My RCIA director gave me a paper with an excerpt from the book “Why Catholic?” by Fr. Andrew Greeley. She said it reminded her of something I would appreciate. I know Fr. Greeley is a little off, but I do not understand if what I was given is ok or not, here it is:
"The reader can make up his own litany of injuries the Catholic Church has done to him. I do not care how horrendous that litany may be, it does not provide a valid execuse for disengaging from the Catholic Christian heritage.
Indeed, it is irrelevant. I attempt no justification and offer no execuse for what the Church may have done to you: I simply assert that failures of Christians and failures of Christian leasership have nothing to do with the validity of the Catholic Chrsitian heritage. If you use those failures as an excuse for not facing the essential religious demands of the Catholic Christain heritage, you are engaged in an intellectually dishonest cop-out. The question is not whether the Catholic leadership is enlightened but whether Catholicism is true. A whole College of Cardinals filled with psycopathic tyrants provides no answer one way or another to that question.
Search for the perfect church if you will; when you find it, join it, and realize that on that day it becomes less than perfect".