There exists, today, an interesting parallel between Rome and the U.S. government. Both have become thoroughly corrupt from within.
Both have been the subject of bashing and truth telling for a very long time. And all of it is true.
Yes, Barack Obama IS evil and intent on destroying our country. Yes, 99 percent of our politicians are corrupt and riding along on the Obama bandwagon.
Yes, Jorge Bergoglio and his handler, Joseph Ratzinger—are child molesters and traffickers. Yes. there ARE satanic rituals going on in the Vatican.
Sadly, there isn't much that fundamentalists can say about the "Catholic Church" today that isn't true.
Before you go running to your nearest Protestant church (and they've become just as corrupt), stop and think about it all for a minute.
As evil as our government is, there are thousands of patriots still alive in the USA who are fighting to preserve our Constitution. In the midst of all the evil, there is purity. The concepts upon which our country was established haven't gone anywhere.
Likewise, the Catholic Church that Christ established 2,000 years ago still exists.
BLACK PATENT LEATHER SHOES
Many a baby boomer's excuse for leaving the Catholic Church is that Sr. Mary Meantome or Father Imajerk were not walking saints.
Everybody’s got a sob story.
“Sr. Helen Handslapper put me in the clothes closet because I was talking in class!”
“Fr. Edward Eartwister made me kneel in the corner!”
“Sr. Nancy Knucklewrapper smacked my knuckles with a ruler!”
Oh BOO HOO, WAAH, WAAH!
Get over it.
Religious are sinners, too, and what they do is between them and God; they—llike the rest of us— will answer for their sins.
Perhaps, our nuns' delivery may have been a little rough, but has it ever occurred to you whiners out there that we were being prepared for spiritual battle? We were taught the values necessary for heaven: humility, sacrifice and a love for our Savior.
We weren't dragged to Mass every morning before class because our teachers had nothing better to do. We were lucky enough to receive the Blessed Sacrament daily for the strength and graces we needed to live a good life—and to show us where our priorities should be.
In addition, our catechesis (and general education) was outstanding. There isn’t one child out there today, raised in a Novus Ordo Catholic school, who can hold a candle to the religious education that we received before 1960.
I wish I had a dollar for every Novus Ordo "Catholic student" today who doesn’t even know how to say the rosary.
TIP TOE, THROUGH THE HYPOCRITES
Are there Traditional Catholics who are self-righteous hypocrites and gossips?
Are there Traditional Catholic priests who are just one big, fat disappointment?
As for you "Trads" who think that you are "all that" because you're in the Traditional Church, y'all need to turn your bad self back around in church when you're checking out all the "sinners," take a look at yourself in the mirror (from God's perspective), and yank that fat 'ol plank outta your eye.
No matter what religion you choose, all are made up of people, and people are just that—people. There are holy Catholics and there are holy (though misguided) Protestants. Likewise, there are sinful Protestants and there are sinful Catholics.
It's all about being human and has absolutely nothing to do with the church to which someone belongs. If a self-righteous Protestant decides to become a Catholic, chances are, he or she will be a self-righteous Catholic, too.
So even if every Traditional Catholic on the planet is a hypocrite, that's no excuse for leaving the true Faith. Be the first one to break the mold—and pray for them.
FRIDAY ISN'T FRY DAY ANYMORE
Another common complaint is the rules. "God doesn't care if you eat meat on Friday!"
No, he probably doesn't. But the reason we are told to fast, not just on Fridays but on Ember Days and the eve before holy days, is because fasting makes us holy; fasting works miracles. Did Christ not fast for 40 days? What better example to follow!
And it teaches us self-sacrifice, something that most of us in our comfortable lifestyles often forget about. Everyone is so "busy" these days and as much as we relish our technology, it is that very thing that has us in shackles. Being able to do everything "in the blink of an eye" gives us more time to do more "stuff." This keeps our minds preoccupied with earthly things leaving little time for God.
There are those who resent having to dress modestly for Mass, to be forced to wear our Sunday best instead of comfortable "going to the ballpark" attire. Each time we have to pass over those enticing jeans in the drawer to find the pantyhose; each time we have to put on a tie, it reminds us that Mass is special. Would you go to a wedding in jeans? People (mostly us women!) sometimes spend weeks preparing for what we're going to wear to a wedding. Why isn't coming before the Blessed Sacrament even more special?
In summary, all those HORRIBLE things that the mean old Church makes us do are to stretch us—to keep us on track. They're not a bunch of bullies who just want to push us around. Just maybe, those who complain the most are those who need it the most.
WHO FOUNDED YOUR CHURCH?
Many disillusioned Catholics abandoned their faith and went “shopping” for something—like a new pair of shoes— that "felt more comfortable." The following are the founders of the many churches in existence, today:
- Lutheran: Martin Luther, an ex-priest of the Catholic Church, 1517
- Church of England/Anglican: King Henry VIII by royal mandate in 1534, because the Pope could not allow him to divorce his wife Catherine of Aragon and re-marry
- Episcopalian: an offshoot of the Church of England, by Samuel Seabury in the 17th century
- Presbyterian: John Knox, in Scotland, 1560
- Congregationalist: Robert Browne, in Holland, 1582
- Baptist: John Smyth, in Amsterdam, 1605
- Methodist: John and Charles Wesley, in England, 1744
- LDS or Mormon: Joseph Smith Jr., in Palmyra, NY, 1829
- Salvation Army: William Booth, in London, 1865
- Christian Scientist: Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy, 1879
- Church of Scientology: L. Ron Hubbard in Washington DC, 1952
- Seventh Day Adventist, Mrs. Ellen Gould White, 1860
- Mennonite: Menno Simons, a Catholic priest who joined conservative Anabaptist wing
- Amish: Jacob Amman, 1693
- Novus Ordo Catholic: Communist heretics, 1960s
- Traditional Catholic: Jesus Christ, 33 AD
SO WADDYA DO?
If you're one of those Ordos who hates the Vatican II changes but just can't get past the "pope thing" (and if you still can't, you're not following my columns on the ITCCS ) (1), find a Traditional Catholic Church and go; you'll never go back to the Novus Ordo again.
If you're a "Trad" and discouraged by the leadership in a parish, do some reading; immerse yourself in the truly holy of yesteryear. It will lift your spirit and get you back on track if you feel yourself drifting.
Some good ideas: "Three Ages of the Interior Life" (5) (not for the timid!), St. Francis de Sales, (6) Padre Pio, (7) Teresa of Avila, (8) Therese of Lisieux, (9) "Frequent Confession," (10) and when you've REALLY gotten your feet wet, give John of the Cross (11) a try.
It is not at all uncommon that different saints will appeal to different people. That just has to do with our personalities and what type of guidance we seek. If St. Francis de Sales doesn't "speak to you," try Padre Pio. Before long, you will find your niche and become ravenous for more.
Whatever you do, don't throw the baby out with the holy water! The devil fills us with despair to drive us away from the sacraments—kind of like Michael Bloomberg and our guns.
Keep focused on Christ and the many graces he wants so desperately to give us, graces available only through the valid sacraments that he instituted 2000 years ago.