I Have Lost my Faith in the Church
FA Jacobs, Cape Town -In our profession of faith, we say: “I believe in the Holy Catholic Church.” What immediately comes to mind with regard to reports of sexual abuse in the Church is the Creed. Today this profession is a contradiction and mockery of our faith and what Catholics hold sacred.
What was once holy is now unholy. Over decades the Church has dramatically transformed from a spiritual institution to a self-serving cult. What is so heart-wrenching is that the victims are so young, and scarred for life by learned men protected at the highest levels.
Rape is just another form of genocide. It kills the victims’ minds, destroys trust, and in many cases the abused become suicidal.
It has been said that where there is power, men will try to use it for their own ends, good or bad.
Religious men and woman are not perfect. They are as ordinary and imperfect as any other soul. But they must never use God’s grace as an excuse, thinking that because of their status they are exempt from the consequences of sin.
Catholics can no longer be silent. The Vatican has to get its own house in order before it can even attempt to pull a moral card on its followers. Catholics have been shamed and embarrassed for too long by the Vatican and clergy.
Do I believe in the Holy Catholic Church? Not anymore. I do, however, believe in the Holy Eucharist.