In response to every single Blog, I write I get called "anti-Catholic" by a predictable number of comment makers - many of whom are obviously priests - and members of the Catholic Clerical Club.
I am tired saying that I am not "anti-Catholic" but rather I am anti the widespread corruption that has invaded the Roman Catholic Institution.
|MY ORDINATION PIC - PENETCOST SUNDAY 1976|
I have wanted to be a Catholic priest since I was 4 years old. This year I am 41 years a Catholic priest and I love being a priest today more than I did when I started out.
For me being a priest is about TWO BASIC THINGS - 1. Having a close relationship with God through prayer and reflection and 2. Being available to serve God's People 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Of course being a priest is rooted in being a Christian - a follower of Jesus Christ - and trying to live, as best you can, as Christ lived.
When I look at the life and teachings of Jesus I see two things:
1. The Jesus who came to comfort the disturbed.
2. The Jesus who came to disturb the comfortable.
Jesus was a HEALER and also a REVOLUTIONARY.
He said himself:
"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. (Matthew 10:34).
Every disciple of the Lord is called upon to be a healer and a revolutionary - to comfort the disturbed and to disturb the comfortable.
And for me, that involves working towards the much-needed revolution in the Roman Catholic Institution which has wandered very far away from Christ and his teachings.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CATHOLICISM:
I am A Catholic Christian and I am not and do not want to be a "Protestant" or any other kind of Christian.
The things I love about the Catholic tradition are:
1. The strong view of God as Trinity.
2. The Bible (properly interpreted - not literally interpreted) - especially the New Testament.
3. The Seven Sacraments.
4. The original and good theology of priesthood as service.
5. The centrality of the Eucharist and the belief that Jesus Christ is truly present.
6. The (rational) writings of the Church Fathers.
7. Liturgical ceremony and symbolism.
8. The recognition of the role Mary played in Redemption - but without making her a "goddess".
9. The example and writings of many of the saints.
10. The priest's Breviary.
There are many others.
WHAT I DISLIKE ABOUT INSTITUTIONAL ROMAN CATHOLICISM:
1. The development of the Hierarchy into middle ages monarchism.
2. The dysfunctional-ism of Vatican centralism.
3. The development of the male, patriarchal Clerical Club.
4. The almost universal exclusion of women.
5. The dysfunctional and harmful Roman Catholic view of human sexuality.
6. Compulsory celibacy for clergy.
7. The horrible things done in Roman Catholic institutional history.
8. The vastness of Vatican and church wealth.
9. The alignment of the RC Institution with the establishment and with States.
10. The RC brainwashing that has ruined the lives of countless of millions.
11. The absolute arrogance of the current Hierarchy.
12. The hypocrisy in the Church and priesthood about sex with bishops and priests living promiscuous sex lives while demanding chastity of all others.
13. The vile sexual and other abuse of children, women, and men.
14. The systematic cover up of all this abuse.
15. The widespread dysfunction in seminaries perpetrated by staff and seminarians.
There are many others.
Quite simply, my point is this:
I am NOT anti-Catholic.
I AM anti Catholic abuse and corruption.
I write this today to RESTATE my position.
I know I will be attacked by "MY MOTHER RIGHT OR WRONG" Catholics.
And those most in the attack will be those among the clergy who want to preserve the Clerical Club and those who want to inhabit the dark places they inhabit inside and outside of the seminaries.
It's really a battle between TRUTH and LIES
And between REFORM and THE STATUS QUO.