Good day Team.
A doubt has been clouding my mind for a couple of years now, and I need assistance.
I have been a devout Catholic since 2002 after having a personal encounter with Christ. I am a mass going, Holy Sacrament Worshipper, Holy Scripture reading Catholic. I listen to certain podcasts with certain priests and bishops as well as certain lay people sharing catholic ideas.
For some time I’ve seen a radical shift within the Catholic community. For argument’s sake even though is not proper I will use terms like Conservative and Liberal. These concepts, in my opinion, have no room in Catholic teaching, but it describes problems I am having.
I have met conservative Catholics and liberal Catholics. People that criticize Vatican II and people that are in favor of Vatican II. People that are full-blown traditionalists and some that are more lenient on Catholic teaching. My issue is when ONE SIDE… ATTACKS THE OTHER SIDE. I’ve seen posts where certain Catholics accuse other Catholics that they will go to hell if you do not follow certain criteria. Seeing this division in the Catholic church emotionally harms me. Drives me to depression and confusion not knowing who speaks the truth and who speaks based on lies.
How can one decern what is good and pure and what is evil and malicious? During this past week, I entered a parish where Images were not covered. I heard a Catholic say that this was wrong and that the priest would guide his flock to hell for not adhering to Holy Tradition. What could I have said? How should I react? Is this person right or wrong? That was one instance. Imagine going through a dozen like that every day. Its a miracle I am not driven mad.