11 The Canonization of Six Blesseds – to inspire and heal a battered Church! - Fr Joseph Royan, CSSR

posted Oct 10, 2018, 11:03 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 11:03 AM ]
The past few months have been a tumultuous time for the Catholic Church. The Church has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The recent sex scandal has rocked the Church, and she has been at the receiving end from different quarters, experiencing attacks not just on the perpetrators of the crime, but on the hierarchy, including the Holy Father as well. The outrage and anger by the faithful is often against the high-handedness and denial of the Church authorities and their failure to act against the perpetrators of such heinous crimes against children and vulnerable adults. There is enormous sadness about the immense harm that some men who should have been signs of the Love of God have been swords in the lives of innocent children. There are no words to justify such acts. There is no doubt that the Church must be on the side of the weak and most vulnerable. For that reason, all the measures that can be taken to prevent these acts and protect the dignity of the children should be an absolute priority. There needs to be greater transparency and accountability in the manner the Church deals with such cases of abuse and scandal. The Holy Father, Pope Francis, acknowledges the mistakes of the shepherds, and has spared no effort to work to combat the abuses and cover-ups. The Church has paid the price for its clericalism and elitism; it is time to move beyond, and to be more humble and to embrace servant leadership in its true sense.

These are difficult times for the Catholic Church, and especially for the many good Catholic priests who are holding the fort, and fighting the good fight in keeping the faith alive in a highly secular and materialistic world, and in reaching out to the most abandoned and the poor. Unfortunately, the stories of many such dedicated and committed priests neither make the headlines, nor are they sensational enough to garner many viewership or Television Rating Point (TRP) of different news channels. But isn't it strange that there is so little news and such lack of interest in the thousands of priests who are sacrificing their lives daily and dedicating themselves, body and soul, to millions of children, to adolescents and to the most disadvantaged of these in all four corners of the world? It's not news to follow a "normal" priest doing his daily work; experiencing his troubles and his joys, spending his whole life with no attention in the community he serves. The truth is, such priests are not trying to make news, only simply, to bring the "Good News"; this News which, with no fanfare, began on 'Easter Sunday Morning'.