It was recently revealed that Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, actively worked to protect priests who raped and molested children. He has been gracious enough, though to ask God to forgive people for being so angry with for doing this. Isn't that just wonderful of him?
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony
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He doesn't say that he asked God to forgive him for his crimes. He doesn't say that he asked the victims and protesters to forgive him for his crimes. He certainly hasn't approached the legal authorities to ask for forgiveness or to seek some way to make reparations.
No, he simply asks God to forgive those who don't like it that he kept the police from finding out about how many of his priests have been raping and abusing children over the decades. Because anger over such matters is bad and needs to be forgiven, right?
In the past several days, I have experienced many examples of being humiliated. In recent days, I have been confronted in various places by very unhappy people. I could understand the depth of their anger and outrage--at me, at the Church, at about injustices that swirl around us.
Thanks to God's special grace, I simply stood there, asking God to bless and forgive them.
When people talk about leaders of the Catholic Church being out of touch, I suspect that this is what they have in mind. It's certainly a fantastic example of someone truly not "getting it" -- not comprehending that they have done truly evil things and that others are fully justified in being upset with them.
Some of this is surely ego because egotistical people can't imagine that they have done anything wrong or that others could be justified in being upset with them. It's not all ego, though. Some of it just a twisted sickness.