The Boston Globe had an article on this new archdiocesan initiative, called "Catholics Come Home." The Church recognizes that in the not so distant past, with the priest sex scandal, the closing of parishes, and just the general feeling of distrust with any authority, that there are a number of unhappy and unsettled people out there, who have left the Catholic Church. This program is an outreach to them. The sheep are lost.
I think the time is right for these lost sheep. Aquinas tells us that we are born with a desire for God. Man will always search for God. Often we think money, power, sex, etc., will fulfill this yearning. It doesn't. We remain unsatisfied. We try more, and more. We never find satisfaction until we find God. He's there.
Yes, right here--in the Catholic Church, in the Eucharist. The sheep are meandering here and there and trying to find satisfaction. Let us pray, they come home.
Read Matt. 16: 18.
Jesus left the care of His Church to His apostle, Peter. From the first century to today, all the popes have inherited the spiritual, ecclesiastical and sacramental authority and responsibility that Jesus first gave to Peter.
That is why we say that Pope Benedict XVI is the Vicar of Christ.
One reason I love being Catholic is this source of the authority exercised by a hierarchical priesthood based in Rome. It makes sense. It's historical fact. It still exists after 2010 years.
My prayer, my promise, my creed:
I believe in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ upon the Apostle Peter, and today I fully accept Pope Benedict XVI as the Vicar of Christ.