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.