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Why am I still a Catholic?

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Why am I still a Catholic?
A heavy burden now.
Of scandals. Of shame.
The crimes in the clergy.

A time of confusion.
Pedophile priests roam free.
Each day Jesus is crucified.
He waits for their repentence.

How could the Church fail us?
I am supposed to show mercy.
Yet, I am horrified; anguished.
Why am I still a Catholic?

We the sheep, are the Church.
There were always rumours.
Did we turn a blind eye too?
Making it easier for Evil.

I want justice for the victims.
I want those priests to go to jail.
I want the Bishops to be held accountable.
I want the Pope to let the courts judge.

Is the clergy above the law?
Why such different rules for priest?
They broke the law, period! Guilty!
I am supposed to have compassion?

I get the Sacrament of Confession.
Yet, those priests aren’t behind bars.
They have not done penance.
Forgiveness and mercy I cannot give.

How am I still a Catholic?
This is the same Church from Peter.
God hasn’t given up; we cannot give up.
We are the Church. We pray for us.

I am Catholic. I remain as one.
I won’t leave just because.
The religious as us, are fallible.
I believe in Christ we are saved.

It is when the hour is darkest, we pray.
Even when all look bleak, we pray.
I am Catholic. Prayer is my shield.
I pray they serve their penance.

By C.E. Pereira
(16-9-2018)

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I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. In recent years, the younger generation have added on to include spouses from the Philippines, Nigeria and Russia. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

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