“Why were so many journalists willing to let the rumors go unexplored? Or, if they did explore the rumors, why were they willing to drop the story, at a time when so many other allegations were splashed across the headlines? Could it be because, for anyone seeking to influence a cardinal, the threat of disclosure is more effective than disclosure itself?”
This leads to a related question: with Christians, including Catholic Christians, being persecuted for their faith at unprecedented rates around the world, why is there not a single bishop (with the notable exception of Cardinal Burke) who is willing to break with the ecclesiastical lockstep and acknowledge the obvious and readily demonstrable fact that Islam is not a religion of peace? Why is there not even one bishop who will decry the relentless harassment and attempts to silence those who dare to point that Islam is indeed not a religion of peace? The U.S. Catholic bishops are much more concerned that you believe that Islam is a religion of peace than that you believe in, say, the Nicene Creed. Could this be a clue as to why there has emerged not even one bishop who dares to state and stand upon the truth?
“Leave them; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)
“How did Cardinal McCarrick’s secret last so long?,” by Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, June 20, 2018:
At least fifteen years ago, I wrote a confidential email message to a few trusted friends, telling them to brace themselves. Within a few days, I said, a major secular newspaper would break a sensational story about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. To my surprise, the newspaper never ran the story—which finally came out today.
At the time, several reporters had spoken with me about the cardinal. Most had been unable to find anyone willing to go on record with complaints. Rod Dreher, one of the journalists who was investigating the rumors, now writes about the frustration he felt when witnesses refused to go public….
Now that the story has finally surfaced, Dreher wants to know: “Why were so many bishops willing to run cover for Ted McCarrick all these years?” That’s a good question. But I have another.
Why were so many journalists willing to let the rumors go unexplored? Or, if they did explore the rumors, why were they willing to drop the story, at a time when so many other allegations were splashed across the headlines? Could it be because, for anyone seeking to influence a cardinal, the threat of disclosure is more effective than disclosure itself?
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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.