Pope Francis is allegedly involved in all of this abuse scandal. If that is true, I am appalled and disappointed. I don’t know if it is true, but either way I shall remain a follower of Christ and a member of the Catholic Church.
I was born Catholic, but that is not why I make the decision over and over again to remain Catholic. I am Catholic because I have studied all sides. Time and again, I have analyzed my beliefs. I have analyzed Catholicism and other religions. In my search for the truth, I have come to believe that the Catholic Church is the true church of Jesus Christ.
I never expected the true church of Jesus Christ to be free from corruption. The Church is made of humans, good at times, evil at times. God created us that way. Yes, some evil is worse than other evil, and abuse of power is as evil as it gets. But corruption does not come from being a follower of Jesus Christ or a believer in the teachings of the Catholic Church. Corruption comes from the infiltration of evil.
The Catholic Church does not teach that evil is okay. In fact, the Church holds people to the highest standard, the standard of perfection, the standard of Christ. Of course, it also forgives as Christ forgives. It is merciful as Christ is merciful. The Church holds us to the highest standard not by ridicule or punishment, but by holding up the crucifix. The Church holds us to the highest standard because that is the way to God, the way to Heaven, and the way to living a fully human life.
I believe that, and that is why I am still Catholic. I am Catholic for the same reason I have always been Catholic. I am Catholic because I believe the teachings of the Catholic Church. I am Catholic because I believe. I will remain Catholic because I believe.
I am not Catholic because I think the institution is great. I am not Catholic because I like the pope. I am not Catholic because I want to be part of the community. I am not Catholic because of the beauty that the Church has produced over the centuries. I am not Catholic because of the saints. I am Catholic because I believe the teachings of the Catholic Church. I profess its creed*.
I am Catholic because I believe Catholicism is the best way to a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Where will the good Catholics go in the midst of so much scandal, so much evil? Will they go to other religions? Will they go to the priests and bishops? Will they go away from the Catholic Church? No, they will go where they have always gone. To Jesus Christ.
* The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.