to find corruption widespread in the ranks of their shepherds today,
too many good Catholics are tempted to leave the Church, unaware that
ever since the days when Jesus’ own treasurer, Judas Iscariot, had
his hand in the till, the Good Shepherd and His faithful followers
have regularly been betrayed by bad shepherds.
these eye-opening pages, Church historian Rod Bennett introduces a
number of those bad shepherds, including Bishop Eusebius of
Nicomedia, who regularly sold out the Church to the Roman emperor;
Pope Stephen VII, who so hated his late predecessor that he had him
dug up, put on trial, and flung into the Tiber; Benedict IX, who
bought and sold the papacy (twice!); and Pope John XII, whose
debauchery rivaled that of the corrupt emperor Caligula. Those were
very bad shepherds indeed, but while they did the Devil’s work,
good Catholics not only survived — they thrived.
outlasted their bad shepherds, preserved in their ranks the Faith of
our fathers, and served in each instance as the foundation for a
cleansing of the House of God and a vigorous renewal of the Faith.
enlightening pages demonstrate that it can happen again!
We would do well in this
time of scandal to recall
Paul Harvey’s words . . .
“In times like these, it is
helpful to remember that there
have always been times
For sexual scandals and
improper behavior among religious
leaders are nothing new.
Incredibly, St. Peter Damian
wrote about the "cancer" of active
homosexuality among the clergy
over 900 years ago