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"Why I love the crime ridden, corrupt Catholic Church"

A Catholic priest offers an interesting and refreshing perspective.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker International

November 6, 2012

My tweets must have been re-tweeted to a less than sympathetic audience because a reply came floating back that anyone with a conscience should leave the “corrupt, immoral, crime ridden Catholic Church.” What I find curious in the present wave of anti-Catholicism is that the new atheists and the old fundamentalists resort to many of the same attacks on the Catholic religion. Hatred for the Catholic Church comes from all quarters, and one of this attack–that the Catholic Church is “corrupt, immoral and riddled with crime” is one of the more typical. What no one stops to consider is that no knowledgeable Catholic disputes the fact that there is immorality, crime and corruption in the Catholic Church. We’ve known that from the beginning. In fact, the Lord Christ himself said that the sheep and the goats would be mingled together and that the wheat and the weeds would grow in the same field. Indeed, among the holy apostles themselves were those who were less than holy. Judas was a traitor who sold his Lord and his soul for a bag of money then went out and hung himself. Peter was a loud mouthed coward, Thomas a timorous doubter, Paul a violent and ignorant man and an accessory to murder. The list could go on. Of course there is immorality and corruption and crime in the Catholic Church. What did you expect–a tighty whitey sect of grinning do gooders with their hair combed and their shoes shined and their ties tied out handing out gospel tracts? What did you expect a group of nice old ladies who bake cookies and run a soup kitchen? What did you expect–a group of sincere activists who want to bring in a more politically correct world for all the people they happen to feel sorry for? You can certainly find groups of do gooders like that, but they won’t be the Catholic Church. They’ll be some sort of frightful sect you wouldn’t want to join if you had a chance. Instead, in the Catholic Church–like any group of human beings–you’ll find the good and the bad mixed up together. You’ll find the agony and the ecstacy–the joy and the sorrow–the sinner and the saint, and isn’t that what you’d expect to find if you were looking for an authentic religion? Isn’t that what you find when you read the Old Testament? Isn’t that what you find when you read human history? Isn’t that what you find when you study your own family tree? Isn’t that what you find when you look in the mirror? The reason I love the ‘corrupt and crime ridden Catholic Church’ is that first of all we admit that it is such, and second, we’re sorry that it is such and third, that we are trying to do something about it. Full Story: Why I love the Corrupt and Crime Ridden Catholic Church Source: Patheos
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