Mike Leach’s wonderful Why Stay Catholic? Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question has this great quote from the late lamented Walter Burghardt, S.J.
I have seen more Catholic corruption than you have read of. I have tasted it. I have been reasonably corrupt myself. And yet I [take] joy in this Church – this living, pulsing, sinning people of God, love it with a crucifying passion.
Why? For all the Catholic hate, I experience here a community of love. For all the institutional idiocy, I find here a tradition of reason. For all the individual repressions, I breathe here an air of freedom. For all the fear of sex, I discover here the redemption of the body.
In an age so inhuman, I touch here the tears of compassion. In a world so grim and humorless, I share here rich joy and laughter. In the midst of death, I hear an incomparable stress on life. For all the apparent absence of God, I sense here the real presence of Christ!