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[quote:1lfdlojb]There are those idiots in a lot of places…. for example[/quote:1lfdlojb]
I do have to disagree with you here Ron. Shanley was not an idiot, he was an evil man, and an evil man who knew what he was doing.
Our Lord warned us about tares among the wheat, and about wolves in sheeps clothing. Why? Because He knew that there would be those within His Church, men and women who would not be good examples, immoral people, or who misunderstood the faith and would leave it to later misrepresent it. Knowing this before He founded the Catholic Church, and founding it anyway is a wonderful example of how Christ Jesus opens the pathway for everyone, even though not everyone will follow it.
There was an Anglican Bishop who put it this way, “The Church is a hospital for sinners, not simply a hotel for saints.”
The truth is the Church is many things, it is a source of grace for the fallen, it is support for the weak, it is a breeding ground for saints, and it is a hiding place where satan who has tried over the ages to bring it down sends his minions in order to shake the faith of the Body of Christ, by planting bad seeds, and persuading people weak in faith to leave and start their own sects because as satan did with Adam and Eve, he fills them with the idea that they know better, and rather than submitting to the authority God put in place when He founded His Church, they become their own authority jettisoning everything that was believed from the time of the Apostles and inventing new doctrines, tickling mens ears with ideas novel and attractive like Just believe and claim Jesus as your personal savior, Reject the Catholic Church and you’ll be saved.
You are still in my prayers, and our Blessed Mother wants you back for her Son Jesus too.