Brandon Vogt

Why I’m Still Catholic Despite the Sex Abuse Crisis

As the Vatican kicks off a four-day summit addressing the Church’s sexual abuse crisis, I’ve been asked by many non-Catholic friends, “Why are you still Catholic? How could you remain tied to such a dirty institution?” Those questions are especially pointed given that my latest book was bluntly titled Why I am Catholic (And You Should Be Too).

Since I wrote the book over a year ago, before revelations of then-Cardinal McCarrick and the horrific “summer of shame,” I barely addressed the abuse crisis. It just wasn’t a burning issue at the time. In fact, up until 2018, in surveys asking former Catholics why they left the Church, the sex abuse crisis never appeared among the top three responses in any survey I saw.

But that’s all changed. More recent surveys put the abuse crisis at the top of almost every list. The crisis has dominated the news coverage, both religious and secular, and it’s an issue no Catholic can ignore, especially ones trying to convince others to become Catholic, too.

So when my publisher, Ave Maria Press, told me that after strong sales of the hardcover edition, they wanted to release a paperback version of the book (which you can order here), we both agreed it should feature a new preface that addresses this topic explicitly, especially as it’s now become the number one reason not to become Catholic.

They graciously allowed me to share the full preface below. Enjoy, and be sure to pick up your copy of the new paperback edition of Why I am Catholic!

 


 

Preface from new paperback edition of Why I am Catholic (And You Should Be Too)

 

Recently, while in Rome for some meetings, I had a chance to visit some of the city’s popular plazas and squares with friends and a video camera. Our goal was to interview young people at random and discover what they thought about God, religion, and the Catholic Church.

We asked simple questions like “What is God?”, “Can you name any saints?”, and “What’s the most important thing Jesus ever did?” Most of the answers were confused or disappointing. “I don’t know” was the most common reply. But one question generated lots of responses. We asked young people, “What’s the best and worst thing the Catholic Church has ever done?” Only a few people could think of anything good associated with the Catholic Church. Some gestured to the beautiful artwork and churches that surrounded us in Rome. One young woman acknowledged that the Catholic Church greatly helped the poor (“but a long time ago,” she added, “not so much now”).

Most revealing were the answers to the second part of that question, about the worst thing the Church has ever done. Several people mentioned the Inquisition or the Crusades. However, by far the most common answer was “the sexual abuse of kids.” Nearly everyone mentioned it. Most strikingly, one person reflected for a moment, then said, “It’s tough for me to answer that question because I honestly don’t know which is worse: killing people or raping young kids.”

Between the publication of the first edition of this book in October 2017 and these street interviews a year later, the Church was rocked by new revelations of sexual abuse and cover-up. Many American Catholics thought that after the bombshell abuse revelations in 2002, the worst was behind them. They were wrong.

An avalanche of new scandals tumbled into the news, from the account of a high-ranking Cardinal accused of abusing young men to grand jury reports chronicling decades of abuse against hundreds of victims in one state alone. The stories are harrowing. Even the few I read made me nauseated and enraged, especially as a father of six young children. And though the majority of these cases occurred in the past—mostly during the fifties, sixties, and seventies—it’s clear that many Church leaders still don’t recognize the gravity of these abuses.

Those initial reports have since been followed by near-daily revelations of sexual impropriety at seminaries, bishops shuffling abusive priests between parishes, and Church leaders not only failing to address the problems but also actively participating in them.

Without question, the revelations of the summer of 2018 have established the last few decades as one of the darkest periods in American Church history. And that has caused many Catholics to understandably wonder why they should remain Catholic. How can I remain associated with such a corrupt institution? How can I keep my children in Catholic parishes and schools if the Church seems incapable of protecting them from sexual abuse? These are questions I’ve asked myself.

At the same time, people outside the Church who are considering becoming Catholic must wonder, Why should I become Catholic in light of all this sickening news? Wouldn’t life be easier in some other church or religion? Those are good questions, too.

So, in a book titled Why I Am Catholic, I can’t avoid the elephant in the room, the most obvious reason not to be Catholic: the sexual abuse crisis. In response, I’ve written this preface to answer why I, a Millennial Catholic, young husband and father, remain Catholic despite these horrific cases of abuse and cover-up.

The main answer is that I’m Catholic because of Jesus, not because of the leaders of the Church. As you’ll see in this book, the principal reason to become Catholic is because you’re convinced Catholicism is true and you believe what the Church teaches about faith, morals, and its own identity. I’m convinced Catholicism is true because of Jesus. I believe the Church wasn’t just started by a group of bumbling bureaucrats but by Jesus himself, God in the flesh.

It’s Jesus I’m drawn to, Jesus I’m committed to, and Jesus I trust. It’s true that Catholics are often drawn to the faith by charismatic leaders, warm parish communities, or impressive schools. There’s nothing wrong with those entry points, as long as we remember that our faith is not ultimately rooted in those things and isn’t compromised when they fail.

As a Catholic, my faith is in Jesus Christ, not his followers. When sin and evil swirl through the Church, I keep my eyes fixed on that reliable center, that untainted source of the Church’s authority and attraction: Jesus.

My second answer is that I know that the sexual abuse crisis is not indicative of the entire Church. The percentage of priests and bishops complicit in these crimes is relatively low (smaller, in fact, than in many other religions). The vast majority of priests and bishops are good, holy men who are just as disgusted as the laity about this abuse. Some of my closest friends are priests and they’re among the most selfless, virtuous people I know.

One reason there’s so much outrage over sexually abusive priests is because most people know, intuitively, that priests are supposed to be moral exemplars. I’m convinced most still are, and it’s a reason I remain close to them.

My third and final answer is that I remain Catholic because I want to be part of the solution. The Church is not just an institution but also a family, and when your family faces a crisis, you don’t flee—you stay and help. When we experience evil or terror, our natural reaction is to run. That’s understandable; we’re scared and scandalized.

But for Catholics, the Church is our family and home; and when evil threatens your family or home, you don’t give up and run away. You batten down the hatches. You plant your feet. You resolve, “This is my home, and I will not let evil destroy it.”

Or, to switch metaphors, when a family member has cancer, you don’t just give up on them and leave. You move closer to them. You resolve to stay by their side and help battle the cancer. You give all you can offer.

That’s what the Catholic Church needs now. In times of crisis—and there have been many such crises throughout the Church’s history (and indeed there will be more)—the Church summons new heroes who are committed to holiness and driven to uproot whatever sin and evil have infected the spiritual family.

So, scandals don’t push me away from the Church, just as a relative’s cancer diagnosis doesn’t push me away from her. In both cases, the evil demands a heroic resolve to stay and fight, to be part of the solution, especially on behalf of the victims.

I want to be very clear: these sexual abuse cases are horrific. There’s no downplaying them or justifying them or explaining them away. They’re egregious and scandalizing. But Catholicism doesn’t fall when its members fail. I’m Catholic not because Church leaders are perfect, but because the Church channels to me the love and forgiveness of Jesus in unparalleled ways: his body and blood in the Eucharist, his forgiveness in Confession.

Life may seem easier outside the Church. But these divine treasures are only found within, and they carry Catholics through even the darkest of times.

 

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  • Rena King

    Hey Brandon! There are many reasons why I am Catholic (converted 18 years ago) and will always be! That is because it is THE Church that Jesus Christ instituted two THOUSAND years ago. Not all members of the Roman Catholic clergy are sexual abusers, just like all law enforcement officers are not corrupt.

    Your book is right–converts CHOOSE to become Catholic. Jesus helped me make that choice, and I know that Jesus is absolutely present in the Eucharist! And we must continue to pray for unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

    Love your website and your ministry! Keep up the great work!

  • Sample1

    Writing as a former believer, coming across this article made me think a bit; would I have remained a Catholic in the wake of Spotlight and the summer of 2018, not to mention Pell?

    I’d have to lean toward yes for this hypothetical, if I’m honest. I think I mostly know why, some of the reasons have been touched on in the OP and comments. So, I get this OP.

    However, human behaviors are, to say the least, fascinating and perplexing. What worries me is if this transnational criminality (let’s call it what is, a “crisis” sounds too mild), actually leads directly to increased membership.

    That’s the qualitative study I’m waiting for…

    Mike, excommunicated naturalist

    • Our Lady of Guadalupe

      As sad as this all is to witness, it is comforting in the sense that this is all going to plan… as a 4th grade teacher, it is horrific to see how brainwashed these kids can be at only age 9. Teachers don’t even have to do the indoctrinating anymore, youtube does it already. It is an impossible thing to undo in most circumstances, and it is God alone who will ultimately save them. So they need that prayer, desperately. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USOuKBpFxrc But no matter, we faithful will continue to spread charity through our faith even in the midst of these tough times. All the best, and God Bless.

      • Sample1

        For once. Just once, I’d like to read a response that did not include a rationalization of this garbage. “It is comforting, it is all going according to plan.” With all due respect do you read what you post? It isn’t comforting. It’s obscene. The punishment, when it’s applied, for too long has been cloistered prayer. Probably within a garden with music and art to admire.

        Let’s say you rescue a child, a shaking abused child. You have him until his parents arrive. During that time, do you whisper into his ear, “this is comforting to me, my lad, because the plan is unfolding.”

        Please tell me you would never think of doing such a thing. And yet you do precisely that today, here. I’m sorry for any who were abused reading this blog today, that they saw your post.

        I’m sure you’re a decent person, but in a situation such as this, rationalizing, for those like me on the outside, freaks us out. We see that absent 100% condemnation people in your church still don’t get it.

        This is a spade is a spade is a spade. We don’t want to hear how you still like the game of cards generally. Call it what it is, and move on and if you feel you own any part of it, state that too and move on.

        Just an observation.

        Mike, excommunicated

  • JP

    I don’t know how you do it. You have to deny so much to be a Roman Catholic.

  • Everyone agrees that sexual abuse of children is horrible. But what about unchastity in the priesthood. Will we find that the great majority of priests are true to their vow of celibacy?

    • lizyfavour

      You are right dear. Nobody is talking about the unchastity of the priesthood. All you will is they also have blood flowing in their veins.
      it such a pity that priest don’t take the vow they sworn on their ordination day seriously any more.
      I doubt if many of them can boldly hit their chest and boost never to have had sex since they were ordined.

      • christian

        Look at martin Luther. I think one of the reasons he left the Church is he can’t hold back to his celibacy duties. 🙂

      • Our Lady of Guadalupe

        You may be correct, but let’s remember that it isn’t for us to judge. For me personally, I find solace that these things which are horrible, are all a more testament to the fact we are right on track in regards to what the Bible says will occur. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USOuKBpFxrc I teach 4th grade and it is obscene how brainwashed some of these kids are already by age 9. But no matter, we faithful will continue to spread charity through our faith! God Bless.

  • Vincent Torley

    Hi Brandon,

    Thanks very much for your article, which made a number of telling points about why you have kept the faith. I noticed, however, that in your second answer to the question, “Why are you still Catholic?”, you remarked, “The percentage of priests and bishops complicit in these crimes is relatively low (smaller, in fact, than in many other religions).” I’m sorry to say that this is not correct. May I refer you to the following 2017 report titled, “Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: An Interpretive Review of the Literature and Public Inquiry Reports,” by Desmond Cahill and Peter Wilkinson, published by the Centre for Global Research, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. (Cahill and Wilkinson both used to be Catholic priests.) Here’s the Google link:

    https://www.associationofcatholicpriests.ie/2017/09/child-sexual-abuse-in-the-catholic-church-an-interpretive-review-of-the-literature-and-public-inquiry-reports/

    What the report shows (see Table 7.3 on page 182) is that the incidence of abuse is much higher among celibate Catholic priests than among married ones; married Orthodox priests also have a very low incidence of abuse. Also, with the exception of the minor Christian sects such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Salvation Army, the Exclusive Brethren and the Seventh-Day Adventists, Catholic priests are much more prone to abuse than other Christian ministers. About 7% of Catholic priests have engaged in child sexual abuse, at some time in their lives. (This estimate covers the period 1950-2010.) (See pages 174-175 of the report.)

    On page 186, the report adds: “The prevalence of child abuse by other professional groups would seem to be far less than for Catholic priests and religious brothers, although clerical misconduct studies point to boundary violations by both Protestant and Catholic clergy involving adult partners.”

    Finally, on page 260, the report points out: “The prevalence studies show the offending rate is very much higher in the Western Latin Church than in the Eastern Catholic Churches except that there are cases, especially in Canada, of priests from the Ukrainian Church who up till now have had to remain celibate and from the Syro-Malabar Eastern Church who follow the Latin celibacy tradition (John Jay 2004). In those other Eastern rites where the priests are allowed to marry, albeit only before ordination, the offending rate is low, probably negligible.”

    I don’t want to pin the abuse scandal on celibacy alone, as there are many factors at work, including a gay subculture of “priests and brothers who have not satisfactorily resolved their sexual identity in a mature, adult manner” (to cite the words of the report). But the fact that the Orthodox are not troubled by this sexual abuse scandal should tell us something. Even among priests, celibacy should be an option for the few, not the many. Sadly, most men are too psychologically weak and/or twisted to live up to its high demands over the course of a lifetime. Think about it: would anyone now claim that most priests have never broken their vow of chastity by performing forbidden sexual acts, whether alone or with others? A vow is a very solemn thing. It is never meant to be broken.

    May I also refer you to the following report by Barney Zwartz (former religion editor for “The Age,” a Melbourne [Australia] newspaper) and Jane Lee, dated October 19, 2012:

    “Catholic clergy the worst abusers, inquiry told”

    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/catholic-clergy-the-worst-abusers-inquiry-told-20121019-27vqi.html

    “Catholic clergy commit six times as much abuse as those in the rest of the churches combined, ”and that’s a conservative figure”, a child protection expert says.

    “Patrick Parkinson, a Sydney University law professor, told the state inquiry into how the churches handle sex abuse yesterday that the figures for the Catholic Church were strikingly out of proportion.”

    I’ll leave it to readers to draw their own conclusions. Sorry for the interruption; I’ve said my bit. Cheers.

  • eric

    This is well said. It is not the time to jump ship, instead we should continue to strive for holiness and seriousness in our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of these clerical homosexual depravity, Simony and other form of clerical abuse. I got encouraged in reading, ‘Bad Shepherd’ by Rod Bennett. He really shows how corrupt the clergy has sometime been throughout history. And yet, Christ has always shown the Church the way out of darkness.

    I hope that whatever is happening in Vatican this week with the Synod discussing clerical abuses, that firm and tough decision will be taken. Time to clean up the Temple!

    http://practicalhelpwitheric.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-catholic-church-and-judas.html

    • Our Lady of Guadalupe

      As sad as these things are to witness, it should be all the more comforting to us all. It is all going according to plan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USOuKBpFxrc We faithful will continue to spread charity through our faith no matter the opposition. God Bless!

  • Dan Carollo

    On the general question of “Why Catholic?” I am reminded of a response to a similar question posted to Walker Percy, to which he replied: “What else is there?”

    Obviously, that answer requires a bit of unpacking. For me, I was at struck at first by the beauty and reverence of the Catholic mass long before I was struck by its truth. It was more of the classic “truth follows beauty” thing for me. The sense in which the mass brings the presence of Christ literally into the midst of the congregation is unparalleled in ANY Christian tradition — except maybe Orthodoxy.

    I begin to be taken in by the “truth” of it when I was finally challenged with the fact that Protestantism (especially my modern evangelical version of it) was NOT the default position of Christianity — either historically, theologically or sacramentally. (Reformed Professor Carl Trueman actually gives a rather honest concession here in his review of Mark Noll’s book “Is The Reformation Over?” Look it up on reformation21.org)

    I finally came to the position that Protestantism was not something I could just assume de-facto — but something I actually had to produce good reasons for. For example, I had to come up with better reasons for my belief of why there was only 66 books of the Bible, why the Eucharist was only a symbolic memorial rite, why baptism was only for believers, or why “The Church” was only ever meant to be a body of individual believers led by a locally-ordained pastor — essentially, why the church somehow “got it wrong” for the first 1500 years, only to be “fixed” by the Reformation.

    When I couldn’t produce better reasons — I was naturally compelled to take Catholicism’s claims seriously.

    Getting back to the more pertinent topic: “Why REMAIN Catholic despite the scandals”? I will give a version of this answer I posted on Brandon’s FB page….

    From its very beginnings, the Church has always suffered pastoral disasters and human-created dysfunctions (Keeping in mind: Catholic History is ALSO Protestant history — whether you like it or not. And scandals and abuse of power didn’t suddenly cease to exist when churches became Protestant after the 16th century)

    But the same fire that has become the occasion for the destruction of homes and lives is also the SAME fire that gives warmth and light. The same Church in which the occasion of horrific abuse has arisen is the SAME church in which we find the creeds, the beauty of sacraments, the works of mercy, the building of hospitals, universities, or the marshaling of armies of missionaries to the ends of the earth, and with it — the path for transformation and renewal in the world.

    If the sins of McCarrick (and his enablers) can drive people from the Church — then can I argue that the example of great clergy like Fr. Ted Pfeifer — who risked his life to defend his parishes against the violence of drug cartel lords in Mexico — should keep people in?

    But at the end of the day, we must remember it’s not the clergy (good or bad) who define the Church – but Christ Himself. While a perfectly-beautiful musical score can be ruined in the hands of a bad conductor — that should not be a reason alone to abandon the score. Clericalism needs to die a well-deserved death, but God’s shepherds who ARE doing the right thing, need to continue to do the great work they are doing to bring the sacraments and the transforming light of the gospel to the world. They cannot do it alone — the need the laity to support and pray for them, and to be vigilant WITH them.

  • ArtND76

    Fidelity to Jesus Christ, God the Father’s only begotten Son, matters.

    To deny ordination to married men is to denigrate nearly half of the original 12 chosen by the Son of God, including the first Pope. It is to have the arrogance to think that we fallen humans can improve on the choices made by the Son of God by only ordaining those “more dedicated” than the original 12.

    Arguments for ordaining only the unmarried (on top of vows of celibacy – the original understanding of celibacy could be applied to married as well) can be made based on psychology, studies, more time available for the flock, superior practice of chastity (which we are now having thrown in our faces how much that can be mere facade instead of fact), putting the flock first, being a more authentic priest acting “in the person of Christ”, because Jesus was unmarried and many more “reasons” for restricting the ordained to the unmarried. It comes down to following the example given us by the Son of God, the eternal Word through whom all was and is made that has been made. There is no denying He chose married men for several of His 12. He could have just as easily had 12 unmarried disciples that did not run, such as John – He is God, after all.

    An argument can also be made that the successors of the apostles have the authority to deny ordination to whomever they find unfit. I agree that they have that authority and I submit to that authority. That does not mean I should not point out what even I can see as an obvious difference between who Jesus called to be leaders and who His church is now calling, apparently in an attempt to “improve” on His choices! How is that working out? At least if I point this out publicly I can go before divine judgement with one less sin of omission.

    As Benedict XVI pointed out, the solution is “fidelity to Christ”.

    • Islam_Is Islam

      ArtND76: It’s me Islam Is Islam. I am not stalking you. The comment I submitted at Church Militant will not be allowed. I do not know why but I suspect in their wisdom their agenda doesn’t allow certain bloggers to be mentioned in their comment thread. As they lifted their prohibition about making observations about former Cdl Bergoglio, perhaps they will eventually lift this prohibition. Anyway, this is the comment I tried to leave for you at Church Militant on March 5, 2019 in reply to your valid observations concerning the Mosaic Law being the primary motivator for continence between Peter and his wife:

      ArtND76: Are you saying then that “old wine can be poured into new wine skins” without negative consequences? Just now it strikes me that you have hit on an actual for real example of TRUE “hermeneutic of continuity” or “harmonious development of doctrine”. In other words, you assert that Peter’s and the other apostles’ (and their wives’) motivation for their own “personal choice” of continence had nothing (or maybe little) to do with Christ’s Sacrifice and the New Covenant? They were just following the dictates of the Mosaic Law (which Christ came to fulfill). Is that what you are saying?

      That you are well read is evident but perhaps you would research a little further in keeping in mind the precise rubrics of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass especially in the TLM when the priest has his elbows on the altar while he gazes deeply at his Beloved (Our Beloved) Who is now present in his hands on the altar.

      It is jarring to comprehend at first, but what naturally occurring act of dominance/submission does this position reflect, Art?

      Yes, Art, THE Mystery of Faith is a nuptial feast worthy of contemplation, adoration, prostration, etc… I hope that your research leads you to resources that explain this little-exposited and even lesser-known rubritical(sp?) fact. There is a very good resource online but at this time Disqus or CM Moderators won’t allow this blogger’s name to be mentioned. Shhhhhh…

    • Our Lady of Guadalupe

      I understand your sentiments, but on the other hand I can also vouch for the fact that a good holy priest could no way carry on a married lifestyle and still serve the church and his parishioners in the way he could if he gave over everything to Our Lord. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USOuKBpFxrc Just because some priests have fallen, doesn’t make the Holy Orders any less meritorious. Plus, think of all the trivial gossip and division that could go on…We faithful must continue to spread charity through our faith, and let Christ and of course, Our Lady, handle the rest. God Bless.

      • ArtND76

        I appreciate your view based upon your experience. I have had a different set of experiences, including attending a Melkite Catholic parish for a period of time. This parish had a married priest as pastor at that time. Compared to the Latin Catholic parishes I have attended, that Melkite parish was as good or better than the Latin parishes, and the priest’s homilies were consistently better, in my opinion, along with his entire pastoral approach.

        That said, I realize that we finite humans only see partial pictures of reality while we are in this life. That is why fidelity to Christ is so important: as God, He sees the complete picture and therefore the example He set is the only light we can trust. That is why I am pointing out what I see as this long term deviation from His example – because I think deviating from His example, no matter how well intended, is ultimately spiritually dangerous.

        I see the limiting of ordination to only the unmarried as a deviation from the example set by the Christ in choosing the 12. Now does the church have the authority to limit ordination to only the unmarried? Yes, I agree that the church has that authority, given by Christ, and I submit to that authority. I am only calling out what I see as a deviation from the example set by Christ. If I love the church, it is my duty to do so.

  • Lenore Maslonka

    When I joined the Church over 50 years ago, my priest made sure I knew that the Catholic Church is a church of sinners. Christ came to save sinners.
    We have been blessed over centuries to have great saints also. But they have been the exception and are to be rejoiced in!
    Hopefully by my time to die I will be close enough to steal purgatory. But I am still working toward that goal.
    That said, we can still expect and demand that our priests are making the effort to live the vows they took. And that anyone advanced to bishop or cardinal or pope should be trying harder and be more advanced toward becoming saintly. At the very least, they should believe in the faith that they profess at every Mass they say.
    Why is no one talking about the herd of elephants maurading through seminaries, rectories, and episcopal places! This is where corrections should start. If these people do not follow Christ’s teachings, how can any decent behavior be expected. Power corrupts.
    We are blessed that the Holy Spirit is bringing this out into the light of day.
    And that the Church…at least in the US… at this time has acquired a number of faithful, articulate and courageous lay people who are speaking up and holding the Bishops accountable!
    Read history! Faithful lay people have always been important in combating heresy.
    Come Holy Spirit, fill the heart of your people….
    st Michael, defend us….

    • Our Lady of Guadalupe

      I have to say, I really appreciated that first comment you made about the Church being full of sinners. That’s a profound statement that I have never really internalized deeply, yet. Have you read the Divine Mercy Diary? So incredibly rich! As a 4th grade teacher I too will echo your sentiment on reading more about the history of the church. Too much has gotten lost from generation to generation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USOuKBpFxrc God Bless.

  • David Moore

    Former Roman Catholic and longtime Protestant with a decidedly small c catholic sensibility here.

    Hey Brandon,

    There are many reasons I am not a Roman Catholic, but one certainly is the pervasive, historic, and systemic secrecy. Many examples could be offered. For example, the secrecy of the curia coupled with the condescending clericalism I’ve seen firsthand from priests in spite of what Vatican II says about learning from the laity are just a few.

    It stretches credulity to think the Roman Catholic church can properly handle such things given its long and problematic history.

    And for the record, I taught in Poland and know many dynamic Christians who are in the Roman Catholic church. I just think the overall system is badly broken, but lacks the proper theology in doctrine, leadership, and praxis to make things right.

    • Our Lady of Guadalupe

      As sad as it all is to witness, this is all very comforting to a traditional Catholic. The Church has been on this course since it’s Genesis, and is all the more proof to me personally. I mean why aren’t there huge scandals like this is Baptist churches? Why do Satanists come and steal the Blessed Sacrament? Why did the Bible warn us about wolves in sheeps clothing like some of these monstrous priests? BECAUSE it is the One true Church. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USOuKBpFxrc As a 4th grade teacher I can’t tell you how sad it is to see how some of these kids are already at such a young age. But we faithful will continue to spread charity through our faith. God Bless.

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