The Roman Catholic Church is in treacherous waters today. It is evident that we have many of our clerics at all levels not practicing what they preach. It is obvious that action has to be taken. With the advent of the internet, stories spread like wildfire, and many of the faithful are now questioning their faith, because of sins of some of our clergy. Most importantly, the cover up by those in position of authority is of concern. This could be the biggest event in the faith since the Reformation. Unless we act to correct this situation, we may be in throes of another reformation.
What should be the response? Should you say, “I have had it!” and just leave the faith, as many are doing? Or should we say, “Let’s act in a rapid and methodical fashion and address the problem.” It is up to us to make our thoughts known. Our clerics in positions of authority must act like Jesus did…
It was the season of Passover and the money changers were in the sacred grounds of the temple. Jesus was ANGRY! They were defiling the House of God! He overturned their tables, he chastised other vendors and made a whip out of his belt and lashed them till they left (Matthew21:13). That is what our clergy in power should do. Get angry and take action. Now is the time to act before the raging fire gets out of control via the internet.
As for myself, I will stick by my faith. Our faith was instituted by Christ and he promised us that he would be with us regardless of what happens. Matthew 16:18: “The gates of hell shall not prevail against it (the church…that’s us!). So stick by your faith and realize that it is run by human beings along with their frailties. As a college professor said to me in the 1950s, when unions were rampant with corruption: “You do not throw the baby out with the dirty water.” Let’s clean up the mess but keep the faith.
And lastly, many of the clergy at the parish level are hurting internally. They are walking the via Delarosa, the path to Calvary. Help them carry their cross. Let them know that you feel their pain and they have your support. It is an act of compassion for you and more importantly, it gives them a boost in their morale and a validation of their vocation.
And remember…the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!