Catholic Things

See Beyond the Broken Glass


Here recently, I received a comment on an ad that really got me thinking. The ad was for the site and the comment was asking about pedophilia.

This comment brought on a sense of sadness and frustration.
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And I think the reason why these feelings were brought on is because there is so much more to the Catholic Church than the atrocities that we’re seeing on the news and social media.

Yes, the scandals are an absolutely atrocious, should not be overlooked, and need to be dealt with accordingly. The men who committed these crimes should have to pay the consequences and those that were hurt need to know there’s help and support for them. And on the news and social media, the situation is spreading and seems to be bringing more people under fire.

I don't want to seem insensitive to those who are hurting, but there is so much more to the Church than what mainstream media is showing us.
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Like I said in an earlier post, the members of the clergy that commit these crimes are greatly outnumbered by the priests and bishops that pour their hearts and lives into their vocation. Like I said in that post, some of the best men I know are priests. Even thought these men are great, there’s more to the Church than people.

The Church is almost two millennia old, and her traditions and rituals are stunningly beautiful.
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We have the Mass and the Eucharist, which brings us into contact with Jesus Himself. We have Eucharistic Adoration and a tabernacle in every church and chapel. These allow us to be in the physical presence of Jesus. We have sacraments that heal us, help us to serve others, and bring us into the Church and contact with Jesus.

We have communities that want to help us grow in our faith life. We help those in need. We connect with people across the nation and around the world.

We are a Church that is essentially the same worldwide.
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The Mass, the Sacraments, the hierarchy, the beliefs, the teachings, and the saints remain the same no matter where in the world we go. Sure, the language and the culture will change, but the core beliefs will stay the same.

No matter where in the world we go, if there's a Catholic church, we're home.
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If there’s a Catholic church nearby, we know we’ll be surrounded by people who believe the same things that we do. And this shows that although we may be separated by language or culture, we are fundamentally the same at our core.

And this is what matters.
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Again, I don’t mean to belittle what’s going on with the scandals and those involved. But I think we should keep these things in perspective. The people involved with these scandals are only a small portion of a worldwide Church that is absolutely beautiful.

I think that we should tackle the problems at hand, but we should also see the Church for the wonderful organization she is.

And with that, I’ll let you get back to your day.

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