is not a reaction, but a Reality and a Revelation.
Think of Bishop Timlin, the FSSP’s Saint Gregory’s Academy at Elmhurst, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia’s own Bishop Michael Bransfield, and the innocents whose lives were ruined or are being ruined by these entities. There is no classification “liberal” or “traditional” that makes child abuse, or the shuffling of perpetrators, okay. How many children do we have to sacrifice to this monster before we have our own epiphany?
The mass is in tatters.
Its remnants remain, like shattered victims, on the floor.
Open the door and let them out of My house where (and when) they are being imprisoned.
I will see and feed them.
We should be particularly humble and quiet so that we should not miss hearing This Voice, This Voice of God and Voice of Direction out of the mouths of babes, those children crying in the wilderness. Because I’m afraid, if you’ll pardon the expression, the emperor’s not wearing any clothes.
All of us would do well to take notice of this, regardless of how hideously ugly man can be.
Many bishops in particular are not wearing clothes, literally, as well as figuratively. They are not wearing the rank or office they “appear” to possess, because of their own actions.
Once again, I’m referring to the abomination of pederasty and it’s cover up, not loosely stated (yawn) informal heresy or some minor liturgical (yawn) infraction, or even “allowing” people prelates assume not to be in the state of grace, to receive Holy Communion. I believe these lesser issues circulate to distraction among those who deem themselves elect, to deceive and keep them mentally preoccupied.
And no, it is not a bishop’s personal guilt, sin or culpability but his ACT of child abuse, his ACT of covering up child abuse and perpetuation of child abuse that automatically excommunicates him, whether or not this reality is acknowledged by church officials. Calculate Catholics, for a moment in your mind, what this truth entails.
Invalid bishops cannot ordain valid priests, and non-valid priests cannot transubstantiate the Sacred Species.
A fraudulent church can only produce a foul smelling abomination of desolation, that it still demands we worship and adore, as if hoping we will do these things out of force of blind habit or misunderstanding of required obedience. Remember the stigmatist, Catherine Emmerich’s warning, so many centuries ago?
“There was no office on in (the strange new) Church. But the sanctuary lamps were lit…In the cave below (the sacristy) some people kneaded bread, but nothing came of it; it would not rise”
The teaching that those connected with incest or crimes against children are automatically excommunicated and therefore lose their powers of office is as old as the Didache. Perhaps this is because the early Christians were all too familiar with the connection between pederasty and the occult, as the pagan religions prevalent in those times manifested.
No such loss of office was ever incurred automatically through “lesser” priestly crimes, even those involving actual fornication and murder. The canon declaring pederasty or its promotion ipso facto excommunicates is still in effect, and was re-issued many times, including one hundred years ago, in 1917.
It is as if, in the same year when Mary appeared to more innocent little children at Fatima, and spoke to them of terrible secrets, the canon was re-clarified to prevent the obscuration of it’s simple and most obvious interpretation and tenants.
Can it be just a coincidence that there were stars falling from the sky in the Book of Revelation around this Apocalyptic lady, Mary, the same version of Mary that seemed to appear in the sky at Fatima? Can it be just a coincidence that the “stars” in this passage, from ancient times, were thought to symbolize (in spiritual language) the bishops prophesied to “fall” from their position, and “fall” from their own power?
3And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems: 4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth:
Canon commentators bemoan the fact today that the ancient historically revered canon, canon 2359, is suddenly not “respected or enforced” anymore, but I have never heard a canon lawyer argue that the penalty of loss of office (and loss of powers intrinsic to that office) is not incurred by way of crime itself. No canon lawyer can argue it is by way of – and dependent upon – formal decree.
As well, although personal sanctity or lack thereof does not directly effect office, it does not mean personal sanctity is not relevant to validity of office.
Formal acts that go egregiously against the mission of the church and church teaching indicate that the prelate has no intention to generally “do as the church does” in the first place. Do men who seek to indulge and cover up their pathological urges against children really intend to do the mission of the church?
This is even more clear with canon 2359 than in the annulment “process”, because acts of adultery do not automatically invalidate a marriage, whereas pederasty does invalidate a bishopric, or any church office. And “mere” acts of adultery and other sins are considered during a marriage tribunal because even these may indicate an invalidating intent or disposition on the part of the person – when entering into the sacrament of marriage. However, if one possessed the pathology or will to molest one’s own children, they certainly couldn’t validly contract, or ever fulfill “the mission” of marriage.
As well, a marriage does not “become void” BY the declaration of nullity. It is determined never to have existed in the first place.
No one reasonably aware they are living in an invalid and abusive marriage should hesitate to leave it, simply because church bureaucrats have not yet declared it. Likewise, no person aware that his or her bishop is not a real bishop (by this canon) should ever respect his false authority.
Notice the present tense used in the language of the canon (below). The bishop’s ARE deprived of any office, and any act that allows a child to be abused in any way qualifies. Do we really think God would not have been on the side of the children all along?
By the simplicity principle called Occam’s Razor, it’s the bishops who are out – not the children.
I believe the current situation of denial of this reality is far worse, mortally worse, than when the SSPX rejoiced when LeFebvre’s personal excommunication was lifted, but failed to acknowledge that the automatic effects of his schismatic actions remained in effect.
For God’s sake, can’t most Catholics read? Can’t most Catholics see?
Are we all just a bunch of potatoes with eyes?
Blessed is he, that readeth and heareth the words of this prophecy; and keepeth those things which are written in it; for the time is at hand.
The trees in the forest and their fruits remain evident and very clear, like the backs of our hands, yet prelates don’t even have to plant around them because reality itself is simply being ignored by those who pretend to be in charge.
Reality is also being ignored by laypersons comfortable and indifferent, like a cozy and justified Catholic colored cognitive dissonance. Most don’t want to take off their rose colored glasses to acknowledge the suffering of innocents.
Maybe the children will just go away.
These children flee the visible church anyway.
Maybe this means the children were bad, or just lying.
But psychiatrists will confirm the children were not, and are not, lying.
No man gets up on a stand in a court of law and acknowledges to the whole world that Father So and So did this or that to his genitals when he was only ten, unless his whole life has already been destroyed anyway, and he has nothing left of this world to lose.
Could it be that prelates still wish to enslave and ensnare the devout by way of tiny, vine-like tangled rubric, so they can continue to abuse little children, while ignoring the forest of law that sets God’s children, their very victims, free?
For if Christ’s Real Presence is no longer certain to be in a Catholic church or upon a Catholic altar, the time is now to flee to the “mountains” to protect our children and families, where God will certainly feed His flock directly in spiritual communion, by means of prayer life, desire and inner intent, as promised by countless prophecies.
If not now, when, I ask parents of good will?
What are we waiting for?
Pope Benedict, the pope who two weeks after his election declared the Vatican infiltrated by predatory homosexuals, already “fled”.
Could Benedict be the real pope recognized by the saintly Emmerich?
Perhaps Benedict, upon assuming office read the Fatima secret, and had the courage (unlike his predecessors) to say yes, it’s happening in my pontificate. Perhaps he did not want to officially head the false church.
I am not the one to officially declare this so, but I know I would never trust my son or daughter to a church whose catechists are pre trained not to question or suspect a priest, but turn suspicion back on you or other catechists, for sexually molesting our own children.
I have taken the mandatory church approved “child abuse prevention” catechist course, and was chastised for questioning it.
Why are we to suspect one another, the parents, or a neighbor, rather than the priest the child accuses of abuse?
Why was there no mention made of cell phones, gifts, private visits and modern means by which abusers secretly communicate and entice child victims?
Indoctrination programs that one cannot question do not emanate from a church. Readers and thinkers and those with a heart, please hear this: They emanate from organized child abuse cults. What can be worse than fraudulent impostors and questionably ordained priests who sacrifice little children, our children, and then point fingers at us while covering up for the guilty?
For God’s sake and for the children’s sake, cradle Catholics, please wake up.
Your cradle has crashed and you are dangerously sleep walking. Be brave and do not sleep through the three days of darkness. Your life and the life of your soul may depend upon whether or not you awake.
Is it up to abused, threatened and traumatized children to determine which lines of the priesthood have not become compromised, which bishop’s hands have not lost the power to ordain, and which priests are real priests and therefore confect the Eucharist?
As for God, since He never abandons those children of good will who feel they must break with abusive parentage for the sake of survival, He will never leave those who obey His admonition to flee. God doesn’t expect His children all to be canon lawyers, but He does expect us to hear His Voice, which is also understood as the Voice of Common Sense, or the Sense of the Faithful.
I used to think it was so sad that persons molested by priests as children ended up “leaving the church”. What I realize today is that these grown children didn’t leave the church at all, because they ARE the church. I grieve over my former ignorance and the fact that I too, once had many blind eyes.
The Church includes the boys the current “bishop” of my state, West Virginia, carted by the truckload to Gana Farms thirty years ago. Those who survived, survived because they figuratively “left the farm” and figuratively “ran for the hills”. Let not the comfortable, the golden children, the potatoes with eyes, add insult to injury. Let not the victims be chastized for speaking out, for having the correct intellectual response or sense of the faithful type spiritual epiphany.
15When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that readeth let him understand. 16Then they that are in Judea, let them flee to the mountains: 19And woe to them that are with child, and that give suck in those days.
Yes, I too, am of those who found my Father and her His Voice walking in the woods when I was just a sad and frightened little child.
And although my abuse at home, and by a priest as an adult, was not of a sexual nature, I do not know where the bad men have taken my Lord, and that is what is most important to me.
I, like the other misfits and forgotten children, have had my blinders ripped off and now see the monsters, those Beasts of Desolation spoken of in Revelation, upon the altars of the churches in my diocese and all over the world.
I have seen the monsters curled up in death grip like giant reptiles and serpents over and around furniture of countless altars, and through the eyes of too many fraudulent and demonic priests, to ignore reality any longer.
And although I do not know where they have taken my Christ, and I cannot even be certain of my instincts upon which altars He remains, and am stumbling still trying to catch my balance, I do know where my Lord can be found.
He can be found wherever those innocent children who fled the visible church, and are fleeing the visible church today, possess Him.
For did not Jesus say suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come to me: for the kingdom of heaven is for such? Has Christ not promised to remain with His children always?
Trusting little children do not need man to provide God to them.
I, like all abused innocents, believe and understand the old adage that God can be found anywhere, and even in nature itself. So for me, that is where you can always find me as well.
I’ll be with the children, wherever God’s children are, for there is God Himself.
Going into the woods is going home – John Muir