Gerry, along with his wife, converted to Roman Catholicism about 20 years ago AFTER previously making a solemn pact with fellow Presbyterian Scott Hahn to convert "all Catholics OUT of the Church".
After studying CATHOLIC THEOLOGY to better "grasp the beast" the dynamic duo eventually converted BECOMING ROMAN CATHOLICS not long after they realized they had been on the wrong side all along!
Fast forward to today.
Scott Hahn, along with Kimberley, his wife (also a theologian), have great ministries within the Church and expanding influence as Catholic scholars and evangelists.
After moving about a thousand times, his ministry has struggled through the arduous 3 ever-increasingly Catholic conversions of his! And, all along the way, as Gerry has taken ever increasingly more rigid "stands", his followers have had to abandon his wit (he is knowlegable and funny…and make no mistake…he is no theological lightweight either, so ignore his slight stature!), his charm, and his exegesis, all because of his newly evolved "intellectual honesty".
Gerry CAN'T FIGURE OUT what's happening.
Everything and everybody, is wrong WITHIN the Roman Catholic Church! Even the Pope!! The POPE? The See of Peter: vacant! (We love our German Shepard, by the way!). Fantastical, BUT TRUE!! Gerry dearly wants to be saved, and NO ONE is going to trick him and take that salvation away from him! Not that "tricky" Pope…and not God!!
Gerry's problems may have originated with his Hal Lindsey style "fuzzy" thinking. Always trying to set a time frame for that elusive "end of time" event and the apocalyptic "crisis" leading up to that event (although Jesus warned against that type of unecessary anxiousness and fixation) Gerry has sifted and sifted only to yield nothing! (Just live right today, you…yourself, should be one's priority and one needn't worry about all other developments.) So are we in that final generation?
Gerry sees signs. For a long time now.
As Gerry burns one bridge to the past after another, he finds himself in the company of other fringe Catholics even more SCRUPULOUS and weird than himself! He will though, point out the distinctions between himself and those less "enlightened" others–
Not fit to lead, and not fit to follow…Gerry stands alone. And he won't leave the Church because he knows that's what all the schismatics and heretics have done historically…and he knows he joins their rants if he does.
Scott, his forgotten buddy from so long ago, prays for him I'm sure…but likely won't "touch him with a 10-foot pole". Forgetting the parable of the "Wheat and Chaff", Gerry wants a perfect assembly of the Church right here and now, today, although Jesus said the sorting for the Kingdom must come later.
Gerry, you sir, are beyond arrogant. Sorry, but it just had to be said~ INVINCIBLE IGNORANCE? Perhaps. You don't trust God, friend. And you REALLY NEED to take a hard look at "how you look and how you sound" to others, and especially to that "household of faith."
Yelling at Karl Keating. Good grief!
GOD will clear up differing theological interpretations for all of us, at the appointed time. IT IS for another generation to advance even farther in our understanding of God, the Scriptures and the Church. No doubt there is a lot wrong with the Church presently, but each man must be responsible for his own salvation, and you were never meant to micromanage the lives of others through "detailitis". So let go, and please let God…
Many parishoners have been evangelized by the world and their need to be brought "home" again goes unserved because some, like yourself, appointed and specially gifted to address this "malaise" spiritually (and creatively) have "coughed the puck" and for the most part have "left the building".
I hope it was worth it.
And your conclusions about the Church, the Pope and the Liturgy are way off, and the present state of the Church is no where near as catastrophic as you are proclaiming. He who isn't building friend, is dividing, because really…there is no neutrality…nothing…in the middle.
If you were in the right place before God, you could have achieved the desired result, in silence…and won everybody back, a long, long time ago.
Gerry right now is so "drunk" with his own arrogance, that he hasn't even, or won't even, entertain the "far-fetched" idea that maybe he has gotten himself seriously, and we do mean seriously folks, off course! And he has lead others to fall down that same well!! Even his own wife and kids!!!
Once more: Gerry right now is so "drunk" with his own arrogance, that he hasn't even, or won't even, entertain the "far-fetched" idea that maybe he has gotten himself seriously, and we do mean seriously folks, off course! And he has lead others fall down that same well!! Even his own wife and kids!!!
When John Calvin preached his "malicious" version of God and salvation to a small French town, the listeners were spellbound and horrified! On the verge of despair, the townspeople wondered why God would even want to save them!?
One Frenchman who wasn't overwhelmed by Calvin's preaching told the larger-than-life John Calvin that he had something to show him. So John followed the man. A short distance later, the man stopped, and motioned to a ladder leaning against a wall.
“There you go, now take that ladder and climb to heaven alone!” the man said.
Then the man turned and walked away.
(Gerry…do we need to get you…a ladder?)
Catholics…everybody…pray for Gerry! We really do need a miracle here!! WE NEED Gerry to return to the frontlines of Catholic evangelization, and NOT STAY on the sidelines chasing incomplete visions, searching, scanning frantically for what is only partially true.
We know enraged Gerry won't return because he has always been somewhat of a "lone wolf", living that "lone" dynamic, and he won't recognize the authority of the Church, and that is why he has always remained aloof from it, co-operating with it only when it has been to his advantage.
There are legitimate ways to raise one's concerns with Rome, friend.
And Gerry, there are others within the Church as dedicated to the flock as you are–
Like all "rebels" Gerry is looking for attention, and while he "appears" to want complete autonomy…what he really wants is to be put in his place.
But like all fastidioius "nerds" he really can't help himself! And review, discipline or rebuke by the Church is what he really needs…THAT IS…the most loving thing she can do.