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Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, is pictured
during a reception for new cardinals at the Vatican Feb. 22, 2014.
Cardinal McCarrick said he will no longer exercise any public ministry
"in obedience" to the Vatican after an allegation he abused a teenager
47 years ago was found credible. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Catholic Church cannot pretend to be shocked about the pattern of
sexual abuse of adult seminarians by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, recently detailed in a comprehensive story
in The New York Times. As The Times made clear in its reporting, many
church leaders had received multiple notices of the cardinal’s behavior.
Local dioceses had been told, the papal nuncio in Washington, D.C., had
been told and, eventually, even Pope Benedict XVI had been told.
none of these reports interrupted Cardinal McCarrick’s rise through the
ranks nor his appointment as cardinal nor his eventual retirement in
2006 as a respected leader of the U.S. church. Nor did these reports
lead to his removal last month from public ministry, which finally
resulted from a credible allegation of abuse of a minor almost 50 years
ago, recently revealed and acted on by the Archdiocese of New York. Read more....
'Prosperity gospel' props up policies lacking compassion, journal says
Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro,
editor of La Civilta Cattolica, is pictured at the Vatican in 2013
CNS photo/Paul Haring
La Civilta Cattolica: The philosophy 'is used as a theological justification for economic neo-liberalism'
The "prosperity gospel" that US President Donald Trump and many of
his advisers and followers seem to espouse does not promote solidarity
for the common good, but sees God as giving his blessings to the rich
and punishing the poor, said an influential Jesuit journal.
The philosophy "is used as a theological justification for economic
neo-liberalism" and is "a far cry from the positive and enlightening
prophecy of the American dream that has inspired many," said the article
in La Civilta Cattolica, a journal reviewed at the Vatican before
The article was written by the journal's editor, Jesuit Father
Antonio Spadaro, and by Marcelo Figueroa, an evangelical pastor, who is
director of the Argentine edition of the Vatican newspaper,
In an email, Father Spadaro described the article as "what I consider
the second part of our article on the relationship between politics and
fundamentalism in the United States."
The first article, published in July last year, was titled
"Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism: A Surprising
Ecumenism" and examined what the authors saw as growing similarities in
the rhetoric and world views adopted by some evangelical fundamentalists
and some "militant" Catholic hardliners.
They decried what they saw as an "ecumenism of hate" resulting from
the political alliance in the United States of Christian fundamentalists
and Catholic "integralists."
The article set off widespread debate, ranging from criticism that it
was a superficial reading of the U.S. reality from the outside to
praise for shining a light on ways that some tenets of the Christian
faith have been manipulated for political gain.
The new article describes the "prosperity gospel" as a theological
current that emerged from neo-Pentecostal evangelical communities in the
United States and is thriving now in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South
Africa, South Korea, China, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile,
Argentina and Brazil.
"At its heart is the belief that God wants his followers to have a
prosperous life, that is, to be rich, healthy and happy," Father Spadaro
and Figueroa wrote. In such a view, opulence and well-being are "the
true signs of divine delight."
The modern "prosperity gospel" owes much, they said, to E.W. Kenyon, a
U.S. pastor who lived 1867-1948, and "maintained that through the power
of faith you can change what is concrete and real," the Civilta article
said. "A direct conclusion of this belief is that faith can lead to
riches, health and well-being, while lack of faith leads to poverty,
sickness and unhappiness."
"In the United States millions of people regularly go to the
megachurches that spread the prosperity gospel," the article said.
Preachers including "Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn, Robert
Tilton, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer and others have increased their
popularity and wealth thanks to their focus on knowing this gospel,
emphasizing it and pushing it to its limits."
They see the purpose of faith as being to win God's favor, which is
demonstrated in material wealth and physical health, a position that is
"far removed from the life of conversion usually taught by the
traditional evangelical movements," Father Spadaro and Figueroa wrote.
The teachings of the prosperity gospel have obvious implications for
how a believer in that philosophy views and treats others, they said.
"There can be no compassion for those who are not prosperous, for
clearly they have not followed the rules and thus live in failure and
are not loved by God."
The philosophy, they said, promotes policies that are "unjust and radically anti-evangelical."
"One of the serious problems that the prosperity gospel brings is its
perverse effect on the poor," the authors wrote. The philosophy "not
only exasperates individualism and knocks down the sense of solidarity,
but it pushes people to adopt a miracle-centered outlook," which allows
them to wash their hands of the obligation to work for justice and
accept sacrifices for the common good.
the hundreds of books written about the Kennedys, none has focused on
the member of the clan who made the most enduring mark," writes Eileen
McNamara. "This biography is an attempt to correct that record."
Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, is pictured in a 2017 photo (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
The revelations of
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s disgusting predation of Catholic
seminarians and young priests over the course of many years makes for
truly disturbing reading. Over the past few years, I had heard stories
about Cardinal (then Bishop and Archbishop) McCarrick’s summer home,
where he would invite (or suborn or force) seminarians to share a bed
with him, massage them and invite them to call him “Uncle Ted.” But at
the time they were unsubstantiated rumors, and I knew no one with any
first-hand knowledge. (Otherwise, I would have reported them.) Read more.....