The following is written by Michael Lofton, author of the website www.consolamini.org
A Brief Examination of the Crisis
One would have to be delusional not to recognize that there is an extremely great crisis taking place in the Catholic Church today. Let’s examine the present situation in the church:
The Liturgy is in shambles. Let’s face it, if you attend the average Catholic parish today, you are more likely to discover a liturgy that resembles a Protestant service than the way the Mass has been offered for nearly 2,000 years. With Holy Communion treated like fast food, women storming the altar, iconoclastic buildings and heterodox homilies, one has to wonder if they are in a Catholic Church or a hippie love-in.
The Clergy undermine the faith. With the occasional exception, the clergy are more likely to convince you about why the Catholic Church is wrong rather than why it is right. With clergy teaching that sodomite unions are moral, using artificial contraception is not a sin, cohabitation is merely a lesser good than the “ideal standard” of marriage, one has to ask why they haven’t been defrocked and excommunicated.
The faith isn’t practiced. Though the Catholic Church is clear about what it teaches and what is to be done in nearly every conceivable situation, the faith one encounters in practice is often contrary to the faith the Catholic Church actually professes. For example, though the church is clear that people living in adultery may not receive Holy Communion, this is simply ignored and many are given Holy Communion anyway. Thus, even if the average Catholic has enough sense to profess the Catholic faith in word, they often undermine it in deed.
Conversion is no longer necessary. Though the Church teaches that outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation, the vast majority of Catholics do not believe this teaching. For this reason, evangelization and calling people to convert is simply seen as uncharitable or outdated. One would be more likely to encounter a “Catholic” who believes all will be saved, including Satan, than that it is necessary to convert to the Catholic Church for salvation.
The Good News
Though there is a great crisis taking place in the church today, God has not abandoned His church. Bishop Athanasius Schneider, in his recent interview with Michael Voris, says:
“God renews His Church… I can observe in so many parts of the world the beginning of the renewal of the Church, slowly, but very clearly.”
This is definitely the case. Many people are beginning to see the bankruptcy of the faux Catholicism embraced by so many, and are turning back to the real Catholic faith and the real Catholic liturgy. Vocations for the traditional priesthood are booming, Tridentine Mass parishes are packed and the traditional Catholic faith is making new converts daily. There is much to hope for when it comes to God’s grace through the present crisis. May God speedily renew His Church and through the Blessed Virgin Mary crush the head of the serpent.
Michael Lofton is a Latin Rite Catholic in the Diocese of Shreveport, Louisiana and is also a member of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, in full communion with the Bishop of Rome. He is a Catholic convert from Protestantism (his conversion story can be found here) and is an author of over a dozen books on Sacred Scripture, Catholic Theology and Apologetics as well as the editor of the St. Jerome Study Bible, found here. He is occasionally a guest on Radio Maria and is the author of the website www.consolamini.org