Scandal and Division

The readings of this Sunday give us great pause over two issues. The first being, can people be true Christians without joining my Church? The second is something that at this time hits closer to home. What is the danger of scandal?

The first is easy to answer because the Church believes some might be hindered in believing the fullness of the gospel and could worship God in another denomination.

The second is harder and requires introspection. Because of the sex-abuse scandal and even things in our society that cause scandal, we may not see the greater need for holiness and cutting off of the hand, foot or poking out the eye. But, unchecked sin can be a cause for division and sin in others. And, this is the more important thing.

Author: Doug Sumowski

Doug Sumowski is passionate about sharing his faith with others and helping his brothers and sisters in the faith find their way to Christ. He grew up in the Catholic faith and after experiencing several personal struggles, left the Church and for a time became an itinerant evangelist and assistant pastor for a Protestant church. Eventually, finding his way home to the Catholic Church and received a BA in Religion from St. Leo University in March 2015, was a seminarian for the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois, from August 2015 until August 2017 and then finished up a Master's in Theology from St. Leo University in December 2017. His experiences in other denominations have strengthened his commitment to Catholicism and to Christ. Now with a clear path, he finds these past situations have given him a tool to help others who struggle with different aspects of Catholicism. By explaining the basics of the Catholic faith he desires to strengthen your faith and help you to learn what the Church has to offer. For everyone has their own path that they walk, but none of us ever has to walk alone. If you want to learn more read his books about the Catholic faith.