It is easy to be influenced and carried away into depression by
concentrating on what is wrong in today's Church.
To say; but things have never been as bad before, surely this is
What with the Synod and their plan to ordinate women priests,
married men, promotion of abortion and homosexuality, being
"inclusive" instead of instructive, etc etc.
The "good" news, (because it gives a bit of perspective) is that in
almost every century of the history of the Church, there has been
heretical teachings coming from priests and bishops; and to here
to mention but a few:
Jansenius; Bishop of Ypres, France, took it upon himself to redefine
the doctrine of grace (17th century)
Nestorius; Bishop of Constantinople, was responsible for nestorianism;
a heresy regarding the person of Christ (5th century)
Arius; a priest from Constantinople, responsible for the theological
heretical doctrine of arianism which denied Christ's divine nature (4th century)
and of course
In the infancy of the Church there was also for a while the false belief that
men had to be circumcised in order to be saved, which stemmed from the
We can even go back to the Passion, when Our Lord was arrested, Peter,
the Rock upon which the Church is built, denied 3 times that he even
Today the Church suffers much from the confusion from infiltration of
concepts stemming from
But you and me, we know the Faith, we love the Church, because she holds
the Truth. The Truth can not die.
The best way to participate in the spiritual battle, as good foot soldiers in the
great battle between good and evil, is to sanctify ourselves.
It is the goal of the Catholic Church to save souls, she calls us to holiness,
just like God is Holy.
The fastest way in this process is to frequently go to Confession.
Our sins are forgiven, it strengthens us individually, it strengthens the Church,
it strengthens the priests.