This morning, I made an Amazon search to buy a book on spiritual disciplines to supplement the (very Protestant) one I am already reading. I settled on The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin. Considering the new Pope is a Jesuit, and also this book looked amazing, I bought it. All my blogfriends already know I love Catholic spirituality anyway
I’m one of those Amazon shoppers that reads the negative reviews for kicks, especially if there are 101 “5 stars” and 2 “1 star” reviews. Those are always interesting.
There was one that was particularly inflammatory. It had a “0 out of 7 found this helpful” rating, for what it was worth.
In short, the issue was of the vow of Celibacy. The person lambasted the book because it propagated this discipline as right and true. Only reason. He used 1 Timothy 3 references. He connected celibacy with homosexuality (huh?). And he made mention of God punishing the Vatican and other angry stuff, also calling the Vatican the “GAY CLUB.” The person assured his readership that he was, indeed, Catholic. I’m sure if you’re interested you can find the comment on Amazon.
Low and behold, I found myself defending the Catholic leadership to a very upset Catholic. Me, the one who has severe denominational confusion. I think I’ll call it SDC from now on.
I don’t know if this person will ever know that the person defending “his Church” to him was a Protestant, but I would consider myself embarrassed if a Catholic defended Protestant practices or theology to me.
I suppose I just accept the authority of those in Rome when it comes to Church practice. I may not be Catholic, but I trust their leadership.
I was going tell this person something else regarding his spiritual health (who is THAT angry?), but I didn’t want to get preachy. So I’ll say it here:
“Pope Francis I asked the faithful to pray for him. If you are indeed faithful, you will. You will pray for revival in the hearts of all who claim Jesus Christ. You will pray for Rome’s leadership, that they will be led by the Holy Spirit. To ask for a perfect Vatican is to ask for the impossible. But to ask God to give them direction, that is what is asked of the faithful.”