Peter Bruegel Paints Some American Bishops

One of the lesser annoyances of the past weeks of depravity and scandal was seeing the loathsome vulpine face of sexual predator Theodore McCarrick (formerly Cardinal, and hopefully soon-to-be-former “bishop” and “father”) staring back at me from endless articles about his crimes. Now that the report is out on criminal coverups in Pennsylvania, we have to look at more faces of more men who should really be staring back at us from between bars or at least covered in sackcloth and ashes.

Barring that, I have a handy replacement image for anyone posting on the scandals.

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“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

The episcopacy needs to meditate on their collective sins. They need to ponder the Last Things, one of which is Judgement.

Peter Bruegel the Elder, “The Triumph of Death” (1562). Click to enlarge.

The painting itself is endlessly fascinating and rewards close study. Wikipedia actually has a halfway decent description of the various vignettes.  Here are some other details. Nota bene: backgammon is bad. (Backgammon was a serious gambling game.)

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Death comes for us all, good and bad alike, and judgment is a fearsome thing. We should all tremble to know that God is a just judge. I am the worst of sinners, and I tremble. If people who enabled predators to rape a thousand children don’t tremble, then they are already dead inside and a millstone around the neck is the least of their problems.