As promised, I have below done some reflecting on some of what I love about the Catholic Church. As much value as there is in celebrating the Church, it may seem inappropriate in this era. There can be so much frustration, division, and confusion in the Church. I see it frequently, and it makes me both sad and angry at times.
As we all know, these days the world has also seen the utter sin of some members of the Church, i.e., in the sex abuse scandal. We dare not dismiss or forget this sad and shameful reality. In fact, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York City (who is also head of the US Bishops) has stated recently that the Church must be continually "haunted" by what occurred.
Granted, the same terrible phenomenon of abuse and cover-up has occurred in many other sectors of society, but under no circumstances can this ever be tolerated, least alone in the Church which is meant to be the universal sacrament of salvation. I do think the Church has learned profoundly from this and has worked hard in its stringent policies to make itself the safest place possible for children.
Still, there will forever be the sadness of this episode in Church history. I am reminded of Pope Benedict XVI, who met privately with a group of sex abuse survivors. Afterward, one of the survivors said that the Holy Father "wept with us who were weeping." Surely Christ weeps as well.
Nevertheless, we know in the mystery of the Cross that sin, evil, death, and destruction are NOT the end of the story. The Church carries the Cross but it lives the Promise of the Resurrection. It is this that we must remember and celebrate.
Welcome! My name is John Roselle, SJ, and I took lifelong ("perpetual") vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as a Jesuit on August 13th, 2011 after a two-year novitiate. I am now a Jesuit Scholastic for the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. I will study philosophy and theology for the next three years at Loyola University in Chicago. At the same time, I will do part-time ministry in some capacity with the poor. After that, I will likely teach for three years before finishing three more years of theology. Then, God willing, I will be ordained a Roman Catholic Jesuit priest! It's a long road, but a blessed, fun, and enriching one. This blog exists as a resource for friends, family, and others who are interested in my progress through the Jesuit process of formation. Every day is its own adventure, and I am happy to have you along with me to share in this. This blog contains my own personal thoughts and should not be taken to speak for the entire Society of Jesus. Feel free to contact me. God bless you!