The Biggest Problem with the Catholic Church
Blogged by James Preece on 24th December 2012
People disagree with the Catholic Church for a lot of reasons.
There's the Pope - he's keeps going around telling people what to do when he should really keeping his budgies out of our avieries (or something like that). As I've often explained to our three year old, being a bossy boots is not cool.
Then there's the condom ban which makes it very difficult to avoid babies because as we all know, avoiding babies is the first step to happiness. Babies cry, are messy and after a couple of years you have to tediously explain to them about not being a bossy boots.
One friend of mine told me his biggest problem with Catholicism is that you can't take drugs. A particular difficulty is taking drugs across borders because a lot of smugglers hide the drugs in condoms - so far as I know the Church has no problem with Normal Farmacy Purchasing (NFP).
Not to mention same-sex "marriage", the lack of women priests and spending all the money on solid gold cups instead of giving the money to the poor. Then they have the cheek to force everybody to call said cups "chalices" - that's a step too far. I'm off!
These are, so I hear, the big problems with the Catholic Church. These are the things I hear about all the time because people are idiots.
The fact is, frankly, that all of the above is small potatoes. This might shock some of the more sensible Catholic bloggers, but if I were to make a list of Top Ten Problematic Catholic Teachings then condoms, gay marriage and bossy Popes wouldn't even be on it.
Those things are not important to the Church - we hear about them all the time because they are important to idiots with a pelvis where they should have a brain.
Approximately two thousand years ago Almighty God was born in a stable to a human mother. I won't say the V word you might get distracted... All Powerful Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth, became a helpless baby who was also God. Now that's a problem.
Think about the whole universe compressed in to a single tiny point no bigger than the smallest thing you can imagine at the moment before the big bang, that's incredible, but it doesn't come close to the image of an Infinite God laying in a manger because there's no room at the inn.
We're so used to hearing the nativity story that we can talk about God becoming a baby and it doesn't even register - when it should make us need to sit down for a moment.
The infant grew to be the man Jesus Christ. A man who died and rose from the dead - but the wonder of the ressurection is not to be found in a God who didn't die. Gods don't die. It's what they do. No - the real problem is that God died. Gods are not supposed to die - what is He playing at?
It all makes the whole "Gee whizz guys, your bossy Pope sure has a lot to say about condoms" stuff seem rather unimportant. God became a baby and died.
That's the problem.
Not only because it sounds ludicrous, but because it's true and because it's true all of those other things pale in to insignificance. Learning to live without condoms isn't a big deal when the Creator of the Universe became man and died for your salvation.
So my Christmas wish is that we could maybe stop talking about the little problems and start talking about this big ones.
Oh and er, Peace on earth would be nice...