Hi all. I hope I am posting in the write correct forum:
Just briefly: I was raised Catholic but didn’t own my faith until my early twenties when I discovered the Catholic Church was the TRUE church. I could finally hang my hat and welcomed EVERYTHING the Church taught. Thus, I no longer rebel against the “rules”. I actually like clear cut rules to guide me, knowing what is right and wrong.
It also made it very difficult to see liturgical abuses, those not disposed to do so receiving communion, and rogue clergy preaching false doctrine. Very, very painful.
Now that we have Pope Francis, I find myself cringing internally. I recognize that the media posts very skewed and ignorant stories about him and I try carefully to read only trusted, Catholic postings. I also recognize that his political and socioeconomic rules do not fall under the realm of faith and morals.
I find myself now feeling like a pharisee…and actually feeling bad for them. As I read the Old Testament and the astronomical number of dictates prescribed by God as well as his instant justice of even death for those who disobeyed, how can one not take the law as seriously as the pharisees did?
(Numbers 15:32-36)–“Now while the sons of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering wood on the sabbath day. 33And those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation; 34and they put him in custody because it had not been declared what should be done to him. 35Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36So all the congregation brought him outside the camp, and stoned him to death with stones, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.”
So, yeah, I’m feeling a plethera of emotions and I’m not sure what think. Can someone help?
Thank you and God bless,