|Posted on May 26, 2011 at 8:47 AM|
How many times have we all heard that "I don't go to Church anymore, because there are too many hypocrites there." However, the history of the church from day 1 is that there have always been hypocrites in the church. Peter denied Jesus 3 times after seeing Him perform miracle after miracle. Peter himself walked on water for a while at the behest of Jesus. Thomas refused to believe that Jesus rose from the dead after the resurrection. Judas turned Jesus in to the Sanhedrin in an act of betrayal. It's no different today, where people go to Church on Sunday to receive the Eucharist on the same tongue that they blasphemed God with and slandered others with during the previous week.
And of course there are those who stay away because of the church scandals in the priesthood, which has affected less than 4% of priests over 50 years (that means that over 96% of priests are clean as a whistle). The so called "mainstream media" would have us all believe that those numbers are reversed.
However, the real scandal in the church is not the low percentage of scandalous priests; the real scandal in the church is in the pews, not on the altar. The sins of parishioners that are confessed to the priest in the confessional week after week, if made public like the sins of the priests, would probably make the sins of the priests seem miniscule in comparison.
So to clear all of this up, I say that "The Church is not a museum for saints; rather, it's a hospital for sinners!"