[quote=Gilbert Keith]Is the Catholic Church today dormant in America and around the world? I have sometimes felt that either the Church is dormant or its preaching of the Gospel has been stifled in the media around the world.
Even when I go to Church I hardly ever hear the priest talk about vitally important matters. I know the bishops speak out periodically on their own and as a group, but then you don’t hear from them again until a few years later. It almost seems as though many church leaders don’t even want to hear about or discuss abortion any more … and this is the greatest evil of our time.
Are my fears unwarranted? Is the Church really and truly awake, or is it dormant? And, when rested, will it wake up loaded for bear?
I don’t know where you’ve been but the Church has been a giant in our country on moral issues. Let’s take the following and see what Christ’s body, His Catholic Church teaches on them every day:
Gay marriage! NO!
Birth Control (a form of abortion)! NO!
Death Penalty (in the USA)! NO!
Obligation to help the poor! YES!
Assited suicide! NO!
Dignity in Death! YES!
Murder of our elderly and ill (ex: Terry Schivo) NO! (Pope JP II even led us by example on this issue!)
Come on and add some issues for Gilbert to see.
Sometimes we just get so accustomed to hearing something we tune it out. The Church teaches on Moral and Faith issues. The Church has taken a strong stand on so many issues that countless Protestants have caved in on.
Open your eyes and read what the Church writes. Open your ears and hear what the Church preaches. She is vocal and preaching the Gospel of Christ for us to hear. She looses members daily because she has stood the test of time, she has stood with Christ, she has resisted “RE”-form away from Christ and His Gospel. Our Church is the visible body of Christ and as such she leads us daily to Him and spreads His word to us.
Pick what you want to believe as a Protestant and then go and find a church/preacher that makes you feel good and believes what you want. Can’t find a church? Start your own! Jesus did not teach that and neither does His Catholic Church. She stays loyal to Him. She does not change her Faith and Morals to keep her members - 16 Million EX-Catholics in the US alone prove this. The Church keeps and preserves the Faith God gave her. She passes that Faith on to us. We choose to hear it or not.
The Catholic Church is a bright, shinning and brilliantly radiant beacon of light in a Protestant Nation turning it’s back on God and the Morals and Faith He gave us. Stop watching CNN and CBS for your news on the Catholic Church and start listening to the Pope, our bishops, preists and reading our Catholic papers. These sources are filled with Catholic teachings on hot issues today. Watch EWTN too.
Sorry, you may have a hum drum preist or not have access to Catholic publications. One preist is not the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has had it’s share of bad preists too, just look at that horrible one we had a while back, what was his name, oh yea, he was Martin Luther!