Tuesday, September 22, 2015
INVITE OR CONTROL
Catholics, both clergy and laity, are all over the place in terms of how to hand on the faith and morals of the Church, especially the morals.
What I was taught in the pre-Vatican II Church was that we were never to judge people although we could judge actions but in a Christian way. The implication of this was especially true at Holy Communion time. Many people would not go to the altar railing to receive. We were not to even think why this might be the case. And many people would go to the altar railing to receive and there might be some question about that, we were not to judge.
Years ago in Augusta I spoke to a rather large group of people at First Baptist Church. During the question and answer time, they asked me about artificial birth control and observed that many Catholics use it.
I tried to explain as best I could the rational and logic behind this teaching as it relate to natural law. I mentioned I have always tried to present this teaching in a coherent way and then ask adult Catholics to be adult about it.
In other words, I see myself as a priest who is called to be pastoral, not a policeman or a private investigator to make sure my parishioners are following all the rules.
The Church does not have spies in people's bedrooms. Thank God for that.
Pope Francis gives people the benefit of the doubt and says we are all sinners in need of God's mercy. All of need to go to Confession regularly.
Why is this so hard for so many to understand, not just my last sentence but my entire entry above?