I keep thinking about this and that leads me to praying about this. Since not only has there been sexual scandal within the Church and not teaching the tenants of the Roman Catholic faith for decades the Church and the world are in upheaval. What has happened? One of the definitions of weak is: liable to break or give way under pressure . It is very telling that give way under pressure is exactly what is happening in the Church and in the culture.
I think it is safe to say that the Church has given way under the pressure of the culture. Bishops have been weak. In turn, the members of the Church have become weak. The result has been that a lot of sin is now looked upon as acceptable. The Church has never taught that cohabitation is acceptable, the Church has never taught that sex before marriage or outside of marriage is acceptable, the Church has never taught that same sex relationships are acceptable or that receiving the Eucharist while in a state of mortal sin is okay. Also some of the more mundane, things like confession/reconciliation, going to mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation, stealing, (even little stuff). Of course this is not an exhaustive list.
Where have the bishops and priests been? Where have the good sisters been? Why is no one teaching these things? Today you hear a lot about Re-Evangelization except that there hasn’t been any real evangelization for the past 50 years since Vatican II. It is not Vatican II’s fault. It is my opinion that is why the state of the country and the culture itself is in total dysfunction and disarray. Even some Catholics buy into the insanity that has engulfed the culture.
Is it any wonder that bishops shuffled around abusive priests from parish to parish and sometimes to other dioceses.? Is it any wonder that the sin that is sexual abuse was whitewashed like a tomb filled with decay and corruption? And of course there is the issue of money to be considered. When did people and the salvation of souls stop mattering to the Church? When did the definition of loving someone become allowing them to do whatever they feel is right for them and disregard, “loving”, meaning caring for eternal souls and so pointing out erroneous thinking and error which is sin. There are a lot of people that are going to “ACCOMPANY” ,(a new catch word), others to hell.
If anyone wants to even talk about it they are considered hateful. And when did it become verboten to talk about politics when it opposes Roman Catholic beliefs and teachings. Weak bishops also try to silence any priest who dares to point out the dichotomy between religion and politics. Is it any wonder that the Church is a mess and it seems very few know the truth?
The truth is the truth is the truth even if a majority of people in the Church and in the world don’t want to embrace the truth.