Michael Garvey on What Being Catholic Is All About

Recently I came across one of the best articles I’ve read in a long time on what it really means to be a Catholic by Michael Garvey of Notre Dame University.

He writes that the Church is,

“a conglomeration of Eucharist-addicts. To admit or, perhaps better, to “confess” that we remain in the Church is no more than to acknowledge our need. We are blessed because of that need, according to the Beatitudes, but we shouldn’t be under any illusions about who we are and what the Church is made of. Right at the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel, the genealogy of Jesus Christ gives that long list of occasionally unpronounceable names to emphasize a truth put memorably by the Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe: “God’s plan is worked out not in pious people, people with religious experiences, but in a set of crude, passionate and thoroughly disreputable people. Jesus belonged to a family of murderers, cheats, cowards, adulterers and liars — he belonged to us and came to help us. No wonder he came to a bad end and gave us some hope.”

You can read the whole piece here.

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2 Responses to “Michael Garvey on What Being Catholic Is All About”

  1. Terry says:

    And does being Catholic mean when we marry we do so for life? Or as the Pope’s advisor Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga said, something to the effect there is no truth? Is the pope’s right hand man a promoter of the “Dictatorship of Relativism’? If this Cardinal is an advisor to the pope, we are all in trouble!

  2. Irene says:

    Pretty sure Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga didn’t say anything to the effect “there is no truth”.

    But getting back to the actual point of the blog post, I think Mr. Garvey speaks for a lot of people. No matter how angry I get at the behavior of some of our churchmen, responding by giving up the Eucharist feels like cutting off my nose to spite my face.