It came to my attention through a News Feed that Bill Maher decided to ridicule the Catholic Church the other day. I read the article and watched the video. I wish I hadn't. I can't imagine what the victims and their families might think if they saw it. For me, it was like a knife thrust in my heart and then twisted. It is then that I realized how much I love my Church and my faith.
I have mentioned the book, "The Courage To Be Catholic," by George Weigel in my other blogs. It is an amazing look at the inner workings of the Church and why the scandal happened in the first place and more importantly, how the Church can recover from it. When someone confronts me about the scandal, I usually recommend the book, but I know they won't read it. Anyone who hates the Catholic Church doesn't care about that. Their only point is, well, to hate.
Keeping the scandal in the news is not a bad thing. Unfortunately, the Church seems to be able to do that all by herself. The recent suspension of 21 priests in Philadelphia has once again, put a spotlight on the evil that lurks within it. George Weigel points out in his book that the responsibility of the priests lies with the local bishops. The bishops need to interview each and every priest in their diocese and make sure that their faith and conduct is first and foremost Catholic! And in my opinion, if there's even a hint of a problem the priest should be at minimum sent on sabbatical and into therapy so that there is no question as to where he is spiritually.
There will always be someone out there who will hate us. Jesus knew that. And Jesus knew what is was like to be hated more then any one of us will ever know or experience.
In this country it is acceptable to be anti-Catholic. It is a prejudice that is tolerated - even welcomed. As Catholics we can show the world what we're truly made of. I firmly believe that we can reach out to all those who were harmed by this horrific scandal by living the Gospel outside the buildings we call church and being the face of our faith.
What Bill Maher and others like him, don't realize is that their ridicule and hatred of the Church will NEVER change the hearts and minds of those who love it.
Does Bill Maher really think I'm going to leave my church and follow him?