It’s tough to be a Catholic these days and especially difficult at Easter when you try to accept the message of hope and salvation from a church in mired in scandal and crisis.
However, it is also important to remember that the Catholic Church is us the people – not the leadership as Janice Kennedy explains:
…We still call ourselves Catholic because the abusive priests — along with the Pope, the politically hand-picked cardinals, the ambitious bishops, the whole creaking ecclesiastical apparatus in Rome and around the world — are not the Catholic Church. We are. In all our messy, hopeful diversity, we the people are the church, even if our institutional leaders and reps usually see us as an afterthought…
Yes, we must remember that we are all human beings – even those on a pedestal in Rome. And not all Catholic clergy are pedophiles.
This Easter morning Rev. Michael McGourty of St. John the Evangelist in Weston plans to remind us that “There is a real danger in these times in which we are barraged by media reports about human weaknesses that we might miss the real message of Christianity. Christians have never claimed that human beings are perfect.”
For me that message is that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was resurrected. It is a triumph of love and goodness over sin, death and evil. No human being is without sin, but we can still find salvation through Christ.
The Catholic Church will get through this, but only when the hierarchy begins the painful process of acknowledgment and real justice for the victims.
In the meantime, Happy Easter!
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I want to take this opportunity to thank my son for introducing me to the amazing world of Christian Rock.
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Great guitar riffs in this one.