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Tall poppy syndrome? When someone or something rises to great heights especially in their own estimation, then when scandal comes to that someone or something there can be a certain pleasure taken in 'knocking the tall poppy' right down to size again.
We have to admit that the recent scandals connected to our clergy have shocked and angered the general population, those inside Catholicism, outside it and those who have no religious beliefs at all. It will probably be many years before that shock and anger passes, if it ever completely does. Many young lives have been completely ruined and by members of our clergy whom we hold to be "persona Christi" and no greater heights is there in this universe for a human being. As Pope Benedict said, The Church has only the sins of Her own members to fear catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1104798.htm
. And these scandals were absolutely appalling and shocking and destructive of young lives and the Faith sometimes of Catholics themselves. We need to fear our own sinfulness rather than criticisms and persecutions even of The Church in the various ways The Church is persecuted. In fact, very often persecution has ushered in renewal in The Church and Pope Benedict has pointed this out too - that we are undergoing a purgation (and a most necessary one) which will usher in given time an age of renewal. How much time, we dont know.
But knocking Catholics by non Catholics is nothing new as knocking non Catholics by Catholics is nothing new. It is often sometimes fierce differences of dogma and doctrine and not differences discussed lovingly either. "In essentials unity, in non essentials liberty and in all things love".
If the website you mention is disturbing your Peace, then abandon it "Seek after Peace and pursue it". Sometimes Catholic and non Catholic 'bashing' is not really looking for truth, rather to simply 'bash' and bash hard and no matter what one says, nor the points one raises, it is futile. Remember too the Parable of the Sower who went out to sow ........ some seed might be falling in rocky ground where it will just perish and die and this is just life and life only. It happens.
Excellent point, and excellent post! You have a much more balanced view of the situation than many. The Church needs to focus on herself rather than a number of things, not just scandal but a lot of their social justice and political issues are getting top billing, and it's ineffective because the house is divided. Basically the Church needs to get the plank out of her own eye.
But as far as this website, Where are they at??? Lemme at 'em!