Seeing on Feb. 2nd
Or, Castigations and Prognostications from the Ground(hog)
An AP news article by John Heilprin (Jan. 16, 2014, nearly three weeks before Groundhog Day) mentions Catholic sex-abuse issues and investigations in five countries that “detail how the Vatican’s policies, its culture of secrecy and fear of scandal contributed to the problem.”
“Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the Vatican’s former sex crimes prosecutor, acknowledged that the Holy See had been slow to face the crisis but said that it was now committed to doing so.”
Six times in this article, the designation “Holy See” was used. Not only is this an unintelligible English expression, and not only is it concocted by humans, not scripture, but it is an especially ironic appellation.
Initially, I supposed “See” might stem etymologically from an old expression for God’s prophets in OC times — the “Seer.” It appears I was wrong, assuming Wikipedia is correct:
The term “see” comes from the Latin word “sedes,” meaning “seat,” which refers to the Episcopal throne (cathedra). The term “Apostolic See” can refer to any see founded by one of the Apostles, but, when used with the definite article, it is used in the Catholic Church to refer specifically to the see of the Bishop of Rome, whom that Church sees as successor of Saint Peter, the Prince of the Apostles.¹
As for priests’ sexual abuse of others, “The Holy See gets it,” Scicluna told the committee. “Let’s not say too late or not. But there are certain things that need to be done differently.”
Perhaps the current “See” sees. Or perhaps it only sees dimly, or in the shadows — no better than Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog this morning. The whole See thing is blurry at best, and it makes me so mad, I can’t see straight.
Anyone can see that Phil is great fun. (See at right. They even dress up in Punxsutawney.)
“The See,” inasmuch as it claims to see, doesn’t. And can’t. (See John 9:41 for an in-kind prophesee.)
God is the only Holy Seer. May we have that vision.
¹ Note: most hyperlinks have been scrubbed from this excerpt, for fear that other (ground)hogwash might cloud the highlighted issue here.