So, this “Catholic” (obviously in name only) counseling center has decided to hold a fundraiser with a very special guest, former president Bill Clinton. And they wonder why the bishop is telling everyone to boycott this thing. A spokeswoman for the center offered her little pearl of wisdom saying that they are non-denominational and that the event has nothing to do with their Catholicism.
Hello! Your name is “Catholic Family Counseling Centre.” I understand that the agency serves people of other faiths, but come on. I mean, I worked for Catholic Social Services, and we served people of all faiths, obviously. Actually, if you look at the statistics regarding those receiving services, Catholics make up only a very small percentage. I can’t speak for all CSS offices, of course, but this was the case at the office in which I worked. But, CSS receives CATHOLIC funding and support, and is an archdiocesan agency, so they are supposed to conduct themselves in a manner that is representative of the Church.
Honestly, I don’t know if this counseling center receives Church funding or if they are considered a part of the diocese or not, but regardless, they have the name “Catholic” on their door. As a Catholic person or entity, it is simply ridiculous to invite someone to represent you who obviously does not support the teachings of the Church. I am not going to sit here and bad-mouth our former president, but his actions have made it pretty clear that this is the case.
It’s simple, really, and I have to say this covers not just this instance, but all of those instances which seek to poison our Church, and to turn away from the Truth; if you have such a problem with the Catholic faith, and you hate it so much, then please, do us all a favor and leave.
Don’t call yourself Catholic if you aren’t.
In the words of one of my favorite priests of all time, “You can sit in McDonald’s all day long saying, ‘I’m a Big Mac! I’m a Big Mac! I’m a Big Mac!’ But, guess what! You aren’t a Big Mac, no matter how many times you say it. In the same way, if you do not accept the teachings of the Church, you are not Catholic.”
I am not trying to be hateful; rather, I am simply asking why you would want to claim to be a part of something in which you don’t believe. I don’t call myself Baptist because I don’t accept the beliefs of the Baptist church. In the same token, if you don’t believe in the Real Presence, or a male-only priesthood, or you do believe that abortion and euthanasia are OK, just to name a few, then why would you want to call yourself Catholic?
If this agency does not want to be tied to the Catholic Church, then take our name off the door.
Also, I applaud this bishop for coming forward and speaking out against this. I wish we had more bishops and priests who would show some courage and speak out against all the nonsense and whining that frankly, I am SO over.
I know we should pray for conversion; I also know that I am not perfect, and I do believe that conversion is possible no matter how impossible it may seem. I know that God can do anything, and that people’s hearts can be changed. But, we can’t just sit back and allow people to breakdown His Church either.
EDIT: I forgot to mention, What’s up, Mr. Davies?! I can’t believe you found us! Email us!