[quote=skattas]I am an Evangelical seeking some questions about the Catholic Church. How can the leaders of the Catholic Church be seen as chosen when so many have become corrupt?
Now I’m not saying that this is the only church that has corruption in it (far from it!), but take my faith for example: We are allowed to question our leaders’ behavior both INSIDE and outside the church. How can those Catholic leaders who seem to have been chosen, are able to interpret so infallibly, be able to have been let run churches corruptly and live their lives in a corrupt manner?
I know this may offend some, but I tried to say it as clear and direct as possible. I’m not excluding other churches (Protestant, Orthodox…) but I am wondering mainly about the Catholic Church.
Its a good question. You have a misunderstansing of the docrine of infallibility. It apples only to the Pope and applies only when he clearly states he is thus speaking. It has been excercised twice-both times concenring Mary.
We do not believe are leaders are infallible-they are men and have the fallibilties of all men. We do, however, believe that our Priesthood can be traced in an unbroken line back to St Peter. I guess it would be fair l, then , to say they are chosen but then arent we all chosen by God?
All of our religious histroy is full of sins by our chosen leaders. Think of Moses at Meriba or better yet think of the lament of David in Pslam 51 :
*"For I know my transgressions, *
and my sin is always before me. "
and later is the Psalm:
*"Restore to me the joy of your salvation *
*and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. *
*Then I will teach transgressors your ways, *
and sinners will turn back to you. "
David repents of his sins and realizes that his repentnece is an opportunity to bring others back to the Lord.
That is the way it is with our Church. Yes we have leaders who sin but we also have great leaders like John Paul II who spent his Papacy making amends to those our Church had offended in its 2,000 year existence.
We Catholics beleive we are the One True Church, founded by Christ himself. A Church founded by Christ will not be bought down by the sins of some of its leaders-chosen or not. We have perservered for 2,000 years in spite of , many times, the fallibilities of our leaders.