Our family has been struggling this last year with our current parish and finding an appropriate parish. We live in SE Michigan and you could consider my wife and I as conservative catholics.
Our current parish has a too liberal head priest that even though we like him personally he has view that stray from the Catechism. A month ago at the end of mass he made a personal comment that a woman may head the Catholic church one day. To my wife and I this is against the Catechism which plainly states only men can be in an Apostles position like Bishop or Pope (and Priest). He has also expressed feelings that Purgatory is not something he believes in.
Also at our parish the DRE believes women should be priests and that doctrine needs to change and is quite open about this.
Our parish is close to home and we love all the people that attend and the other priest we particulary like personally and know he is traditional and a bit conservative.
However, we are growing in our devotions to the Church in Jesus and would like to live Matthew 6:11 a bit more rigorously by having mass available to us daily if we choose. We also want a parish that does confession more than one day a week at a set time.
What we have found has been many liberal Catholic churches that treat confession with such laxaty as to not care if you went or not. We have seen and know of Catholics that stopped going to another parish and joined another to attend mass and participate in the Eucharist since their divorce without the Archdiocese approval on the divorce.
The closer my wife and I have grown in Jesus the more we see that it is more difficult to find a parish that has a head priest that adheres to what it is to be Catholic. It seems that SE Michigan has so many parishes that pay more lip service to God then actions and it is frightening because there are so many people that know so little about their own faith as a Catholic and are misguided by so many Protestant churches when it comes to marriage and matters of sex.
We have found a parish we like that is a foreign parish, meaning it has priests that are all from elsewhere. But they are very Catholic. They have Confession before every Mass. They have Mass every day as well as Rosary after Mass if you choose. They have open Adoration. They are just an all around great Catholic church.
Anyhow, the reason for my post to to share my disgust with the way Catholics in my area are so ignorant to what it is to be Catholic and the apparent rebutal of Priests to the Roman Catholic church in SE Michigan. In my humble opinion I am so very worried for the Catholic church in general in SE Michigan.
God Bless and Peace,