March 5, 2013

Much of what Lisa Miller says in her March 2 On Faith column, “Even if they don’t obey the rules, Catholics stick with the Church,” is true. The Catholic Church has a history of scandal and corruption. What large global institution does not?

Many Catholics criticize the church for this and for its refusal to modernize, to “get with the times,” such as changing its views about human sexuality, approving same-sex marriage, granting women the power of the priesthood, approving of abortion and so forth. And yet, while casting aside the church’s teachings, they still claim to be Catholic.

But the “old” Catholic Church, which these people reject, has survived 2,000 years. It speaks with the authority and truth given it by Jesus Christ when he bestowed on Peter the Keys of the Kingdom. At that time, he assured that the church would survive to the end of time and the gates of hell would not prevail against it.

The bark of Peter has weathered centuries of storms and, undoubtedly, will encounter many more. But it is anchored firmly and is not subject to the winds of change. I believe this constancy is what keeps Catholics — devout and otherwise — tied to the Catholic Church. They recognize the authority and absolute truths it has held since its inception two millennia ago. This lifeline keeps the naysayers in tow just in case the new trends of modernity might not be right, after all.

Ellie P. Clem, McLean