Not only does soon to be bishop Gerhard Wagner have a poor understanding of theodicy (the problem of evil in the world), he also has a very poor sense of geography.
By his logic, the most sexually “sinful” parts of New Orleans would have been the hardest hit by Katrina, meaning the French Quarter. But the Quarter wasn’t the hardest hit. Most building there remained intact. If Wagner’s reasoning is to be believed, it’s people like the working class Black Catholics in areas like the Lower Ninth Ward who are really to blame, because it’s those areas where entire homes were washed away.
Sin may have been at work in New Orleans. But Katrina wasn’t God’s punishment. The sin at work there was the result of our collective human failings: of racism, poverty, and failure to care for one another.
I hope that greater mercy will be shown to Wagner than what he has shown to others.