[For the audio version of this homily, click here: Pentecost 2012]
- When priests are talked about in secular society, for example, (especially in the media) the focus is almost always on the 4% who are bad, not on the 96% who are good. Most of the time the 96% don’t even get mentioned! It’s as if they don’t exist.
- When the history of the Church is spoken of or written about, the focus is almost always on the terrible sins that some members of the Church have committed over the centuries, and not on the billions and billions of loving acts that the majority of Catholics have performed over the same period of time in the name of Jesus Christ.
- And when people who have left the Church or given up the practice of their faith want to make their point and justify themselves, what do they say? They say, “All those Catholics who go to church—they’re all the same; they’re a bunch of phonies; they’re a bunch of hypocrites.”