Today I stumbled on this article below, titled “There Ain’t no Pure Church” by Mark P. Shea. In the article he highlights some of the common areas that we as humans fail at, how we are all sinners bound to fail, and how the Church “Ain’t” perfect or “Pure”. Even though he falls short on some points and borders some dangerous territory, his overall message is genuine.
The point he was trying to make (in my own words) is that we fall for traps such as elitism, spiritual superiority, and see ourselves more wise than legitimate ecclesiastical authority (which falls on both extremes in the faith). This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t call a spade a spade, fraternally correct our brothers and sisters in Christ, or give in to our daily struggles, but we must do so knowing our own weaknesses. We must be as innocent as sheep, as cunning as wolves, and walk our faith with humility. We can do this by centering ourselves on Christ, balancing ourselves with daily prayer, attending Mass, and constantly confessing our sinfulness.
Please read his intro and full article below. Feel free to comment here or on facebook.
Some people become Catholic because the Church is a communion of sinners and slobs who are losers, oddballs, factory rejects, and broken dunderheads who can’t tell their butt from a hole in the ground and who have messed up their lives so badly that they know only God can save them. They don’t know from nothing about liturgical fussbudgetry, high theology, ecclesial politics, or all the obsessions that preoccupy us here in the hothouse of Catholic cyberspace.