Up to now I have decided to stay. It is an important part of my identity.
I do understand the concerns and frustrations. Nearly everyone in my close family has now left the Catholic Church. The American Catholic exodus is gathering momentum. Dioceses are closing parishes across the country.
“A necessary purification,” one of my US archbishop friends told me. “You just DON’T understand,” I replied…….
John Chuchman caught my attention a few days ago. I suspect many resonate with him.
I have struggled so long
not wanting to be possessed
by my anger
with what the corrupt hierarchs have been doing
to my Church.
Though I have come to realize
that the church of the hierarchs
is not my Church,
and that WE as The Body of Christ are Church,
was too much of my past
just to leave quietly.
Well, God knows,
as do many hundreds of others,
that I have not expressed my grief and my anger
But it dawned on me last night,
that if I died this moment,
too many people would recall me
only as rabble-rouser,
not really my most important gift.
Those who do know me well
know I am a man in and of Love,
know that I believe God is Love,
know that I trust that
when we live in Love, We live in God,
and God is us.
That is how I wish to be remembered.
I think I better
just move on
and let the hierarchs
have the church of their making
while focusing my efforts
on helping Grievers and their Caregivers
and on Spiritual Growth and Nurturing,