Catholicism is like the baby. The Roman Catholic Institution is the dirty water in which the baby is bathed.
The challenge for those of us who treasure our ESSENTIAL CATHOLICISM is to keep the beautiful baby and throw away THE DIRTY WATER and replace it with CLEAN WATER.
I treasure my Catholicism.
I love the essentials of the Catholic Faith - the Bible, The Sacraments, The Mass. my Catholic spirituality, my Catholic prayer life, my vocation as a priest.
But I am THOROUGHLY OPPOSED to the Vatican as a power base and a political entity, the hijacking of the Church by the Hierarchy and Clerics and the various forms of corruption in which the RC Church is swimming - the abuse of power, the financial corruption and the sexual hypocrisy.
Of course, when we highlight and condemn these corruptions and abuses we are called "anti-Catholic" by the clerics with their vested interests and by their blind supporters among the laity - the "Holy Joe's" and "Holy Mary's" that you will see running around after the priests in most parishes in the land.
But they are the TRUE ANTI CATHOLICS - because they are enabling and supporting the corruption of true Catholicism.
True Catholicism is the same as True Christianity. It is to be true to the Church that Jesus Christ founded and intended.
It is about loving God and your neighbour. It is about believing in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is about faith and prayer and almsgiving. It is about Breaking Bread in memory of Him.
It's about feeding the hungry, giving the thirsty a drink, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, visiting prisoners and welcoming strangers into your home.
CATHOLICISM IS NOT:
About taking land off Benedito Mussolini in 1929 in order to create a "state".
About sending armies to kill other religions in Crusades.
About turning democracies into confessional Catholic states.
About abusing children.
About covering up abuse and hiding evidence in nunciatures and in Vatican vaults.
About burying 700 babies in septic tanks.
About forcing 450,000 men to deny their sexuality.
About keeping women as second-class citizens.
About denying the right to free speech.
About letting mothers die in childbirth.
About turning the priesthood into a gay club.
About turning seminaries into gay saunas.
So let the Hierarchs, Clergy, Holy Water Hens and Holy Joe's scream "anti-Catholic" at those of us who will no longer countenance these corruptions and abuses without speaking out.
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We speak out not because we "hate" anything.
We speak out because we love the Church Christ founded and intended - a Church that is being attacked and destroyed from within by those who profess to speak for Christ - but whose actions crucify Him all over again.