[quote="Bartolome_Casas, post:12, topic:283059"]
Going to a different parish doesn't really solve the problem.
We all know that there are MANY parishes like the one here described. It is so DISTURBING that for the last 40 years the bishops have allowed priests like this to continue to operate. It is a MYSTERY. It challenges one faith in the Catholic Church. Why, why, why don't they simply require all priests to be fully orthodox at all times? It makes no sense. But they don't.
Every diocese seems to have one or two or more of these "rebel" parishes. There are at least two in my diocese. Perhaps more.
This has been going on since shortly after the Vatican II Council, which ended in 1965. Prior to that Council, nothing like this occurred. So what is going on. The bishops have full power to stop this very quickly. Yet, it just goes on and on and one.
I myself have written letters to bishops documenting such things. Nothing every happened. Sometimes I didn't even get responses back. No corrections were ever made. I don't write any more letters. I don't care if my parish priest preaches Islam from the pulpit--I still would not write my bishop.
So, what should you do?
Don't waste your time. You have a LIFE to lead. You should not be spending the valuable time of your life trying to reform priests and parishes! That's NOT your job!
Even if you go to another parish, I bet you'll find one or two issues on which the next priest seems to downplay or perhaps dissent on. So, there's really no escape from this.
My recommendation: Don't base your faith life on what is said by any priest or deacon or nun (pastoral assistant) in any parish. Base you faith life on Eternal Verities of the Faith. Read good Catholic books. Try to find a few faithful Catholics to associate with. Maybe check out Opus Dei.
Don't get into the mentality of wanting to carry out a "Crusade" against liberals in the Church. That will just make you angry, bitter and obsessed. Many of the apologists on the radio and Internet are on such a crusade. I don't think it helps them or anyone in their relationship with God.
Stay away from people full of conflict or promoting conflict on religious issues. Be at peace. Be at rest in your mind.
Focus on your relationship with God. God is real. You can really grown in your union with God. Forget about all these liberals and dissenters. Really, truly, just FORGET THEM. Forget that they exist.
Have a good life. Love your friends, family, neighbors, stranger and enemies, and you shall be a true friend of God, and thus find fulfillment in this life and the next.
It's very difficult to tell this advice to a new Catholic. She wants to learn and grow in the faith, alongside FAITHFUL Catholics, under the guidance of a holy priest. She is not ready to just go all sanguine and detached. For you, for me, that may be the best approach, or it may not, but I would not recommend it for a new Catholic.