Click here to read what Archbishop Chaput has to say about this issue.
Lets not fool ourselves, People Just Don't Want to Hear The Truth! Hearing the truth means that they might have to actually evaluate their actions, their lives, and heaven forbid, make a change!
No, it is just too easy to be oblivious to the facts, oblivious to the reality that many catholics are only catholics in name, not in life, not in actions.......
Does speaking the truth create uproar and make some people unhappy, maybe even ANGRY.
Sure. But always attempting to make people happy, never trying to make people upset, never challenging situations or issues, doesn't help.
What would Jesus say about all of this:
"For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to bear witness to the truth." THE TRUTH! There is truth—truth that comes from outside the world and gives meaning to the world. The world doesn't make this truth. It doesn't shape or change this truth. It is THE TRUTH, not a truth for me and a different truth for you. But THE TRUTH for all of us. Unchanging, absolute.
There may have been a generation or a century when this simple implication of the text would not need to be stressed:
that there is truth—truth outside of my own mind, truth that I don't create but discover, that I don't control but submit to.
There may have been a time when we didn't have to proclaim this as part of the Christian message.
But not today.
Quoting Archbishop Chaput:
“Catholics in America, at least the many good Catholics who yearn to live their faith honestly and deeply, can easily feel tempted to hopelessness,” he concluded. “It becomes very burdensome to watch so many persons who call themselves Catholic compromise their faith and submit their hearts and consciences to the Caesars of our day.”
Christians must never forget the words of Jesus: “In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”