Though the ill aspects of the Catholic Church have recently been highlighted in the news, commentator Elizabeth Scalia says the good aspects have never gotten enough attention.
Published: April 02, 2010
by Elizabeth Scalia
Elizabeth Scalia is a contributing writer to First Things Magazine as the blogger known as The Anchoress.
The question has come my way several times in the past week: “How do you maintain your faith in light of news stories that bring light to the dark places that exist within your church?”
When have darkness and light been anything but co-existent? How do we recognize either without the other?
I remain within, and love, the Catholic Church because it is a church that has lived and wrestled within the mystery of the shadow lands ever since an innocent man was arrested, sentenced and crucified, while the keeper of “the keys” denied him, and his first priests ran away. Through 2,000 imperfect — sometimes glorious, sometimes heinous — years, the church has contemplated and manifested the truth that dark and light, innocence and guilt, justice and injustice all share a kinship, one that waves back and forth like wind-stirred wheat in a field, churning toward something — as yet — unknowable.
The darkness within my church is real, and it has too often gone unaddressed. The light within my church is also real, and has too often gone unappreciated. A small minority has sinned, gravely, against too many. Another minority has assisted or saved the lives of millions.
But then, my country is the most generous and compassionate nation on Earth; it is also the only country that has ever deployed nuclear weapons of mass destruction.
My government is founded upon a singular appreciation of personal liberty; some of those founders owned slaves.
My family was known for its neighborliness and its work ethic; its patriarch was a serial child molester.
Read the complete essay here.
Pope Benedict XVI inaugurates a special Year of the Priest starting on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
H/T Deacon Greg
Update March 7, 2009
I don’t have all the facts, simply a phone call requesting prayer. Please pray for Monsignor Douglas Raun , pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Rio Rancho. He suffered “a heart attack” yesterday, while preaching a mission in Las Cruces and is now in the Heart Hospital. This is all I was told. I won’t be able to confirm until I get the facts from sources closer to home. That should be after Mass today. Don’t, however, wait to pray. It’s always a great and welcome blessing.
Monsignor is our treasure. He was ordained a priest in 1982. He’s been pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas for about 14 years. He is doing what he has always wanted to do and he does it so well.
“When I was a little boy, I wanted to say Mass. Something deep inside you says ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to say Mass?’ The most precious, beautiful part is to be able to say Mass, to celebrate Mass.”
10:30 am Update:
Here is better information, I believe. I was told Monsignor Raun had chest pains and as a precautionary measure is having them checked out at the Heart Hospital. He wasn’t mentioned at Mass except that we did pray “for the health and welfare of the clergy” as part of our prayer intentions. I think, being in good hands ,especially, the Big Guy’s, we can breathe easy. Do pray all is well and Monsignor Raun comes home soon.