PRIESTS WITH THEOLOGY BUT NO FAITH
There are far too many priests in the Roman Catholic Church who know theology but they have no faith and never pray!
They are part of those larger group of so called "Christians" who happen to KNOW ALL ABOUT JESUS but who sadly DO NOT KNOW JESUS.
When I was growing up it was a very common sight to see priests praying. If I called into a church the priest would happen to be there praying.
When you were going to Mass you would see the priest praying his prayer book (breviary) walking around the church grounds.
After celebrating Mass the priest would come out to the pews and kneel for a while praying his thanksgiving after Mass.
HOW LONG IS IT SINCE YOU SAW YOUR PRIEST PRAYING?
This week I had an email from a student teacher in the Roman Catholic teacher training college - St. Mary's on Belfast's Falls Road. The young would be teacher told me that the priests she encountered seemed to have no faith and never pray. As she put it: "They talk about Jesus and faith but I never see them expressing their beliefs in prayer". She went on to say that the same priests: "Put a greater emphasis on man made church teaching than they do on the teachings of Jesus in the Bible".
Wise girl there. She is right. So many Roman priests now talk and preach Jesus but they appear to have no intimate relationship with Him and they are never discovered praying.
If a secret camera followed many priests for a month you would see clips of the priest -
- Eating fine meals.
- Drinking fine wines.
- Taking a siesta for a couple of hours in the afternoon.
- Bying a new car.
- Sleeping with their boyfriends (or occasionally with their girlfriends - most priests now are gay)
- In the betting office putting bets on the horses.
- Playing poker with fellow priests.
- Cruising gay cruising spots.
- Buying designer clothes.
A secret camera would rarely find the modern Roman cleric -
- On retreat.
- Visiting the sick.
- Visiting prisons.
- Visiting parishioners homes.
- Reading a spiritual or theology book.
- Cutting their own grass.
- Washing their own car.
- Washing their own clothes.
- Visiting POOR elderly people.
And this is one of the main reasons that the Roman Church is in crisis.
Its bishops and priests are men of little or no faith.
Its bishops and priests are men of little or no prayer.
Its bishops and priests are men of little or no charity and compassion.
A few years ago the controversial - but nonetheless prophetic - Sinead O'Connor was asked on a Sunday morning TV programme the question: "What is the biggest problem in the Roman Catholic Church"?
I thought she might answer with all kinds of comments on sexual abuse, compulsory celibacy, sexuality etc etc.
But her answer was astounding and profoundly true.
She said that the biggest problem in the Roman Catholic Church was that its bishops and priest had no faith and never prayed.
And that is the sad but absolute truth!