Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The Blind And Faithful Followers

Davy Carton of the Saw Doctors wrote a song after Bishop Eamon Casey was found to have a son in California and a mistress in Ireland. Quite the scandal, one that has yet to be forgotten, and one that damaged the authority of the clergy when they tried to speak of morality and following God's laws.

Titled "How'ya Julia", the tune features lyrics about the blind and faithful followers. They're worried and distraught, the song goes, because the poor man got caught.

That's what you'll hear from the parishioners of St. Sabina's in Chicago. The blind and faithful followers are worried and distraught, and the only thing that's bothering them is the poor man he got caught.

Even Father Michael Pfleger is only sorry that he got caught spewing rhetoric that is dazzlingly non-Christ-like. If he'd known the cameras were rolling, he'd never have spoken as he did. That's to be done in secret. After all, he promised not to bring politics to the pulpit. Funny, that. All the pedophile priests promised not to interfere with little boys as well, and didn't they all go back on their word?

What Father Pfleger has done is little different from the clerical perverts who broke their vows and said they'd never do it again, only to abuse the faithful once again. It's a compulsion, an addiction, and whether it's an addiction to children or an addiction to the crowd's adulation, it's abuse all the same.

So the blind and faithful followers on the South Side rail against Cardinal George, protesting the removal of a priest who abused his office. Bishop Casey has his blind and faithful followers as well, those who point out the good that he did and can't you just brush the bad under the rug ah sure it's not so bad as all that.

Father Pfleger is supposed to make a retreat for a couple of weeks, during which time he might re-read the New Testament. He will then discover that Jesus might not have approved of the actions of the Pharisees, he never stood in the temple and mocked them for the amusement of the disciples.

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