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Why Stay Catholic?

a response to the abuse scandal

in your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence

The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version; Second Catholic Edition.
(San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2006), 1 Peter 3:15.

Why be Catholic when there is so much going on in the world within the Church that reveals that Christians are sinners and can be hypocrites or can still struggle with their faith. Should this cast a shadow on all the tremendous good done by Christians over 2000 years?  The Catholic Church is and always will be holy even though her members will always struggle with sin.   The Church is holy not because of her members but because it was instituted by God for salvation.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix continues to addressed this terrible wound of sexual abuse.  Bishop Olmsted speaks to us on this website here.

Restore Dignity - Giving Hope
Events in Phoenix to help victims of abuse

Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR)
This new website by the USCCB went online March 16, 2020.
"This service has been created to gather and relay reports of sexual misconduct involving bishops of the United States, and reports of their intentional interference in a sexual abuse investigation. If you wish to report any other kind of misconduct by a bishop, please contact your local diocese or eparchy instead." 
Read more here  CBAR

Apostolic Letter Issued Motu Proprio
by the Supreme Pontiff

on May 7 2019

Vos Estis Lux Mundi

Available online in the following languages
DE  - EN  - ES  - FR  - IT  - PL  - PT  - ZH_CN  - ZH_TW ]

Here is an excerpt from the beginning of the letter:

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Mt 5:14). Our Lord Jesus Christ calls every believer to be a shining example of virtue, integrity and holiness. All of us, in fact, are called to give concrete witness of faith in Christ in our lives and, in particular, in our relationship with others.

The crimes of sexual abuse offend Our Lord, cause physical, psychological and spiritual damage to the victims and harm the community of the faithful. In order that these phenomena, in all their forms, never happen again, a continuous and profound conversion of hearts is needed, attested by concrete and effective actions that involve everyone in the Church, so that personal sanctity and moral commitment can contribute to promoting the full credibility of the Gospel message and the effectiveness of the Church’s mission. This becomes possible only with the grace of the Holy Spirit poured into our hearts, as we must always keep in mind the words of Jesus: “Apart from me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5). Even if so much has already been accomplished, we must continue to learn from the bitter lessons of the past, looking with hope towards the future.

This responsibility falls, above all, on the successors of the Apostles, chosen by God to be pastoral leaders of his People, and demands from them a commitment to follow closely the path of the Divine Master. Because of their ministry, in fact, Bishops, “as vicars and legates of Christ, govern the particular churches entrusted to them by their counsel, exhortations, example, and even by their authority and sacred power, which indeed they use only for the edification of their flock in truth and holiness, remembering that he who is greater should become as the lesser and he who is the chief become as the servant” (Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, 27). What more closely concerns the successors of the Apostles concerns all those who, in various ways, assume ministries in the Church, or profess the evangelical counsels, or are called to serve the Christian People. Therefore, it is good that procedures be universally adopted to prevent and combat these crimes that betray the trust of the faithful.

I desire that this commitment be implemented in a fully ecclesial manner, so that it may express the communion that keeps us united, in mutual listening and open to the contributions of those who care deeply about this process of conversion.

Therefore, I decree:   Read more on the Vatican website then select the translation language you prefer.

I hope this video may give you some insights and help you or someone you love. 

WATCH: Fr. Josh explains what he said when a man confronted him about the corruption in the Catholic Church and especially the priesthood: 

Link to the book order page:  Broken + Blessed

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