One thing that has helped me with my questioning of the Church is this piece of advice from another Catholic who has been a friend for decades. He said, "Remember that Jesus picked twelve men to be his Apostles - his closest friends - fully aware that one would betray him, one would deny him, and nine out of the other ten would desert him at the first sign of serious trouble. Why would he do this? I don't know for sure but I think Jesus might have been trying to tell us that there would always be some scoundrels in the priesthood but, as bad as that is, we should never let that destroy our faith." He went on to add, "We always have the choice of following Jesus in his Church or following Judas out of the Church. Today I'm doing my best to follow Jesus." I got that email in 2002, at the height of the abuse scandal in Boston. I can't tell you how many times I've read it since then and how much it has helped over those years.
Friday, July 22, 2011 - 02:38