Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
"Why I love the crime ridden, corrupt Catholic Church"
A Catholic priest offers an interesting and refreshing perspective.
- Fr. Dwight Longenecker
- November 6, 2012
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 attackâthat the Catholic Church is âcorrupt, immoral and riddled with crimeâ is one of the Â 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. Weâve 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 expectâa 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 expectâa 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 wonât be the Catholic Church. Theyâll be some sort of frightful sect you wouldnât want to join if you had a chance.
Instead, in the Catholic Churchâlike any group of human beingsâyouâll find the good and the bad mixed up together. Youâll find the agony and the ecstacyâthe joy and the sorrowâthe sinner and the saint, and isnât that what youâd expect to find if you were looking for an authentic religion? Isnât that what you find when you read the Old Testament? Isnât that what you find when you read human history? Isnât that what you find when you study your own family tree? Isnât that what you find when you look in the mirror?
The reason I love the âcorrupt and crime ridden Catholic Churchâ is that first of all we admit that it is such, and second, weâre sorry that it is such and third, that we are trying to do something about it.
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