Surely this reflection from John Chuchman must reflect the feelings of many of the faithful who have ceased bothering to participate. Our Church gave us such feelings of security and even pride. What a change in all the ways it has unravelled to become an irrelevant dying cult? What will all those who have ceased participating end up doing?
What a change!
I grew up
with a real sense of Pride
in being Catholic.
Although they did border on arrogance,
and a sense of superiority,
were more of Confidence
that we Catholics
were on the right track.
I’ve had twenty plus years
of formal education
in Catholic Institutions
I was proud to be Catholic.
What a Change!
Being Catholic now
means being associated with an organization
that abuses children and protects the abusers,
that discriminates against women, married men, gays, lesbians,
and anyone who does not subvert personal beliefs to the institution’s,
that misuses donated monies,
that excludes people rather than being Inclusive,
that chooses to ignore the world as it is today,
preferring to live in the middle ages,
that lobbies for religious freedom
while trampling on the religious freedom of its own members,
that is totally Un-Christlike.
I may be Catholic for Life
thanks to my Baptism,
but ne’er again will I be
I refuse to be associated with
what has become,
Not a religion helping people of all Faiths grow,
an irrelevant dying cult.
Love, John Chuchman
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John Chuchman is a bereavement counsellor. He is a graduate of John Carroll University and former Ford Motor Company executive (1959-1992). He has been a Hospice volunteer since 1990. John has received Pastoral Bereavement Counselor certification and a Certificate in Spirituality (Kino Institute of Phoenix, Arizona.) In 2000, he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministries from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. His website provides information about his regular retreats and information about his books. he also writes a "Poetman" blog which you can find on the website or via this link: [Visit John's blog] | [Visit John's website]
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