We all know Catholics who have walked away from the Faith. But whether it's because they are scandalized at the sex abuse crisis, think Church teaching on sexuality is outdated and backwards or any number of other reasons, it's the bishops who bear responsibility.
For 50 years, zealous seminarians — especially those who have manifested a love for the Church's constant teaching, called for a reverent Mass with no innovations, demonstrated a devotion to the Rosary and acknowledged the reality of sin and Hell — have been sidelined and even kicked out of the seminary for being "rigid."
They have been forced to interact with other good seminarians in the shadows and to be careful to not question their teachers who espouse the heretical teachings of modernist theologians.
While some good priests have successfully navigated the process, many worldly men have sprinted through, receiving tenure at posh parishes where they do little more than serve as administrators, careful to not make waves by preaching homilies that discuss divorce, contraception, abortion, feminism or LGBT ideology.
On social media, orthodox Catholics defend the Faith, not so much against Protestants and non-Catholics, but against people who believe themselves to be Catholic while picking and choosing the doctrines they like. How many times have you seen it expressed that "I've been going to Catholic school for 16 years, and I've never heard any of that"? Of course, it's often the students of Jesuit "education" who say that.
But all of this mischief has happened because bishops have allowed it to happen. It's happened on the watch of the bishops ordained in the 1940s and 1950s who studied their theology in Latin and had to defend their theses in Latin to a board of theologians.
Subsequent bishops have been in seminaries that held "coming out parties" for homosexual seminarians. Read Goodbye, Good Men: How Liberals Brought Corruption Into the Catholic Church, by Michael Rose — it will give you a whole new understanding of how we became so thoroughly debased.
To hear more, watch today's episode of The Download — Stolen Inheritance.