My name is Nancy Montgomery.
It was reaching back before the teachings of Vatican II, my foundation entering the Church, which caused me to become an unreluctant Catholic. Last August I was working on a project to revisit a book I had written intending to include Catholic resources on one hand and expanding my Jewish resources on the other. My goal was to encourage understanding and friendship between Catholics and Jews. I wrote my Jewish resource to be certain I had permission to use excerpts from his work in my revised work which is now going to be especially focused towards Catholic Christians. I had just sent off the email when I noticed I had received an email from a Catholic organization about a horrible crisis going on in the Catholic Church.
Working on this re-write for weeks and not paying attention to the news as I have no television where I come to write and pray, I was stunned upon learning of the huge crisis happening in Pennsylvania concerning Catholic priests and the sexual abuse cases. I was sickened to find out about Cardinal McCarrick. I Googled the cardinal’s name and found an article about a letter written by young Catholic professionals to our bishops respectfully demanding some answers.
“Archbishop McCarrick’s predatory career would not have been possible without the culpable silence or active complicity of men at the highest levels of the Church. Revelations of his abuse have therefore gravely damaged the credibility of the whole Catholic hierarchy. Here a group of young Catholics speaks with one voice about the need for a cleansing fire. Their statement is non-partisan, assuming nothing but the eternal validity of the Church’s teaching.” ~An Open Letter from Young Catholics, First Things, August 8, 2018
As I began to dig into the best resources I could find to help sort out what is currently happening in the Church. I wondered if I could in good faith encourage the Jewish community to embrace the current Catholic community as trustworthy friends!
Then Archbishop Vigano wrote his first letter of testimony about the corruption of the hierarchy of the Church. His testimony is shocking. Sadly, none have come forward to disprove it. Continuing to dig deeper to find the truth about what is really happening within the Catholic Church, I found that the trusted resources had something in common – deep faith. Sound theology that goes way back in our Church teaching to the very roots of our faith. They are people of prayer – Catholic faithful.
“In an extraordinary 11-page written statement (see official English text below), Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, claims that Pope Francis knew about strict canonical sanctions imposed on McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI but chose to repeal them.”
~ Life Site, News, Pope Francis covered up McCarrick abuse, former US nuncio testifies (OFFICIAL TEXT),Sat., Aug, 25, 2018
Late in 2017, the Lord began to ask me to commit more deeply to my Catholic faith. I have to admit there have been times when I have been a reluctant Catholic. If He had not asked for my commitment so strongly then, prior to the revelations of Summer of 2018, I might have turned away. As a convert, there were some basic Catholic tenets, that I could never quite put to rest. Coming into contact with so many devout, traditional Catholics during my journey to uncover the truth behind the current scandal in the Church made me look for the authentic teachings of our faith that are keeping them grounded, standing firm. As a result, I am a reluctant Catholic no more. I’ve found so many are not online like me 24/7 and aware of good resources to learn the truth about what is happening in our Church.I started listening to podcasts, watching videos and reading articles. I quit writing and immersed myself in looking for the truth about this filthy mess happening in our Church, and I found the beauty of our true faith. I realized I was not properly catechized in 1979 after Vatican II. So I began looking for resources to learn all I could from the Church fathers about what the Church really believes and why.
As faithful Catholics, we need to do all we can to help each-other in the coming days. I’ll do my best to provide links and information to keep those who stop by informed!