The 13th Question: Pretty much unasked and unanswered up till now.
“How can ANY ‘Catholic’ remain in such a scandal-plagued Church?”
The 4 “Marks” (self-identification markers) of the Roman Catholic Church to which I belong (perhaps a bit less than proudly than in times past), as taught in our Catechism #865 “The Church is ultimately one, holy, catholic, and apostolic in her deepest and ultimate identity, because it is in her that “the Kingdom of heaven,” the “Reign of God,” already exists and will be fulfilled at the end of time. …….. The “Perversion-PLAGUE” seemingly about to SWAMP “the Bark of Peter,” a euphemism for the Catholic church, is still taking on dirty-water; will it bring Her (the Catholic Church) down? Will the scandals EVER end?
The answer to the last question is “only God knows.’ The answer to the preceding sinking question is No. Certainly scandals are nothing new to the now 2,000 year old Catholic Church which Christ promised Satan would never prevail at sinking. (Mt 16: 18-19) “That thou art Peter; and upon this (YOU-Peter) rock I will build my church (singular), and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee (All of) the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven”
So here’s what Jesus is teaching all of us here. Clearly (with graced understanding) Jesus intends to establish a single New world-wide, universal- Religion; and this one is intended to replace, and override every other religion in existence, as well as every new religion; an every competing “faith” that will ever-come into existence; is what is desired and what GOD had in mind in the passing 0f all the Key’s to heaven’s gate to Peter and his successors. (1 Tim.2: 3-4: Mt. 16:18-19; Mt. 10: 1-8 & Mt. 28:18-20)) …
Jesus wasn’t inventing a “new wheel” here; nearly 4,000 years ago Yahweh also attempted to establish a New single religious belief system with Just one True God; who had just One True set of faith-beliefs through His then One “Chosen People” , who sadly failed to recognize the Messiah in their midst; and missed the opportunity of a lifetime. (Exodus 6:7), and this effort amid the plethora of pagan gods, man invented faith beliefs and strange humanistic (make me feel good) practices. Each dependent upon man alone; upon the “Self”; without a recognized need for humility and was therefore doomed for many failures.
Jesus displays here His Pragmatic side, and anticipates that what “He wants, due to man’s inherent sinful nature, and past history isn’t going to be what he wishes (Commands and Ordains), and knows that despite His Life; Death and Resurrection, given as visible evidence of its TRUTH, it too will fall far short of what He will actually desires it to be. Such is man’s lack of Faith. Otherwise why would He, in the same breath tell us that Satan does not win in the end? God undeterred then proceeds to tell Peter; Cf.“I’m going to entrust you with all the Keys to My Heavenly Kingdom.” And then grants Peter and his successors the necessary powers of governance. (Mt. 16:19). He assures Peter that He’ll remain with him and His New Church (singular) until the end of time. (Mt. 28:20)
God has promised and cannot lie: He will not, and is not abandoning His Church. … Which raises an interesting question: Is GOD telling US that because He will not abandon US, that expects all of US, in turn, not to abandon Him. YES-Indeed. He even goes so far as to warn each of us what our future will hold for us, if we should be so rash, so impetuous, and dare I say so “stupid” to do such a foolish thing. “Life is short; ETERNITY is forever.” (Hebrews 6:4-8) “ For it is impossible for those who were once illuminated, (HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED) have tasted also the heavenly gift, (CATHOLIC HOLY COMMUNION-Jesus in Person) and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,(SACRAMENTAL CONFIRMATION, and its Covenant Bond) Have moreover tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,(BEEN RIGHTY INSTRUCTED IN THE CATHOLIC FAITH) And are fallen away: to be renewed again to penance, (REFUSE TO REPENT AND TURN BACK TO GOD IN HUMILITY) crucifying again to themselves the Son of God, and making him a mockery.  For the earth that drinketh in the rain which cometh often upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is tilled, receiveth blessing (OFFERED-GRACES) from God.  But that which bringeth forth thorns and briers, is reprobate, and very near unto a curse, whose end is to be burnt.” ….(DAMMED) IF THEY DO NOT REPENT AND CONVERT amidst sufficient but nevertheless LESSING GRACES.)
DOUAY Catholic Bible explanation: “ “It is impossible”: The meaning is, that it is impossible for such as have fallen after baptism, to be again baptized; and very hard for such as have apostatized from the faith, after having received many graces, to return again to the happy state from which they fell.” (Not “impossible”, but because it would require great humility, very hard, very difficult.) End Quoted parts
In my dreams about this I sometimes envision our Protestant Brothers saying things like: “SEE!!! I told you so; or No-WAY they can be the One True Faith and Church”; or “huuumph! And THEY think THEY are better than US?” or, “If THEY really were God’s True Church GOD wouldn’t let them be so perverted; He would surely protect them better.”
And I think about the many week kneed, weak faith “catholics” wringing their hands, moaning and groaning;being more concerned about what others think of THEM, then oh yea, “my church.” Really thinking “Can OUR GOD actually allow this?” Or “man this Church STINKS like “hell”; I want no part of this! “I’m outa-here!”
Mt.7:13-15 “ Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat.  How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!  Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
Get a grip! “Truth” remains “The-Truth even” if no one agrees with it.”
“Truth” can (logically & morally) only be “objective”; (what it in reality is), and cannot logically or morally be made “subjective; (what one wish it was.)” Were this not clearly God’s “Truth”, Jesus couldn’t proclaim that He, Like His Church; are notable in singularly truths. (John 14:6)  Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and (=) the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.” And then ask US in John 8:46-47 “ Which of you shall convict me of sin? If I say the truth to you, why do you not believe me?  He that is of God, heareth the words of God. Therefore you hear them not, because you are not of God.” … Friends, this can logically, morally, and even biblically be read as ONLY there being only one GOD-Approved way; only one -BEST-way; and it’s not yours, and it certainly not mine either; only GODS WAY is BEST; and that one way hasn’t changed in 2,000 continuous; unabated years of “My Church” … (Mt. 16:18)  And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock “I will build (and PROTECT; it does not say that it’s a work in progress) “my church”, and the gates of hell shall not PREVAIL.” (It also does not say “will NOT be TESTED”.)
Christ was TESTED unto death; “DEATH upon the Cross” (in His human nature); Mary His Mother faced and PASSED a humongous “Faith Test,” standing in unwavering-FAITH at the foot of the Cross in a world gone crazy, intent on killing Her Innocent Sont; She accepted the Fate of Jesus, and like Him even forgave us for what we had done to Him. Saint Joseph after being told that his bride Mary was impregnated by GOD; accepted this mystery; but what must he have wondered when in (Luke chapter 2) we are told: “ And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn (that he HAD TO PERMIT his Wife to give birth to GOD in a CAVE.” What must he been thinking about that? What a TEST of his Faith; but very shortly thereafter Joseph’s Faith was vindicated in SPADES. (Luke chapter 2: 8-15) “ And there were in the same country shepherds (who like “little children” believed what they could not grasp logically) watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock.  And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people:  For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David.  And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying:  Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.” …  And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us.”
In these times of creped- moral decay “personified” by Priest, Bishops and even Cardinals “Princes of the RCC), we ought to be SHOCKED and dismayed. But we are to be ever mindful that GOD remains always Present and “in charge.” That the “Church” Herself, being the “Bride of Christ” cannot; that is, being literally incapable of sinning. As the “Bride of Christ”, Mother Church too is perfect.” So what some propose to do is abandon Jesus and His “Perfect Mother”, because of some (even “many in notoriety”); though not in so much so in number. Some have fabricated as an excuse seeking justification, for an inexcusable unconscionable act. How so? Where else do you propose to be able to literally meet GOD “face to face” while here on earth? The elementary tenet of Moral Theology is: “Never can two wrong s make a right.” You’re Creator God; Jesus in Person is in every reservation-tabernacle, in every Catholic Church throughout the entire world. Is your faith so weak that you can refuse to Trust God? Where can you turn and actually receive Jesus in Person in Catholic Holy Communion. THAT is what you’re considering giving up, to your shame.
Not a human Soul is Created that is not, has not, or will not be by our GOD; FAITH- tested…. The purification that the Roman Catholic Church is at present going through is the result of a sinister plot by Machiavellian-perverted-Satan controlled minds, aimed at accomplishing what others had failed to do; namely DESTROY Christ Catholic Church. Attempts have been made to do so for 2,000 years, and despite many duplicitous attempts, including the 16th. Century Protestant Revolution which were made to replace Her; all of them failed.
In the early parts of the 20th Century the Devil converted a genius or “two” and collectively they determined to try a NEW approach; ATTACK from within; not from without (alone that is), so this devious, twofaced, conniving group decided to plant priest within the Church and when enough of them had attained sufficient positions of POWER and AUTHORITY in order to be to RAM through their agendas they would put their Plan into action. Vatican II saw many of these fruits (no pun intended); OK, maybe just a bit of one, become Ripe. Somewhere along the line a second; and even more devious, and they think even more devastating plan was hatched, to ALSO plant as many homosexual priest and seminarians as they could muster (and MUSTER they DID), as evidenced by the now infamous “Mc Carrick Saga’s” now playing on the Net. What is, and yes, is likely to continue for a time to unfold. Know that this is and was no “accident”, no “coincidence”, not “mere happenstance.” This was a PLANNED full-fledged FRONTAL attack from within the ranks Mother Church; within the very bowels of the Bride of Christ. …. “SURELY this will sink the Old Girl.” But they got One Thing wrong. (DON’T YOU MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE), they thought; and they still think that they are in charge and have everything under control; and are as gleeful as pigs in mud. …. NOPE! God remains in complete charge. This may seem to us as a mysterious (even a weird) way for GOD to test America and in particular “American Catholics”; but is it really? NOPE!
There are 70,412,021 registered Catholics in the United States (22% of the US population) as of 2017, according to the American bishops’ count in their Official Catholic Directory 2016. End Quote (Slightly more than half of which voted for the National Candidate of the Democrat Party and its party Platform of Aborting and Gay “rights”; in Mortal sin., in the last Presidential election)
Quote: “The percent of U.S. Catholics who say the clergy sex abuse crisis has them questioning whether to leave the faith has jumped 15 points since the last major crisis in the early 2000s, a poll released Wednesday finds. Thirty-seven percent of Catholics told Gallup that “recent news about sexual abuse of young people by priests” has them personally questioning whether to remain Catholic, compared with 62 percent who said it had not (Washington Post)” End quote
Quote: “Since the early 1970s the percentage of the population counting itself as Catholic has remained stable at around 25 percent. But according to Pew, no other major faith has experienced greater net losses with 31.4 percent of U.S. adults saying they were raised Catholic and about one in 10 describing themselves as former Catholics.” End quote (That’s in excess of 3 MILLION likely lost Souls IF they don’t repent and convert..) Do you think “just maybe” that statistic has garnered God’s attention; and that he’s likely seeking retributions from Bishops, priest, religious and PARENTS (US) who failed to teach the Faith as He commands? This seems to me to be a safe bet; and I am not excluding myself from this.
GOOGLES tells me that there are RIGHT Now “
|331,950,826||Current population of the USA|
Not knowing how or having the time to check the veracity of the “10%” of the population claim to be “former catholics”….. So 30+% of Americans could have been; SHOULD BE, “Catholic.”…. (Maybe the MASTER Scheme IS working better than I (me here) thought. THAT”S HUGHE!!!!! (I confess I’m the ONLY fully-practicing Catholic remaining in MY family.)
God in order to “Be GOD” must be “Every good thing perfected.” As our Creator, and our GOD He has committed to OFFERING every human Soul “sufficient-grace” to merit our individual salvation. To those whom He actually call’s to the Catholic Priesthood, are OFFERED even more than just “sufficient” graces; making their sins abominations. But think about how the Father TESTED the humanity of Jesus; and how Jesus TESTED “Mom and pop.”…. Is the way we are being tested REALLY that much harder if a TEST? I think not. Bottom Line: Either God is (fully) in charge or we are; and the responsibility can’t be split or shared. AMEN!
So we ALL need to get past the “Booo -SOB SOB’s”; and to accept ALL the Graces God desires to OFFER us; increase our prayer and sacramental life, and get ourselves and ALL those we care about to heaven. Being an “IFPC” (Informed, Fully, Practicing Catholic) is the surest (and the ONLY-God-made; GOD-approved) way to accomplish that.
For our Protestant Brethren; well the Good news is that you TOO could be an “IFPC” and greatly increase your odds (yea I know this isn’t what you want to hear; BUT dear friends, it IS what you NEED to hear (and pray about.) Jesus didn’t BECAUSE Jesus CAN”T (because He promised that He never would and can’t lie) leave His One True Church: (Mt 28:18-20) QUOTED HERE FROM YOUR KING JAMES BIBLE:
Keeping in mind though that the Bible is a Catholic book assembled (OT) and authored (NT) by Catholics and at the time exclusively for Catholics:
King James Version
“19 Go ye (My Catholic Apostles and successors) therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: (My Catholic Apostles and their successors) and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” End Quoted
May Almighty God lead each of us to the place He desires we find and call “Home.”