Smoke of satan : how corrupt and cowardly bishops betrayed Christ, his church, and the faithful and what can be done about it

by Lawler, Philip F.,

Format: Print Book 2018
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The sex-abuse scandal, which has erupted anew in 2018, poses the greatest challenge that the Catholic Church has faced since the Reformation. In The Smoke of Satan , veteran Catholic journalist Philip Lawler explains why the crisis is even more severe than when it first commanded headlines in 2002, and how the failure of Church leaders goes all the way to the Vatican.

In this unflinching look at the crisis threatening the Church and her members, Lawler: Shows how the sex-abuse scandal is not a question of pedophilia, but of homosexual activity within the clergy. Explains how Catholic bishops have developed a habit of covering up serious problems, to avoid the serious divisions that have developed within the faith since Vatican II. Demonstrates a catastrophic rupture in Church unity, causing a breakdown in morale and discipline among priests, bishops, and laity, paving the way for the current crisis. Reveals the growth of a faction within the Vatican that is ready to make peace with secularism. Details the charges in the explosive "Vigano testimony,"-- and the efforts by Vatican officials including Pope Francis himself to ward off a thorough investigation. Concludes with a program for reform, led by faithful lay Catholics, demanding a new policy of candor and a forthright proclamation of Church teaching.
This crisis, brought about by the failures of corrupt and cowardly bishops and clerics, has been allowed to fester long enough. It is well past time for serious action to be taken at every level before more lives are ruined, more souls are lost, and more fractures divide the Church.

In these pages, Lawler details the problems besetting the Church...and lays out a clear plan to overcome them in order that the Church and Her members may once again thrive and bring souls to Christ.
The smoke of Satan
The summer of 2018
The divisions revealed
The habit of denial
With apologies to the martyrs
A patrimony squandered
The worst of both worlds
The cultural revolution: the enemy without
The limits of tolerance: the enemy within
Conclusion: a crisis of leadership.

Additional Information
Subjects Catholic Church -- Clergy -- Sexual bahavior.
Child sexual abuse by clergy -- United States.
Publisher Charlotte, North Carolina :2018
Language English
Description xiii, 201 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes "Sources and suggestions for further reading": pages 199-201.
ISBN 9781505113495
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