There is nothing that frustrates me more than those Catholics who are continuously engaged in highlighting all that is wrong with the Church; continually stressing why the Church’s teachings are unreasonable or incorrect; emphasising the need for the Church to conform to current popular opinion on a variety of subjects; accusing the Church leadership of being out of touch and draconian, while also making anecdotal pronouncements of them being guilty of bigotry, misogyny and a host of other offences.
On his Blog today, Fr Ray Blake, one of the bloggers I follow, makes a very interesting point about these dissidents. He says: “In the past we might have called them heretics, now we call them dissidents... The problem is that they remain to teach others to leap the fence, indeed, their role as "dissident" seems to give them importance in the secular world, and the "Liberal Catholic" establishment to comment on the Church and to condemn it.”
I must say that I often wonder why these dreadfully unhappy folks don’t go to a Christian denomination that does comply with all of their religious requirements and beliefs? After all, there are already so many Christian denominations out there, many of whom already have women ‘priests’, permit divorce, give the laity a right to vote for future leaders/ministers, agree with contraceptive use and with a woman’s right to choose abortion, to mention just a few examples.
Obviously one wants to encourage Catholics to stay united to the Church, but there must surely be a point at which one must weigh the cost of that continued unity. A point at which one asks of the person, why remain a Catholic if you intend to continue committing such treacherous acts? Why remain a Catholic if you cannot accept that: “The Lord made St. Peter the visible foundation of his Church. He entrusted the keys of the Church to him. The bishop of the Church of Rome, successor to St. Peter, is "head of the college of bishops, the Vicar of Christ and Pastor of the universal Church on earth".”[i]
You can read Fr Ray’s entire post, titled “Shooting And Breaking The Legs Of Sheep And Heretics”, on his Blog by following this link.