Thursday, November 13, 2008

Things I've always wondered...

What was the real story on Cardinal Bernadin?

Was Fr. Malachai Martin good or bad?

Was Fr. Feeney an unjustly persecuted good priest or a proud priest who couldn't accept correction?

What did Mary and Jesus talk about over dinner?

What was the real reason for so many bishops remaining silent about sexually predatory priests? And why did they keep reassigning these men to posts where they'd be around kids? One pedophile priest was even given an assignment that put him in regular contact with Boy Scouts. This was AFTER he'd gotten out of a treatment center.

Did Adam bring up the snake incident every time he and Eve had an argument?

What did Moses say to his brother Aaron in private after the whole thing with the Golden Calf. Aaron gave Moses the all time wimpiest excuse ever recorded by man.

What was the great suffering that afflicted Archbishop Sheen while he was writing "The Life of Christ"?

What was St. Paul's thorn in the flesh? Did he have the stigmata?

Was Pope Paul VI ever happy? I keep reading story after story that ends with him weeping.

Did any of the priests and pharisees who met the Child Jesus in the temple live to see him as a man?

Did Pilate ever go a day without thinking back to the day he met Jesus?

Did Caiphus understand the meaning of the torn temple curtain?

7 comments:

Sanctus Belle said...

Dymphna, I've often wondered some of these same things - especially about the conversation between Mary, Joseph and Jesus. How could you NOT ask God, how lives in your own house about the secrets of the universe?

And about the people in the temple where Jesus was presented to the Father, according to Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich, the sons of Simeon were followers of Jesus and many if not all were present at the Last Supper. She also relates that the apostles sought out, found and converted the Three Kings and their families from the Nativity.

Smiley said...

Lovely thoughts. At this time of the year i always think of the Child Jesus. The entire incarnation is so wonderful isnt it. The supreme God who created the universe comes to us worthless filthy people as a child. a baby unable to take care of the most basic needs and yet He is God the creator of the world. Imagine God living in the sacred womb of Mother Mary. Can you imagine that stable, baby Jesus in it, it must have been stinky with those animals. This must have cause Mother Mary pain because She knew that Her Son was God and worthy of all majesty. Can you picture Jesus learning to talk the Eternal Word learning to talk for love of us. Can you imagine Jesus learning to walk falling down maybe scraping his knee and then crying because being a baby it would have hurt. I could go on and on. The incarnation makes me feel very loved by God and at the same time so unworthy for all the miserable sins that i have committed against so loving a God.

Catherine Lucia said...

Am I right in thinking Girolamo Savonarola is a saint?

That's the one I wonder most about.

The Black Mantilla said...

Thanks for this. I've wondered some of those things, too. Especially about the predatory priests. When I was little I spent lots of time around priests - enough to realize that they were just like the rest of us, save for their vocation. I tell myself that those guys would never have knowingly gone along with something like that, and there was never any scandal in our parish. But do I know for sure? Really? I'd ask them, but they're dead now.

Anita Moore said...

What was the real reason for so many bishops remaining silent about sexually predatory priests? And why did they keep reassigning these men to posts where they'd be around kids?

I don't know the answer to this, but I strongly suspect one of the reasons for the regular shuffling of all priests from their parishes (which didn't used to happen) is precisely to cover up the transfers of sex offenders.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Feeney is a very interesting question.

Pope Michael is NOT a Feeneyite (but not at "opposite extreme" either!), Alejandro IX has on the other hand both canonised Feeney and doigmatised his way of explaining EENS (you know what I mean, don't you, since you know of Father Feeney?)

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"Did Adam bring up the snake incident every time he and Eve had an argument?"

Good one!