I have been Catholic now for six months and I feel I can ask this question. After reading Mr. Keating’s emails concerning dissident priests and religious I am saddened even more than I’ve become in my first six months. I love the Church but don’t like what I see in many churches. My parish Priest if a wonderful man who went out of his way to bring my wife and I into the Church, but our church lacks the look and feel of a Catholic Church. We have touchdown Jesus, the tabernacle cannot be seen from most of the seats, the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph are in the back, the chairs for the Priest and Deacon are in the middle back of the church, we have few alter boys, and our Extraordinary Eucharist Ministers are mostly women who wear jeans and other inappropriate dress. I could go on but won’t. The order of Mass as best as I can tell is perfect compared to other posts I’ve seen.
To Mr. Keating’s letter I am amazed that there are priest and religious with the audacity to openly support issues so against the dogmas and doctrines of the Church. What is the Holy Father doing that he cannot address these issues in this country? The Bishops are mostly silent and they are appointed by the Pope. Can he not fire them; is he unaware of these issues? I am at a loss as to why this goes on without someone being slapped down hard.
Ok that’s it, and for those who will say how dare I go on about he Church like this, you should go back to the Pentecostal church, I won’t and you’re stuck with a zealous convert.