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The Problem with the Catholic Church Is… | #929

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Easter, 6th Sunday (C) We’ve had a decline in priests, and people coming to Mass, for many years. But it really hits home today as we say goodbye to the Saturday night Mass at St. Anthony. How can we stop the decline of the church in America? The problem is we are “plugged in” to everything but Jesus. If we Christians aren’t connected with Jesus, how can we help other people connect with him? (26 May 2019)

Going Deeper: Do a little unplugging this summer — and spend a little more time and effort connecting with Jesus.

Thank you Sue! [Image Credit]

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    Every time I meet a young priest I tell him that my faith goes stronger when I see today’s priests BECAUSE OF THEIR COURAGE They are facing so many strong adversities and riidicules. PRIEST ARE THE WINDOWS TO SEE GOD’S GOOD IN A WORLD OF CHAOS…..Today’s young, families are thirsty FOR GOD, AND FAITH …. NOT RELIGION ..The problen with the catholic religion is that IT FORGOT ABOUT JESUS & GOD’S MESSAGE OF LOVE TOWARDS HUMANITY AND HIS DESIRE OF LOVE FROM US…… THE RITUALS, THE INTERDICTIONS THE RULES, THE REGULATIONS ECLIPSED THE MAIN MESSAGE OF JESUS …. YOU READ THE NEW TESTAMENT … JESUS ALL HIS LIFE WAS COMPASSION AND NOT THE RITUALS ….. THERE ARE TWO PARISHES IN LAVAL AN ENGLISH AND A FRENCH —- EVERY SUNDAAY THERE ARE SEVERAL MASSES PACKED WITH 400-500 PEOPLE —- 80% YOUNG FAMILIES … THE PROBLEM IS NOT WITH THE CATHOLIC MESSAGE OF JESUS BUT THE HIERARCHY THAT FORGOT HOW TO TEACH IT …. SIMPLE JESUS DID NOT WTITE WITH WORDS ON PAPER …. JESUS WROTE ACTIONS OF LOVE IN THE HEART OF PEOPLE ……

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    Dear Father Jael …. you are ALMOST quite right to say that you lost faith in the catholic church ….. I DID ALSO …. someone made me realize that the CHURCH IS JESUS RESURRECTED WITHIN ALL THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM …. AND THE CHUCH IS NOT JUST THE CLERGY AND THE BISHOPS …. JESUS WOULD HAD TO BE THE FIRST ONE TO LOSE FAITH SINCE JUDAS SOLD HIM, EVEN PETER BETRAYED HIM AND THE APOSTLES ABANDONED HIM …. JESUS WANT TO PROVE THAT HE IS GOING TO WIN OVER EVIL EVEN WITH WEAK FRAIL HUMANS

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    Hey Father,

    Your podcast ministry is pretty awesome!! The way I see it, if Jesus embraced the prostitute, the criminal, the tax collector, the leper and the Samaritan woman who had many prior partners, then maybe he wants a relationship with me too, even though I’m a sinner and I often mess things up. Although I believe that Jesus still wants me, despite everything, I know that the Church does not. As I began to know myself as a teenager and then later as a young adult, I realized that the Church rejected me and expected me to lie about, and hide how God created me.

    So if I want to keep my self-worth and mental health, I have to unplug the Church, but plug into Jesus instead.

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      Sean thanks for sharing! You’ll find yourself with lots of company. Many people agree with you that plugging into Jesus means disconnecting from the Church. Not only is it popular today, but many people throughout history have held this view. I believe that Jesus and the Catholic Church are still intimately connected with each other. The Church teachings that have been hardest for me to accept have turned out to be the most fruitful in my life. Jesus keeps revealing to me ways that I listen to other voices besides His and allow myself to be defined apart from Him. Letting go of those other voices leaves me feeling very poor. But also incredibly free and rich in Him. God be with you, brother.

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