Rod Dreher has been on a roll about the church scandals and reports on Melinda Henneberger who has left the church over it:
No one can accuse me of being hasty. But after a lifetime of stubborn adherence on my part and criminal behavior on yours, your excellencies, you seem to have finally succeeded in driving me away. I’m not even sure there’s such a thing as a former Catholic, but I’m about to find out.
My hopes for this Baltimore confab weren’t ever high, because fool me 6,000 times, shame on you. But that 6,001st time, well, I’m just all out of willingness to be conned into believing you — who’ve so long seen the devastation of innocents principally as a PR problem — are ever going to change.
Like others who’ve had more than enough of your betrayals and arrogance and perpetual surprise about having coddled child rapists, I haven’t been back to Mass since June.
You may cut your ties with your dysfunctional family, and move away from them, but you don’t forget them. You can’t forget them. You mourn for them, maybe, and you want to see Dad get treatment and everything to work out. But you know you have to get out of that maelstrom before it sucks you under.
Readers, I don’t want to have a thread on whether or not someone should leave the Catholic Church. What I would like to hear are stories from Catholics who did leave, and Catholics who thought seriously about leaving, but who chose to stay.
No arguments, just stories. Got it? No arguments, no hostile judgments on those who left or those who stayed. Just tell your story. I won’t publish argumentative statements.
It’s a pretty interesting piece but as he didn’t want argument in comments I figured I’d respect his request and make my case here and it’s a simple one that I’ve made before
There is one primary reason to be a Christian in general and a Catholic in particular: BECAUSE IT’S TRUE!
If the Doctrines of the Faith are false. If there is no such thing as God the father who created heaven and earth. If Jesus Christ wasn’t conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, didn’t suffer under Pontius Pilate, wasn’t crucified, died and was buried. If he didn’t descend into hell;
and on the third day rise again from the dead. If he didn’t ascended into heaven, and isn’t seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty and thus will not come to judge the living and the dead…
…then it the end doesn’t matter if the Catholic Church has a Saintly Pope who gives great advice on how to live in peace with your fellow man, or devout nuns giving shining examples of service and scandal free priests counseling people do to fine things and providing public role models for youth. In the end the Catholic Church would just be an Elk’s club that meets on Saturday Afternoons or Sunday mornings and has no more eternal significance to your life and soul as any than any other club full of nice people who do good things.
If however the Doctrines of the church ARE true. If God the Father Almighty IS the Creator of heaven and earth. IF Jesus Christ IS His only Son and our Lord. If he WAS conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. If he DID descend into hell and on the third day He rose again from the dead. If he ascended into heaven, and IS seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty and WILL will come to judge the living and the dead…
…Then it doesn’t matter if at this particular time in the Catholic Church’s long history we have a bad pope, nuns more interested mother earth than the blessed mother, some clergy and bishops who have abused their positions sexually and other bishops and Cardinals too cowardly and or corrupt to stop them. The doctrines and the Sacraments and the Scripture are still the true path to eternal life and worth sticking with even if those currently overseeing them aren’t.
Peter had it right when he answered Christ’s question:
“Do you also want to leave?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
I can’t think of anything more pleasing to Satan than the idea that it’s an acceptable response for a good faithful Catholic to Clergy committing or covering up heinous mortal sin is to give up the mass the Sacraments, the Eucharist due to a justified outrage at these actions….
….and thus put oneself into mortal sins of a more subtle and less heinous but are just as deadly to the soul.
I’ll say it one more time, the best way for a faithful prayerful Catholic to deal with the current crisis in the church is to continue to be a faithful prayerful Catholic