Theology and Interesting Articles
While in the seminary, I remember comments made by instructors that implied that priests who transitioned out of ministry did so because they lost their faith. But, this is not true. Most priests who leave have not lost their faith but left in response to their faith. For most, leaving the priesthood was a necessary step in the maturing of their faith.
Transitioned priests found that within Catholicism faith in God is secondary. The main object of faith in which one (especially a priest) is expected to give their mental assent is ecclesiastical dogma. Because Catholicism is presently controlled (nota bene: this was written pre Pope Francis) by leaders who have embraced Catholic fundamentalism, this object of faith is becoming more clearly defined. Finding freedom from religious oppression entails discovering a belief system where the oppressing agent is no longer empowered and one has an unmediated access to God. Below you will find articles helpful in developing faith that is robust, yet not defined by an institution whose ultimate goal is control.
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