We are in the midst of a major reports continuing to be released. It anyone, especially the victims, in crisis in the Catholic Church. When I began my studies for the priesthood in 2002, the first wave of the sexual abuse scandal took place in Boston. Now, the second wave is currently taking place. This has brought about so much anger, not just from the hearts of the lay faithful, but also from priests and bishops as well. It is a tragedy to hear about the various is painful beyond words! It makes one very angry and sick to the stomach. It makes one feeling very disgusted and betrayed. So manye involved became innocent victims.

It would be understandable for anyone, especially the victims, to have a great difficulty attending Holy Mass because a priest is involved. It would be understandable for having difficulty going to confessions because a priest is involved. It would be understandable for anyone, especially the victims, who may have difficulty coming to the Catholic Church because Cardinals, Bishops and priests are involved.

We all need to pray for reparation and for purification of the Church! All will be involved in rebuilding the Church, not just the Holy See, not just the Bishops, but all. And we all can begin with fidelity to Our Lord Himself! He is the One who is going to rebuild the Church. He is the One who is going to ask us to cooperate with Him. He is the One who is going to continue to give us the grace we need for healing and for the strength to be able to move forward.

He is not going to change the means of how He’s giving His flesh to eat and His blood to drink. He will continue to do so as He originally instituted, through His priests. Even if the priest has gone astray, and he no longer believes in the Eucharist, the Lord continues to give His flesh to eat and His blood to drink through His priest at Holy Mass.

In the 8th century, a priest after pronouncing the words of consecration had a strong temptation to doubt the Real Presence of Jesus. Before his startled eyes, the Sacred Host visibly changed into Flesh. The consecrated wine was transformed into bright red Blood, coagulating into five small clots, different in form and size.

Four authentications have been performed throughout the centuries, but the last verification, ordered by the Holy See in 1970, is the most scientifically complete. Microscopic studies document that:

1.The Flesh is real human flesh and the Blood is real human blood.

2. The Flesh is composed of cardiac muscular tissue, having no trace whatsoever of any materials or agents used for preservation of flesh.

3. Both the Flesh and Blood belong to the same blood type.

4. The proteins in the Blood are in the same proportions as those found in normal flesh blood.

This “on-going” miracle is visible even to this day; one can see it in Lanciano, Italy.

That’s only one of the many Eucharistic miracle stories; one can go to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, AL and visit the St. John Paul II Eucharistic Center to learn more about the Eucharistic miracle stories throughout various parts of the world.

Despite the major crisis we are experiencing now, the Lord does not quit in feeding His flock; He is the Good Shepherd who laid down His life for us all; and He continues to shepherd His people. We need the Lord more than ever! We need the Lord more desperately now to strengthen us and to enable us to be healed and to go forward from where we are and to feed us with His Body and Blood so that we may remain in Him and He in us and so that we may have eternal life as He promised!

It would be understandable to want to leave the Catholic Church during this time. Don’t! We need the Lord Himself more than ever now. It is hard what we are going through right now. It is hard to hear the hard truths about what has happened in the Church. We pray none of us would leave the Lord like what happened 2000+ years ago. We pray none of us would leave Him like those people who left Him after He revealed the hard truth about the Bread of Life, the Eucharist! Let’s ask the Apostles to pray for the Church and for us all that we may remain with the Lord who has the words of everlasting life.

– Fr. Miguel Marie, MFVA

 

9 thoughts on “The Crisis in the Catholic Church

  1. Dear Friars,
    I have been following NC Register a lot recently, and find some of its articles pretty toxic, as well as many the comments it attracts.
    I believe you are closely connected to EWTN which owns NC Register. This isn’t a criticism of you Friars, but I strongly believe you should be challenging NC Register. Not just because of their toxic articles (and yes they have very good ones as well – but the toxic ones are unacceptable) but also for giving AB Channel to petition Pope Francis to resign.
    I consider myself a *Moderate Catholic. And am getting fed up of ‘Conservative’ Catholic media such as NC Register as much as I am of ‘Liberal’ Catholic media that promotes homosexuality, women priests and so on in the Church. I consider St Francis of Assisi a moderate Catholic (although zealous in his love for God and carrying out his will). And I urge you to challenge NC Register over some / much of their subtly negative content (more in tone rather than doctrine) – to encourage them to be more moderate and generous and merciful and empathetic and unifying and hopeful in what they write. That you challenge them in a positive way, like St Francis challenged those in the Church and those around him. I strongly believe they need to be challenged. I just find them a bit out of control.

    *Moderate Catholic: 100% Conservative on doctrine – regarding all sex outside marriage as a sin and contraception as a sin, opposed to women priests, and so on, 100% loyal to the sacred office of the Pope although not blindly so and to Church unity, opposed to Marxism and Extreme Raw Capitalism based on greed, but not moderate capitalism based on worth ethic, vehemently opposed to abortion and capital punishment, supporter of both Vernacular and Latin Mass, supporter of Progress outside doctrine if it is the will of The Holy Spirit, and so on – hope you get the picture).

    God bless.
    P.S. Because I am now challenging what I regard as semi toxic Conservatism in the Catholic Church, I am also going to do the same with Liberalism in the Church which i think just as bad and dangerous but for different (and similar) reasons.

  2. There isn’t anything Catholic that is conservative or liberal, there is Truth and Mercy. Conservatism and Liberalism are politic not Faith. The Gospels are clear. The Old Testament is a testament to God’s relationship with man. It is also clear. What was spoken was about the consequences of disobedience and rebellion in the Story is clear. Persons who live by the tenets of the Catholic Faith are not conservative they are Catholic. They are steadfast, prudent, and don’t spin, parse, or update the Word of God Who can neither deceive nor be deceived. Uncovering the truth about rampant deception in our Holy Church was the work of Saints of old and is as necessary now as then. Opinions can certainly appear and be toxic but the Truth is not an opinion.

  3. Mr. Ed: Like you, I consider myself a moderate Catholic as you define it except that I think every Catholic should do at least an hour a week in Eucharistic Adoration and monthly confession. Myself being a victim of physical assault and protracted humiliations by a teaching religious order of sisters, I understand-dare I say all too well-toxic environments and communication. I sometimes read the NCR, preferring CNA instead, and am unsure what you are referring to as toxic. So, if you could clarify, that would probably be helpful to the friars and the editors of NCR. Thank you. I enjoyed reading your post.

  4. @Maureen,

    I’m sorry for your personal experience. I was at a boarding school and my housemaster – a Catholic priest – is now a convicted paedophile (this man was like father and mother to me when I was away boarding, the adult most responsible for me at this time). I remember the man came into our showers when I was stark naked. Fortunately, nothing happened to me. But I have particular empathy for victims of abuse. But I want them to receive proper justice, and not have some in the Church use the abuse scandal as a way of getting at Pope Francis for other reasons.
    (I’d also like to add, another priest in charge of me, at another time at the same school, was one of the holiest people I’ve ever met. A lovely man. Humble. Humorous. And a great Catholic priest).

    Been away on holiday and the articles I was thinking of have disappeared. I’ll try and do another informal survey and get back with more details with what I mean. But the gist:
    1) First and foremost, the attack on Pope Francis. Again, I believe the Church authorities need to be challenged – and challenged hard – but not like this. Something schismatic about it all.
    2) Lot of focus on attacking liberalism in the Church, but in a kind of gnostic, slightly (subtly) demonising way. Yes, homosexuality is a sin, and sin can lead to Hell (God forbid) and we have to stand up for Catholic doctrine. But we also have to encourage people back to the rules of the Church. Encouraging others can be just as hard as defending the truth and just as important.

    As I said before, there are a lot of good articles on NC Register. But some of them are a bit toxic in my view, giving me the same kind of uncomfortable feeling I get when I read Catholic, liberal articles on other websites. But I’ll try and get back with more details, perhaps on a case by case basis.

  5. OK, take the article, ‘There are Hopeful Signs from Rome, But Stay Vigilant’

    – There is no respect paid to the sacred office of the Papacy in this article (at least do that whilst challenging the Pope, and if you’re going to challenge the Pope, there are lots of ways of doing it without having to resort to a public website, like airing your dirty linen).
    – All the focus is on Pope Francis. Nothing is said of Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul II. If you’re going to be comprehensive in your analysis, then you have to be focus on Benedict and JPII as well. Not to do so is scapegoating Pope Francis.
    – No mention is made of how easy it is for anger to slip into schism / doom and gloom. It is extremely dangerous to challenge the Pope (not Jorge Mario Bergoglio but the sacred office he holds). And you have to be very, very careful how to do it (it can have all kinds of unintended consequences). If you’re going to do it, then make sure you learn from the saints how to do, above all, like St Catherine of Sienna when she challenged the Church authorities.

    Do people really think St Catherine of Sienna, St Francis of Assisi or St Theresa of Avila would approve of the way this Pope is being challenged? No. I really think they’d be quite angry. Yes, they would say it is absolutely right to challenge Church authorities (and we must when necessary). But in the right, appropriate way. This is NOT it. There is just something schismatic and petulant about it all. I might be wrong. But more and more, that is how it seems to me.

  6. Lastly, for now, where are all the articles praising some of the great things Francis has done. Like the way he’s TRYING hard to meet ordinary people in their ordinary lives and in their sin (like Christ and St Francis did, and unlike so many Popes before who remained cooped up in their ivory towers). It’s not easy doing that. The way he’s trying to emphasise mercy. It’s not easy doing that. And he’s got a lot wrong too.

    But for so long, the Catholic Church (at least the Vatican) has been seen as aloof and pompous. That it is strong on rules but weak on following up with encouragement (encouraging people to follow the rules). And so on. I think, so often, Christ asks us to carry two crosses together. One cross, for example, is to proclaim that truth (that sin is real, the devil is real, Hell is real – scary things like that). But the other cross, that goes with this, is to encourage people to follow the truth – not just through fear of Hell but above all by us developing a relationship with God, as individuals and a members of the Church, above all, through the sacraments. And in order to do this, we have to encourage – through humour, friendship, listening, and just support in general. That cross is just as difficult as the cross of proclaiming the truth (we might call this cross ‘soft love’ and the other cross ‘tough love’ – but both crosses are equally important and difficult to bear).

    I think Francis is trying re-balance the Church so that is resembles more the early, humble Church that wasn’t aloof and pompous. Sure, he’s mistakes (a lot of mistakes). But you have to acknowledge what he’s done right, otherwise you’re just demonising him. And I’m afraid a lot of ‘Conservative’ media, especially, in the USA, are demonising Pope Francis. And I think some of this, perhaps, a lot of this has to do with politics (the very divisive nature of politics in the USA, contaminating Catholicism, to a degree, in the USA, just like socialism has contaminated Catholicism to a degree in other parts of the world, including here in Europe).

    Again, I might be wrong (and happy to stand corrected!).

    (Although European, politically, I’m Conservative / Republican).

  7. Lastly, just to really rock the boat, where are all the articles in NC Register attacking Capital Punishment. For most people over here in Europe, including Catholics, Capital Punishment in the USA is completely indefensible – both barbaric and immoral, and a curse on your great country. I fully support NC Register attacking / challenging abortion (and contraception etc) but if they’re going to do that, them they have to attack / challenge Capital Punishment as well. For most people over here in Europe, Capital Punishment is systemic murder. And yet where are all the articles on this? I haven’t seen any. But I see lots and lots of articles attacking Pope Francis.

    Also, there’s lots of articles on NC Register attacking socialism. I quite a agree, socialism needs to be challenged. But where are all the articles challenging raw, pagan capitalism based on greed (as opposed to moderate, more-Christian-like capitalism based on work ethic). Instead of articles on this, we get lots of articles challenging Pope Francis ..
    If NC Register is going to be radical in challenging Pope Francis, then it has to be radical in challenging everything else as well, and not cherry-picking. I’m making a big deal out of this because I think attacking the Head of the Catholic Church is a big deal.

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