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The Catholic Church’s Massive Credibility Problem

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Catholics are angry, and they have a right to be. The Church is riddled with scandal. The latest scandal, of course, is the revelation that a homosexual network has infiltrated the priesthood. Prior to this scandal, 6.5 people were leaving the Church for every one person who became a Catholic. We don’t know what that statistic is since the homosexual scandal broke, but we can all see a decrease in attendance and collections in our parishes.

The biggest challenge facing the Church is our leadership. The Barque of St. Peter is adrift, with nobody having been at the helm for a long time. Pope Francis has not been doing his job, and that’s apparent to everyone. When he first became pope, his approval rating was over 80%. His approval rating now is below 30%. And there are a number of reasons for this.

In this episode, we talk about some of those problems. We also talk about the problems surrounding the USCCB that are related to this, as well as steps the Catholic laity can take to drive a solution to the problems. Listeners are also likely to learn a few “secrets” about the Catholic Churchthings they didn’t know before.

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Catholic Contributions

The contributor for this episode’s Catholic Contributions is Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke.

Catholic Stories

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Catechism of the Catholic Church

Ignatius Bible

Patrology by Johannes Quasten

The Early Church Fathers (38 Vols.)

The Eucharistic Miracles of the World (Catalogue of the Vatican International Exhibition) by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Divine Love Made Flesh by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Hope for the World: To Unite All Things in Christ by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

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About the author, Joe Sixpack The Every Catholic Guy

I'm Joe Sixpack—The Every Catholic Guy, and I'm your go-to guy for all things Catholic! I'm a convert of thirty years, and the Holy Spirit has used me to make hundreds of converts in one-on-one and small group venues. I'm also a consecrated member of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, under the direction of Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. I hope we can be friends!

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