I see a letter in the local newspaper from a town resident. He wrote that it is still great to be a Catholic. He told a little about good priests and nuns that he grew up with. He mentioned the scoundrels who have done so much damage to the Church, and declared that he is not going to let them take it away from him.
This is exactly the attitude that all faithful Catholics need to show to the world.
I would suggest that each of us should be prepared to bear such positive and faithful witness. You don’t have to write a letter. Just do what you can.
To get started, think through how you could answer someone who comments on, jokes about, harps on, or asks about the current troubles in the Church. Be ready to affirm the goodness and holiness of the Church.
And it most certainly is good and holy because it is so much more than its failures. What else is it? What is the Church to you?
For me, the most important thing about the Church is the Sacraments, which Jesus instituted to give us grace and life. It’s faithful and holy parish priests, lots of them, and it’s also good lay people. We gather in the Mass and also at other times for prayer, Bible study, and faith building. It’s Mary and the Saints and the great Body of Christ, and Jesus wants us to be part of that, forever.
Yes, it is great to be a Catholic. It still is, and it always will be.