Okay, I looked to see if anyone posted this, but I couldn't find it. This story is being posted all over Facebook and Catholic forums. https://cruxnow.com/cna/2016/06/17/308755/
I just need to vent here. Maybe someone will read this who can relate?
I'm soooooo irritated right now. It is just one thing after another as a Catholic, and I am asking myself what on earth is happening?
If what Pope Francis says is true (and I myself have contemplated the idea on occasion given the current state of affairs in the RCC in relation to marriage and anullments).... then I would have to seriously wonder how is it possible that the RCC can possibly be THE Church. I mean, if can't even administer this sacrament in any meaningful way...what now?
Orthodoxy is always in the back of my mind (sometimes in the front) , but things like this are pushing me increasingly away from the RCC. There are a number of factors why I cannot convert to Orthodoxy (or at least perceived obstacles), but remaining a Catholic at this point is starting to feel like an exercise in futility and frustration.
I can pretend all I want that the Catholic Church, at its heart, is representative of traditional Christianity...but, in reality what Orthodoxy practices is, in fact, traditional, and I often find myself saying things like: "Oh, well, it used to be that way in the West...the Orthodox still do this even today" when trying to explain why the Catholic faith is the way it is today. Many Catholics have warned me that that is Orthodoxy's allure.
It SEEMS traditional, but it is really Satan's trick in order to take believers away from the True Church. They also like to suggest giving Orthodoxy 50 years or so to catch up to post Vatican II levels of decay. I even here some hardliner Orthodox saying much the same about the latter idea much to my dismay.
Well, now I am starting to feel like...if Orthodoxy is wrong, then I don't wanna be right.
Enough of that.
Really though, does the idea that most marriages administered by the Church are invalid even make sense? Any Catholics our there willing to defend that idea?