Occult Behaviour in the Church.

Occult:       “to shut off from view or exposure :cover, eclipse”

Occult behaviour has crept into the Church in various forms but one form involves covering up crimes of the clergy against children.   People have desired to protect the Church from bad publicity for some time and some Bishops did succeed in covering up awful things for a long time.  The problem was that the cover up of evil meant that evil men weren’t rooted out of the Church and their sins continued to hurt other people.  Evil men like their crimes to be occulted.  After all the damage this has done to the Church, can there still be Catholics who think it’s a good idea to hide evil for some supposed collective good?

The other problem with this occult behavior regarding evil crimes is that it denies innocent wronged individuals justice and protection for the sake of the ephemeral collective good.  The Church teaches that her members are the Body of Christ. Allowing evil to remain hidden and to continue damages the Body of Christ by harming it one member at a time, while often later being revealed anyway. This means that it damages the collective good spiritually while growing worse, eventually doing even more damage to the reputation of the Church than it would have if revealed early on.

One offshoot of this occult attitude is the opinion some people have that the Jefferson City Diocese Transgender process shouldn’t be publicized to the lay faithful or the general public.  The thought here must be that the clerics and the hierarchy are the only ones who have the authority or ability to deal with such things.  In the last 50 years how did that work out with other forms of child abuse?  Since the children in question belong to the lay parents they have the responsibility to form them and protect them.  Parents can’t do that if threats to their children remain occult.  Furthermore, how in the world can the hierarchy alone solve these problems if they originated them?  Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?  “Who will guard the guards themselves?” -Juvenal Satires (Satire VI, lines 347–348).

Occulting a dangerous Process in the Church post 2002 is as Jay Leno said on the Battle of the Jaywalk Allstars:  “So you saw it was wrong and you decided to go with it?”

In fact the State of Missouri has laws punishing the covering up of abuse, https://dss.mo.gov/cd/pdf/guidelines_can_reports.pdf

The Church ought not be outdone by secular laws.

The skeletons in the closet often come out on their own anyway but lets not be occult about it along the way.  skeleton-in-the-closet

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