If you are a catholic blogger this post by Adrienne

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If you are a catholic blogger this post by Adrienne

is a must read:

Just as we Catholics love to accuse protes­tants of “church shop­ping”, there has never been a time in the Church’s his­tory that Catholics haven’t “priest shopped.” Want to use birth con­trol? Need an annul­ment? Keep look­ing and you will find a priest who will lend, per­haps tac­itly, a way for you to cir­cum­vent doctrine.

After you have fin­ished her first rate post don’t miss the excel­lent post by Robert Kumpel that she quoted:

We have had indi­vid­ual bish­ops and/​or the USCCB take posi­tions that suggest:

1) Com­pas­sion means look­ing the other way at ille­gal immigration

2) Com­pas­sion means legit­imiz­ing homosexuality

3) A politician’s posi­tion on abor­tion is unimportant

4) Envi­ron­men­tal con­cerns trump con­cern for the unborn

5) It is per­fectly per­mis­si­ble (or even laud­able) to vote for the most pro-​abortion pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in history

6) Ordain­ing women is inevitable

7) The Holy Father’s litur­gi­cal roadmap is flawed

EVERY ONE OF THESE POSI­TIONS IS A LIE.

Love means to desire what is good for oth­ers. We can dis­agree about what is good, but good­ness is built on the truth.

The biggest prob­lem of the church is not its doc­trine, it is those who par­tic­u­larly in posi­tions of author­ity who ignore, mis­rep­re­sent or teach it falsely for their own pride and/​or pop­u­lar­ity. When you have author­ity you are expected to use it, if you aren’t going to use it then you shouldn’t have it. The great church scan­dals of the last decade would have been avoid if Bish­ops and Car­di­nals did their jobs.

And I remind every­one that Catholi­cism is a totally vol­un­tary choice. If you want another church there are thou­sands of other out there. Lib­eral churches in par­tic­u­lar can use the bod­ies these days. If you don’t like Catholi­cism don’t be one.

is a must read:

Just as we Catholics love to accuse protestants of “church shopping”, there has never been a time in the Church’s history that Catholics haven’t “priest shopped.” Want to use birth control? Need an annulment? Keep looking and you will find a priest who will lend, perhaps tacitly, a way for you to circumvent doctrine.

After you have finished her first rate post don’t miss the excellent post by Robert Kumpel that she quoted:

We have had individual bishops and/or the USCCB take positions that suggest:

1) Compassion means looking the other way at illegal immigration

2) Compassion means legitimizing homosexuality

3) A politician’s position on abortion is unimportant

4) Environmental concerns trump concern for the unborn

5) It is perfectly permissible (or even laudable) to vote for the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in history

6) Ordaining women is inevitable

7) The Holy Father’s liturgical roadmap is flawed

EVERY ONE OF THESE POSITIONS IS A LIE.

Love means to desire what is good for others. We can disagree about what is good, but goodness is built on the truth.

The biggest problem of the church is not its doctrine, it is those who particularly in positions of authority who ignore, misrepresent or teach it falsely for their own pride and/or popularity. When you have authority you are expected to use it, if you aren’t going to use it then you shouldn’t have it. The great church scandals of the last decade would have been avoid if Bishops and Cardinals did their jobs.

And I remind everyone that Catholicism is a totally voluntary choice. If you want another church there are thousands of other out there. Liberal churches in particular can use the bodies these days. If you don’t like Catholicism don’t be one.