“It is impossible to deny the crisis of division and widespread confusion that characterizes the Church in our day. Nor can anyone who loves the Church ignore the strong theological undercurrents that Dr. Martin identifies in his book, currents that try to separate what cannot be legitimately divided: pastoral charity from revealed truth.”
Bishop Scott McCaig, C.C. Military Ordinary of Canada -As a review for the book: A Church in Crisis, Pathways Forward
Bishop McCaig is right.
We cannot deny the crisis of division & widespread confusion that exists in our Church today.
Some would say “to question this” is a lack of obedience.
I would counter to say that “to not question” what goes against Scripture & Church doctrine is a complete lack of trust in God.
Because God is not a liar.
I have always been a rule-follower. I also consider myself to be extremely obedient; especially within the teachings of the Church, and I plan to continue living my life in this very same manner.
However, to deny that I and countless other faithful Catholics – nay Christians – are not confused would be a flagrant lie.
Scattered within the many notes of my journals I have written unannotated words of various bloggers & authors reminding me frequently how…
“We desperately need each other.”
“Jesus never intended for us to live the Christian life alone.”
“The Lord God said: It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suited to him.”
Yet, so often I forget just how much I need others.
Certainly I know that we need to live our lives out with others & throughout Scripture God tells us to “lift one another up!”
“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding… “
Indeed, “we need one another to get through this life.”
Most especially God tells us to pray for one another.
“that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
1 Timothy 2:1-2
Undeniably, He would not tell us to pray for one another if he didn’t intend to answer those prayers.