A Plea to Catholic Bishops at the Crossroads

By Tim Von Dohlen
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Originally posted by Catholic Business Journal: https://www.catholicbusinessjournal.com/columns/tim-von-dohlen/a-plea-to-catholic-bishops-at-the-crossroads/ 

 

 

A Plea to Catholic Bishops at the Crossroads

I am like so many lay Catholics, regular parishioners in pews and parishes throughout the United States, who respectfully yearn to hear the voice of our bishops amid today’s various shades of increasing social upheaval and confusion—a voice anchored profoundly in the truths of Christ, His Teachings, and His Church that has safeguarded those teachings for more than 2,000 years.

 

As a lifelong Catholic reared by parents who by their example created a recognition of the importance of God in my life. I was taught that putting God first was best accomplished by attendance frequently at Holy Mass, including every Sunday and Holy Day, regular confession, and the receipt of the Eucharist.

 

I can still remember serving 6:00 am Mass in the first grade in 1949.

 

It was always clear to me that there was a special reverence needed for the Eucharist and not too many years later I began to understand the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

 

Yet recent surveys of Catholics show a range from a low of 31% to a high of 49% who believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. How sad, especially when modern technology and communication methods allow anyone to read and learn about Eucharistic miracles that have taken place over the centuries, including the Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires which took place on August 18, 1996. Clear proof for anyone who has—or seeks—faith.

 

I attended Catholic school through the 8th grade. I relied on the Newman Center at the University of Texas to help keep me grounded in my faith while in college, reared my children as Catholics, have read and continue reading the Bible and great Catholic authors, have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP), and am a member of numerous Catholic lay organizations.

 

I am not alone. […]

 

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