I went through a couple of years of soul searching during the 'sex abuse' crisis. I really tried to figure out how far the priests go to run a successful diocesan fundraising machine and what it meant for the salvation of my soul and the souls of my children.
It got low.
After going through rigorous training about salvation, if priests were willing to lie to the people in the pews, through omission and commission on all the hot button issues, I didn't have any trust that as they were standing there saying the words of consecration, they had the intentions of the Church to convect the wine and bread into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord.
Aryan heresy, schmeracy.
The priest has to do three things. He's got to say the right prayers, he's got to use the right matter and he has to believe and intend to Consecrate.
If he uses the wrong matter or if he doesn't say the prayers - or both - you can't tell me that he showed up at the Altar with the intention. My mother did not raise a fool.
We watch people coming and going each week without any sense of sin, being blasted and maligned and scandalized when they believe in the Sacraments. There is no basis for believing the priest is a believer.
You've got to pick up your family and find a good priest. If your efforts to try to convert them have failed, Christ gave us the instructions. Dust your sandals and get out of Dodge.
There are more priests out there who are believers than there was 10 years ago. Even in Boston. They have to fly under the radar here because the Chancery is occupied by catechetical terrorists -- but they are out there. Find one. Settle in and let the curses pass over.
Matt Abbot has a story today that exemplifies the ridiculousness of crowd in control of and withholding the temporal goods of our faith in a story about a priest who claims there is no teaching that pedophilia is a sin.
Technically speaking, this is true. You've got to know what the Commandments mean and then apply the tools to all behavior. If you eliminate that tool, you lose it all.