Spotlight on my Faith

Upon the recommendation and egging of my sister, I downloaded the movie Spotlight and watched it.

I must say... what a powerful movie about sexual abuse within the Catholic Church!

I do recall hearing accounts about events in Boston, it must have been through CNN and all I saw were snippets.  That was quite a while back.

At the end of the movie, Manila and Cebu in the Philippines were among the list of places enumerated where there are accounts on record. 

The movie itself I thought was phenomenal!  The actors all showed how crucial reporting and journalism is.  Investigation beyond the call of duty and perseverance!

I am catholic.  I was truly touched by the accounts narrated in the movie.  I feel for all victims of abuse, not just within the catholic church.  it's beyond complex.

I thought about my mother who was traditionally catholic and who like many others that lived ordinary lives had their own difficult struggles too.

Depending on how one defines religion in their personal lives and journeys, it can be difficult to live by and live with.  With all do respect to religion, it can make or break.   

Not directly with God but everything else in between that leads one to God.  That is, the Church, the Organization, the laws...

In the end, I believe it is important for me to have the kind of inner faith that links me directly to God.  I may not be the kind of Catholic I am "supposed" to be.

But much as I sympathize with all the victims this movie has brought upon me,  my next life will be with God or some higher form of being and not with the idolatry or dogma or some form of teaching that will tie me down or define me.

 

 

Comments 1

 
Ken Hartke on Saturday, 20 February 2016 17:37

As I sit in my somewhat advanced-age perspective I've come to see that God is mostly unknowable and that man's attempts at depicting God or administering how God "rules" the universe are rather pathetic. There are different threads in the fabric of faith that we cling to but miss others. It is all one cloth.

The situation in the Catholic church was/is tailor made for abuses of all kinds...but that is true of other churches as well. Change comes slowly and it is not always progress but the church offers hope and, most often, helps with life's struggles. Many people now choose those aspects of church dogma that they agree with and ignore what they can't accept. In the particular area of sexual abuse, the Catholic church seems to have made a bad situation worse by the response.

My church is a very conservative "old" Lutheran denomination. When I mention my church many people look at me as if I am from Jupiter -- especially my Catholic friends. I have a friend, a former church member who moved away, who asks if there is anything new at church. My answer is that "there's nothing much since around 1580". The church 'fathers' (no 'mothers', of course) are clueless as to the modern needs and struggles among the church families because they are focused on dogma and simplistic platitudes. As an old social worker, I personally think that that approach can be its own form of abuse. Like other folks, I pick and choose and make my own nest within the church and keep the faith as best I can. I don't know what a "good Catholic" or a "good Lutheran" is and don't much care. Pope Francis seems to have his head screwed on right in some of this so maybe there is room for some slight improvement.:)

As I sit in my somewhat advanced-age perspective I've come to see that God is mostly unknowable and that man's attempts at depicting God or administering how God "rules" the universe are rather pathetic. There are different threads in the fabric of faith that we cling to but miss others. It is all one cloth. The situation in the Catholic church was/is tailor made for abuses of all kinds...but that is true of other churches as well. Change comes slowly and it is not always progress but the church offers hope and, most often, helps with life's struggles. Many people now choose those aspects of church dogma that they agree with and ignore what they can't accept. In the particular area of sexual abuse, the Catholic church seems to have made a bad situation worse by the response. My church is a very conservative "old" Lutheran denomination. When I mention my church many people look at me as if I am from Jupiter -- especially my Catholic friends. I have a friend, a former church member who moved away, who asks if there is anything new at church. My answer is that "there's nothing much since around 1580". The church 'fathers' (no 'mothers', of course) are clueless as to the modern needs and struggles among the church families because they are focused on dogma and simplistic platitudes. As an old social worker, I personally think that that approach can be its own form of abuse. Like other folks, I pick and choose and make my own nest within the church and keep the faith as best I can. I don't know what a "good Catholic" or a "good Lutheran" is and don't much care. Pope Francis seems to have his head screwed on right in some of this so maybe there is room for some slight improvement.:)
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