Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser, back in the 1600's, foresaw that many of the Church's oldest and most venerable teachings would be challenged prior to a great chastisement:
'These are evil times, a century full of dangers and calamities. Heresy is everywhere, and the followers of heresy are in power almost everywhere. Bishops, prelates, and priests say that they are doing their duty, that they are vigilant, and that they live as befits their state in life. In like manner, therefore, they all seek excuses. But God will permit a great evil against His Church: Heretics and tyrants will come suddenly and unexpectedly; they will break into the Church while bishops, prelates, and priests are asleep. They will enter Italy and lay Rome waste; they will burn down the churches and destroy everything." (Apocalypsis, Bartholomew Holzhauser, 1850).
They will seek excuses....read the following in that light:
December 24, 2002
Bishop: Sex less serious if not with a parishioner
CONCORD, N.H. — Questioned under oath about the church abuse scandal, New Hampshire's bishop suggested that it is less serious for a priest to have sex with someone from outside the parish than with a parishioner.
In depositions this fall, Bishop John B. McCormack said he knew the Rev. Roland Cote had had sex with a teen-age boy but noted that the boy was not a parishioner.
"You know, one is an activity where you have a trusted relationship with
a parishioner. The other is an activity where you're away from the parish and
you're off on your own," McCormack said in depositions obtained by the
Associated Press on Monday. "I'm very concerned about that; he was a young
person. But it's quite different from being with a parishioner. Questioned in
connection with lawsuits filed in Massachusetts, McCormack also acknowledged
Cote paid for the sex.
Cote has acknowledged a five- or six-year affair with the boy during the
1980s. In June, McCormack assigned Cote to a parish without informing the church
about Cote's history, later saying it was a private matter.
After the AP reported details of the investigation, Cote acknowledged the
affair and resigned last month.
Cote has said the boy was 18 when the relationship began.
Sherman gave no details of the payment and did not say how he learned about
it. Calls to Cote were not immediately returned.
McCormack, who became bishop of New Hampshire in 1998, has been dogged for
nearly a year by criticism of how he handled allegations of abuse while he was a
top aide to Cardinal Bernard Law in Boston. Law's resignation on Dec. 13
intensified calls for McCormack to step down.
"Was it brought to your attention that Father Cote had paid for sex with
this adolescent?" lawyer Robert Sherman asked McCormack in a deposition
"It was not brought to my attention at the time. I think I learned this
later, probably even last week," McCormack said.
Also this month, McCormack averted unprecented criminal charges against the
New Hampshire diocese in a settlement with the state. As part of the agreement,
he acknowledged the church's handing of abuse allegations had harmed children