Where Does the Buck Stop in the Catholic Church? / ucanews.com

You could be forgiven for not knowing where the buck stops in the Catholic Church these days. In any society, organization or Church community, it is important to know who is ultimately responsible in decision making; otherwise, chaos or worse would prevail. In an unprecedented (for a cardinal) cross examination in court last week, Cardinal George Pell of Sydney seemed confused about responsibility in the Sydney Church. He was speaking for the Archdiocese of Sydney which he led from 2001 until his transfer to a job at the Vatican, appearing before the Royal Commission into child sex abuse in institutions, including the Church’s, across Australia.” By Michael Kelly, SJ, Executive Director of ucanews.com — Click here to read the rest of this commentary.

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  1. #1 by Yohann on June 15, 2014 - 10:39 PM

    That is the question; and the answer is each believer must answer to God. God does not accept excuses; no one can say like Adam and Eve she or he made me do it.
    In light of the word of God how can the pope and his cohorts say the requirement for a man to go to heaven is what ever goodness is found in man or clean conscience?
    Doesn’t the RCC pope read the Bible? Has not God said in Isaiah 64:6a “ For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;…” Therefore none of us have anything clean in us; and what goodness is there in a menstrual cloth of a woman. Clearly, God does not accept any Righteousness less than His own Righteousness which is in Christ Jesus.
    Further more in both Psalm 14:1-2 and Psalm 53:1-2 we read there is none that seeks after God and there is no one who does good. These are quoted in Romans 3:10-11 “As it is written “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God;” The apostle Paul in 7:18-19 honestly confesses to us by saying “ For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.” And he concludes in Romans 7:24-25 “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the Law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.” Clearly, if there is none who does good and none that seeks after God, then to whom is pope Francis promising? Yes, for people who do not exist in the eye of God. This doctrine of promise is only an illusion. This fact must be revealed to the deceived people. Therefore, there is no time as compelling as this for those who have received eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to understand to be moved by compassion pray for these people and reach out to them with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Multitudes of people are trusting in their blind leaders. We have the obligation to tell these people what God has warned those who implicitly trust their leaders in Jeremiah. 17:5. Thus says the LORD, “Cursed is a man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD.”


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