I have been told that average Roman Catholics don’t really know their faith. Here are two things we must know, cherish and embrace. God is the head of the Church, God is the moral authority by which the Church acts. Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, is present in the body and blood, (consecrated from bread and wine offering) by the Holy Spirit. Our Eucharist/Communion is truly the body, blood, soul and divinity of the Messiah Jesus Christ, using the same words that Jesus used at the last supper and fulfilling his commandment to eat his body and drink his blood. That is what you need to believe as a Roman Catholic. That is where all of us should be placing our faith. The summit of our worship is the Eucharist.
After Judas betrayed Jesus what did the rest of the apostles do? They replaced him. (Other stuff happened too but ultimately Judas was replaced.) Jesus chose twelve men as apostles. Since all men are sinful, (men not being a pejorative term that disses woman, but an inclusive term that says,’Hey, women are sinful too.’) Jesus chose from the pool available to him. He chose sinful men because that is what we all are. After Judas, (a sinful man), Matthias, (a sinful man), was chosen. See the pattern?
I am not faulting the priests who abused and the bishops who were enablers for being sinful. I’m faulting them for not helping now in the way that Jesus and his gospel of love dictates. The truly lost sheep have been abandoned, something Jesus never did. My desire is for the Church to use all of its resources to minister to the lost sheep.