There has been a lot of controversy in the news about Catholics that don't adhere to Catholic teachings. Last month, Cardinal Burke, a Vatican official, advised U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi to stop receiving Holy Communion because of her continued support of abortion. Recently a priest with a blog wrote a controversial article criticizing a progressive Catholic columnist at the Huffington Post. Catholics who identify themselves as Catholic but who believe in abortion, gay marriage and who want reform in the Catholic Church, have been called cafeteria Catholics, progressive Catholics or even hypocrites.
There are two Catholic Churches emerging. First, there is the Traditional Church which is sound in teaching, unwavering in dogma and doctrine. The second Church is the liberal Church. It calls itself 'Catholic' but does not support Tradition or the True Faith.* It is a watered down faith that supports the persons ideals and/or position.
The problem lies when people accept them as one church because both say they are Catholic. I wonder how many Catholics have been led astray by Catholic politicians and other Catholics with titles, who dictate against Catholic doctrine?
We all struggle with sin, but there is a difference between struggling with sin and accepting it as truth. As I've gotten older, I've talked to priests asking them to explain a Catholic teaching I was confused about or didn't understand. If you live in the Dayton area and have a question or need help understanding a teaching, I urge you to speak to either of the two priests in Dayton at Immaculate Conception Church, to help you. Don't go by what others say, ask a priest. If you live in another community, ask anyone that goes to church regularly, they can tell you who to talk to in your community. Start asking around and you'll find a holy priest.
Be aware of the two Catholic churches. Look at the spirituality of who is dictating and what they dictate. It is important to investigate the beliefs and teachings being offered and distinguish between the traditional and liberal. Is the person building up the church or tearing it down? Make certain the one who you identify with stands for the Truth and supports the Tradition of Faith.