Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Never underestimate the desire of Catholics to remain ignorant. Someone(s) told me that. I used to run a religious book store that a had all kinds of classics, and up to date books on Catholic and non-Catholic paths. We had a few religious articles too. The store just could not turn a profit. Now, the same space has a few books and lots of religious articles/things/baubles and it is doing quite well. Most Catholics prefer shiny stuff rather than learning. They prefer their leaders just to tell them what to do. These unread people get all upset when they hear bishops disagreeing. "What am I supposed to believe, or do?" they anxiously ask. Well, if such people had been better educated and a more inquiring mind, they would know history. Bishops disagree. It is the way of religion. We worship God and not the Catholic Church. We are an imperfect group who because of our own prejudices, can only approximate what God wishes. We know little, but in our worse moments, profess to know all. All religions seem to make a common mistake, and in this we are all alike. They profess to be too right, and everyone else too wrong.