After pursuing becoming a “third order” religious for a few meetings, my discomfort with the chapter’s worldview finally reached a tipping point. Without saying which order (though it was one of the usual suspects), the chapter I was meeting at turns out to have chosen a book for study featuring and edited by a noted pro-homosexual priest with a radical liberal agenda. In addition, the priest who would be leading next month’s retreat is for, in his own words, the evolution of conscience and is also pro-homosexual acts and relationships and much worse. I was shell-shocked. One person at the meeting even said it is fine to skip Mass if you’re mad at God. The priest who was there sat silently by, even when I objected that this is a grave sin.
I know now that I was naive. But shouldn’t Catholic orders be Catholic in their teachings and readings? If not, why isn’t there a mechanism to put a stop to this? For instance, each member could be asked to attest to their complete support of the Magesterium or doctrinal teachings without reserve. Instead, you get bizarre ideas wearing the broad label “Social Justice”. It’s really depressing. I love this order, but this chapter makes it impossible to pursue joining it.
Has anyone else experienced something like this?