The Cardinal and call-out culture

Call-out culture is well-established—so much so that we are now seeing more and more calls to pull it back from an insatiable mob response and to make our call-outs productive rather than simply reactive.

As Catholics, we have a special responsibility to examine how we wield our spears. It is not only the safety of the community that we must consider but the souls of the people involved, including our own.

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6 thoughts on “The Cardinal and call-out culture”

  1. “He spoke out specifically and earnestly in defense of the victims, knowing how Francis’ careless words added to their suffering.”

    I hardly think his words were “careless”. His anger was misdirected. He was taken in by wolves in sheep’s clothing. What a hard lesson, and bitter pill to have to swallow after so many years of being a savvy judge of character.

    As more and more sexual scandal continues to bubble up like sewer in Chile, I would imagine that the Pope is even speechless at this point. How do men hold the body of Christ, and read the gospel every day, living such evil and depraved double lives? It is truly a mystery of iniquity. I can’t wrap my head around it either. What a culture of treachery and deceit. It’s hard to believe it even with the evidence in front of your face.

    1. Twenty years ago, sure. In 2018, who can claim naivete at this point? He has a mega blind spot about this.

      1. I read the news. I read the news more than ever in my life, and I still can’t grasp it. Mea Culpa. Maybe because it’s not my flavor of sin.

        If he had a mega blind spot, so be it, but I think the blind spot has to do with what is innocent in his soul. JpII seemed to have the same mega blind spot too. Francis of Assisi didn’t think the whole institutional Church was falling down, and he was wrong too.

        Saint John Paul, kind soul of great love, please intercede for us.

        1. The scandal wasn’t that Francis believed the bishops were innocent; the scandal was that he publicly excoriated the accusers. JP II would never have done that. When you’re publicly victimizing someone, that’s not a sign of some hidden sweetness or innocence.

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