As a new convert, but I’m so confused and my heart just hurts so much for what I see within my own parish and read here about others. Please understand I don’t mean any of this disrespectful, rather I cherish my new faith so much that I’m hurting for it.
One of the things that brought me to the Catholic faith was because there are a set of standards, rules, and universal way of practicing our faith. I know politics will exist in every faith, but one thing that I feel defines the Catholic faith is that there are standards that are not to be deviated from; to do so is considered disrespectful, disobedient, un-Catholic and often sinful. It is done to protect the Catholic faith and keep that faith in unity.
Yet there is so much departure from these standards by our priests and bishops; as well as the Catholic community in general – without any attempts at correction of the departures or errors.
My question is, why not? Why would a man become a priest or be appointed a bishop if his intentions are not to protect the Catholic faith from departures (especially ‘serious’ departures) of the written standards/rules of the faith?
Do we not then depart from the Catholic faith if everyone is just going to do their own thing, eliminate parts of it, or twist a Mass to turn into something that fits his own agenda or comfort?
Why are there no voices of some VERY SERIOUS demanding outcrys, all the way to the Vatican, demanding that our priests and bishops follow the standards/rules set forth by the Holy See and our Holy Father?
Why are parishioners not so up in arms in allowing our priests and bishops to get away with these serious departures that the priest/bishop doesn’t either change or leave because he can’t stand all the protests of the people?
If the parishioners allow these men to such departures and don’t hold them accountable, what will happen to the Catholic Church?
Isn’t it the priests job and obligation to teach and/or correct his parishioners if they are not following these standards/rules? Isn’t it then the bishops job and obligation to teach and/or correct the priests if they are not following these standards/rules?
I fully agree and understand being respectful and obedient to our priests and bishops. But if they aren’t doing their jobs and are departing from very specific standards/rules, doesn’t the responsibility then fall upon the parishioners to do whatever they have to do (as respectfully as possible) go as far as they need to go to resolve and correct the situations? Instead it seems like we just following the program and not making waves. So what would it take and when is it right to take a stand?