The New Pope
I don't believe you have to accept every tenant of the Catholic church to be a faithful member of the church, but it is completely unreasonable to criticize the Church for not agreeing with you. Like any organization, you will find areas of agreement and disagreement. If the areas of disagreement become more important to you than the areas of disagreement, you should probably leave.
Today's OpinionJournal had this comment:
- But the Catholic Church, it is worth recalling, is not a one-man show. All the media focus on Rome when a new pope is elected distorts the nature of the church itself. The problems and opportunities facing Catholics around the world cannot be solved by papal fiat or pontifical programs. Bishops and priests can help. But what the church needs most are Catholics who want to be Catholics, who know what that means, and who seek the grace to become true disciples of Christ. That they must do themselves.
The Catholic church is what it is. I joined the Catholic Church specifically because it wasn't changing to satisfy the fads of society, like my previous church. I have found great fulfillment in this. I pray that you will, also.
Another good comment, worthy of repeating, from the OpinionJournal:
- The papacy changes the man as much as the man chances the papacy. Years before his election yesterday, then Cardinal Ratzinger spoke openly of wanting to retire. Now he has a job for life and seems refreshed.