I’ve been silent for a few weeks.
There are times when the writer needs to take a break and absorb the world around him.
I’ve been writing on and off since the summer about my time as a seminarian in the Archdiocese of Newark under the episcopal leadership (if you can call it that) of Theodore McCarrick, the now-disgraced former cardinal of the Catholic Church. “Uncle Ted”, as we know him, is, as I have stated, perhaps the most destructive force in the Church since Martin Luther.
One of the benefits of my quest to “absorb” is that I’ve come across the Youtube presence of Dr. Taylor Marshall. For those who aren’t familiar, Marshall is a husband and father of nine children who lives nearby to me in the DFW area. We even worship at the same parish church on occasion (he full time, me more occasionally). We have never crossed paths that I know of. I admire the man and his knack for taking his trade (and mine) of teaching the faith to the masses via social media. Sidenote: on my many drives across the region as a medical courier recently, I’ve had many hours of downtime. In the car I put my headphones in and listen to Taylor and his co-host Tim Gordon. They help pass the time.
Tonight I finally got around to listening to Marshall’s most recent episode while I was lifting weights. In this episode he interviews James Grein. James, as we now know, was one of the earliest victims of Uncle Ted. His story is compelling and I have prayed for him every day since learning about him. A member of a family that more or less adopted McCarrick from his seminary days, James was the victim of sexual abuse by McCarrick from the age of 11. My own son is 10. When I think of these things it makes my blood boil. I would straight up break the neck of any man – priest or not – who messed with my boy and I’d do it with my bare hands and I wouldn’t have qualms.
I’d like to take a moment to encourage the few hundred of you who read these pages to click this link and watch the video. Listen to James. Then share it with your friends.
I couldn’t make it through the whole thing myself – I’m going to return to it. As I mentioned, the sight or mention of McCarrick turns my stomach. It is hard to look at an image of someone you loved as a father knowing the evil he perpetrated. James is a brother. We’re from the same part of the world – both Jersey boys. We speak the same language. We both knew the same evil man. McCarrick never got to me because I smoke cigarettes and have since I was 17. McCarrick hates tobacco. He tried so many times to get me to quit. I’m buying stock in Phillip Morris.
Watch the video. Subscribe to Marshall’s channel. You will not regret it.
Pray for the Church.