I have been rereading Michael Leach’s, Why Stay Catholic? — Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question and am finding just as wonderful as I remember. I was touched by this quotation from Walter Burghardt, S.J. As Mike says, “It is the sweetest voice you will hear in this book.”
I have seen more Catholic corruption than you have read of. I have tasted it. I hove 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.