Originally posted by hotpinkurinalmint
I know many Catholics are extremely upset by what the Church is doing (or not doing) regarding abused children. Many Catholics may have left the
church. Others may continue to stick with the Church, despite their disgust, because for one reason or another the pros outweigh the cons. I am not
interested in what these Catholics have to say.
I am interested in Catholics who more or less are sticking with the church and support it.
If I didn't know better, I would think you were calling me out with this thread.
My explanation of why I still support the Church and will always do so, no matter how horrible the scandals she is involved in can best be explained
by discussing the human and divine elements in the Church.
The Church's divine nature nature makes her the sole dispenser of grace
in this world through
the sacraments. Only through the Church can I receive absolution fo my sins through confession, final forgiveness and peace in dying through extreme
unction and ultimately, only through the Church can I find my ultimate
For this reason, I will always be a loyal Catholic, believing what the Church has taught throughout the ages.
Now, the Human Element of the Church is a different matter.
The Pope, bishops, priests, religious and lay people of the Church all make up the Human Element of the Church. We all strive for holiness through the
Church and we all, at times, fail miserably. We are all fallible human beings with an inclination toward
which causes us to want things we should not. We are weak human beings prone to
errors in judgement. Often, through moral weakness or outright malice we tend to do wrong, just like everyone else in the world.
When the Human Element of the Church does wrong, I become angered and disappointed at the individual doing wrong but, I never lose my faith in the
Church as a holy institution.
The following article explains this idea further:
Human and divine elements in the Church
Just as in Christ there are two natures, both a human and a divine one, so by analogy we can refer to the presence in the Church of human and divine
elements. No one can fail to see the human part. The Church, in this world, is for men, who are its raw material. And when we speak of men we speak of
freedom, which permits the co-existence of grandeur and meanness, of heroism and failure.
If we were to focus only on the human side of the Church, we would never understand her. We would still be distant from the threshold of her central
mystery. Sacred Scripture uses many terms derived from everyday life to describe God's kingdom and its presence among us in the Church. It compares
her to a sheepfold, to a flock, to a house, to a seed, to a vine, to a field in which God plants or builds. But one expression stands out and sums up
all the rest: the Church is Christ's body.
I would also like you to consider that even if human failings were to outnumber acts of valour, the clear undeniable mystical reality of the Church,
though unperceived by the senses, would still remain. The Church would still be the Body of Christ, Our Lord himself, the action of the Holy Spirit
and the loving presence of the Father.
The Church is, therefore, inseparably human and divine. It is a divine society in origin, and supernatural in its aim and in the means that are
directly ordered to this end. But in so far as it is made up of men, it is a human community. It lives and acts in the world, but its goal and
strength are not here but in heaven.
Read more: Source
I would like to know what you are thinking. Do you think the media is being unfair? Do you think the media is blowing things out of proportion? Do
you think the media has ulterior motives?
Yes, I do think the media is being unfair by blowing up this scandal way out of proportion. They have greatly exaggerated the problems and fail to see
that Pope Benedict XVI has been doing everything in his power to fight the sex abuse problem within the Church since he came in to office.
The following are some of my threads chronicling what the Church is doing in the face of these scandals and showing the true scope of the problem:
Prelate: Church Has No Hiding Place for Pedophiles
The Myth of Pedophile Priests
Catholic Church Sex Scandal & Celibacy
The Church's Strict Patrol Against Pedophilia
Pedephile Bishop Weakland Commissioned Bronze Relief of Himself for Cathederal
Catholic sexual abuse not a result of homosexuality? I say B.S.
JP II prevented then-Cardinal Ratzinger from prosecuting molesting priests
Deaf Boys Tried to Tell of Priest’s Abuse - No One Listened
And finally, evidence that the US may be covering up a massive sex abuse scandal in our own public schools which may dwarf all of the problems of the
Conspiracy of Silence: US Public Schools sex abuse goes unreported and unpunished
[edit on 4/9/10 by FortAnthem]