“I can’t deal with the Catholic Church anymore.” “There is too much scandal and corruption.” “The Church is full of hypocrites and I’m leaving.”
We have all heard these comments from fellow Catholics (or maybe even pondered them ourselves). It is not difficult to find instances of scandal and corruption within the Church. For faithful Catholics, it can sometimes become exhausting to read about the human failures of lay and religious leaders. Maybe it would be easier to leave. Maybe we should “stick it to the man” and get out.
The Venerable Bishop Fulton Sheen reflected upon this concern among Catholics:
“The Church is like Noah’s ark that was full of both clean and unclean animals. It must have had an unholy smell, and yet it was carrying eight persons to salvation. The world today is tearing up the photographs of a good society, a good family, a happy individual personal life. But the Church is keeping the negatives. And when the moment comes when the world wants a reprint, we will have them.”
Imagine life on Noah’s ark. Confined spaces; animals that want to eat each other; the sounds; the smells; a constant 40-day storm rocking the boat; seasickness; family in close proximity. Who would ever want to experience such an episode?
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