Daily Prompt: Retrospective
Looking back over the history of the Catholic church, we see times of poor leadership. Our bishops and cardinals gave in to the pleasures of being human. The seven deadly sins were rampant. Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, and Greed.
Is it any wonder why many of the clergy who were true to their vows became dissentients of the church? Couple that with the invention of the priniting press and the mood was set for the Reformation.
Martin Luther published his Ninty-Five Thesis on the sale of indulgences in 1517. John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, and other Protestant Reformers in 16th-century Europe also contributed. The Reformation lasted until the end of the Thirty Years War in 1648.
Since that time there have been many Protestant Christian religions started. What they have in common is the belief of Jesus Christ. What they disagree about is the interpretation of the Bible. It seems that every other day a new church pops up in a shopping center. I am confused about this. Are people so incapable of following the tenets of their religion that they feel the need to start a new one? I often wonder what qualifies them to lead followers to Christ.
As a Roman Catholic Christian, I pray for the reunion of all Christians. It is one of the intentions of Pope Francis. I can see small steps toward this happening since the days of Pope St. John Paul II.
Christianity has had its ups and downs for sure. Today belonging to a church is not the popular thing to do. Many have fallen away from the Christian philosophy. Narcissistic, self indulgent behavior has become the norm.
Whenever I am faced with a difficult situation involving a member of the clergy or religious, I remember what my dad told me. “Just because a man is a priest doesn’t mean he isn’t human.” And we all know that humans sin. Thank God for His son Jesus Christ who has given us redemption.