For almost these past two months, there has been increase in news exposing the darkness in the Catholic Church. It feels like each week, there is more news to prove, it’s worse than what we thought the day before. Personally, I receive the bulk of my news through Twitter. The national news isn’t even reporting in the speed Twitter is feeding it. The news sources I cover are reputable Catholic news agencies, along with Catholic reporters/journalists, theologians, speakers, public figures, etc.
At this point, I feel like where I’m at in information, is a bit numbing. I’m stunned and shocked. But as I pointed out earlier in a previous blog, the aid of reading from St Catherine of Siena’s writings to Catholic bloggers, experts of the faith, have channeled me with direction. Attentiveness to the daily Mass readings, and thanks to God, the rosary for reparation for the Church that began a novena on the Queenship of Mary, have been key to me in clarity.
However, I felt the need to write about some of my feelings on particular responses I’ve read from the ‘faithful’. A part of me is a little apprehensive about sharing my thoughts because I don’t want to come off as one who thinks I have attained all faith and knowledge. I clearly have not! But the other side of me, is well…getting a little fed up with Catholic folk on sharing their voices about their Catholicism.
For example, and I mainly see it on Twitter, are comments shared by celebrities, writers, politicians, etc, who express they have just had it with the Papacy, Cardinals, and just think the whole tie to identifying oneself Catholic is questionable. That the disgust, mistrust, no firing of the Cardinals is quick enough, Pope Francis isn’t stepping down, is all enough to leave the Church.
There are people blurting out all these things to the faithful not ever recognizing their responsibility to them. I’ve written a few responses to them saying, bluntly, stop feeling so victimized and get out there and fight. Fight for those who are victims of priest sex abuse, for those who only have faith because of where/how they live is dire, for the good priests having to push through it all and be everything to everyone right now, for the bad priests who cannot see past “self love” and are not aware to ask for God’s mercy, for the faithful at your parish who are family, for the Catholic Church as a whole who is the Body of Christ. You, me, everyone. We need to be strong!
It blows me away and I have to be careful about this thought, and I know we are all at different stages of our faith, but besides that, those who are vocal about their indecision are not 4th graders. They’re educated. They’re intellectuals. They should recall all those scriptures covered in Mass that they have attended and know what they are supposed to do! All those readings are life and guidance!
I mean, even if you did not have all the knowledge, why wouldn’t you seek answers by what you have been taught and why you are Catholic in the first place?? That’s all I’m saying. The Eucharist is the number one reason. The number one very big reason. How is it that easy to walk away?
In no means, am I perfect at my faith. I do not know everything. I’m a 47 year old woman. I practice and seek each day. But for something as so sacred as our faith in which Jesus entrusted to the Apostles by the Holy Spirit to the Church to be given to us, how can we all sound so flaky about our response when we deal with crises.
Multiple scripture verses come to mind:
Luke 9:23 – Then he said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Ephesians 6:10-12 – Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.
1 Peter 5:8-9 – Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for [someone] to devour.fResist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings.
1 Corinthians 12: 27-31 – Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it. Some people God has designated in the church to be, first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then, gifts of healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work mighty deeds?Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.
Recite the Nicene Creed. You don’t follow men. You follow Jesus and the Church He gave us! Fight!
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“When people want to destroy religion, they begin by attacking the priest” – St. John Vianney said that, and boy, if anybody ought to know, he should. The parish that he found himself (reluctantly) in charge of was in great disarray when he arrived. He wanted to leave several times because in his heart of hearts, he was the type who wanted to wander like the desert fathers in peace and silence. But he was called to greater things, to a greater purpose. He was called to serve, no matter how difficult it might be. That’s what we are called to do now – we serve when we support our priests. Pray for them and all the religious laity who find themselves being attacked with the broad brushstroke known as Evil. It’s simply not true. Many MANY good men and women serve in our Church. Yes, my heart is troubled right now at the news I read (and I agree, use only good Catholic sources, not FOX News) but I would never think of leaving the church. Discipleship has been hard from Day One in following Christ as he walked along the seashore. As scripture tells us when many leave Jesus because it’s just “too hard”, and He asks those remaining, “will you also leave me?” they reply “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of everlasting life.” This is the church he founded. THIS ONE. The Catholic Church has withstood terrible persecution time and time again in over 2000 years. I have no reason to doubt but what our Blessed Mother is stepping into the mess right now, rolling up her sleeves, and helping us to clean house – as she always does. It may take longer than we like, it may cause us angst in our heart while we wait, but we would serve our Lord well to pick up a broom and a dustpan and help sweep. And then to be sure that He so firmly resides in our soul that we don’t sweep the room clean only to find a legion lurking in the shadows, anxious to once again find it empty and take up residency there. I do think in general (on a national level – especially in the U.S.) that we find ourselves in this state because far too many of the faithful are holding wide open the doors to a lot of empty rooms out there. I am being very purposeful right now in keeping my room FULL of God and not the negativity I see happening around me. Read spiritual books by the Church Fathers, read scripture, listen to podcasts on great works of the Saints, listen to the Divine Office or a Rosary podcast, listen to Relevant Radio, watch EWTN…there are so many good and countless resources to tap into instead of the garbage we are tempted to feed upon out of spiritual sloth and despondency. Now is not the time to be a slug. We do need to FIGHT with the armor of God and His word as our shield. Thank you for your thoughtful post! Sorry if my reply is a bit of venting here, but like you (and you know cuz you read my last Sparks post) I share many of the same sentiments that you have about the situation. Peace be with you, my friend!
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Thanks for this wonderful, spot on response! Thank God. He helps us to see the Light! We know how our Lord does not want to find us idle. Let us keep busy in our faith practices. 💜