2012 was certainly an eventful year, with the leaders of the Catholic Church making and creating headlines on more than one occasion. From the battle of the HHS Mandate to Pope Benedict XVI tweeting his first message, the faithful of the religion had much to keep them captivated in 2012, with the usual Catholic bashing thrown in as fodder.
2012 Politics and the Catholic Faith
A storm on Washington began 2012 with Catholics across Long Island voicing their political views. In January Catholics marched for life and Catholic leaders questioned religious freedom in America thanks to Obamacare and the HHS Mandate.
Long Island Catholics joined the rest of America’s faithful rallying against the healthcare proposal, which many felt went against their religious beliefs. However, despite the strong opposition against the Democratic platform, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who also became the Arch Bishop of New York this year, spoke and prayed for the rights of the unborn at the DNC.
Catholic Controversy and Public Bashing
Controversy always follows the Catholic Church and the faithful have learned to turn the other cheek to the Catholic bashing, however 2012 saw a blatant mass media disregard with Nicki Minaj’s Grammy performance and MTV’s “witty dialogue” labeling Mother Teresa a “dirt bag.”
A Catholic schoolteacher took her diocese to task for allegedly releasing her from her teaching duties because she followed through with IVF to have a baby, all while the clergy was under attack via Anonymous hacking into the Vatican website and nuns who were scammed for money, proving nothing is sacred anymore.
2012 saw Catholics and Christian’s mouths agape when a piece of papyrus was unearthed with the claim that Jesus may have been married to Mary Magdalene, however, the Vatican, as anticipated, quickly quieted the sensation surrounding the historian’s theory.
Certain leaders of the Church, such as the Italian priest and the Franciscan Friar, proved that as Catholic faithful, we need to understand, that these men are just that, men who sometimes say the most ignorant and offensive things, and we must remind ourselves that they do not preach the word of God, but that of ignorance and hate.
Not all was lost in 2012, as the year saw many clergy fighting the world’s injustices and praying for reform.
Pope Benedict XVI
Even conservative Pope Benedict has been attempting to reach the masses this year, via Twitter and his latest book that paints a more historical Jesus, to reel in followers of Christ. Whether or not the Pontiff’s cologne has earned him any points has yet to be determined, although the effort to be the religious leader of the “modern” era has been duly noted.
Sad news rocked New York and the world mourned with Long Island as fallen Marine, Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley Jr. was laid to rest.
The first Native American was made a Saint and the Pope made plans for the future of the Catholic Church, naming Cardinals for the Consistory, including an American.
It did appear however that 2012 saw a leap of faith with religious films such as “For Greater Glory”, a personal Jesus app for the iPad or iPhone and many deciding to say “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays this year, perhaps due to the Mayan end of days hysteria, or maybe just because people are tired of hiding their faith in God. Scientists found evidence that the Biblical Flood did occur giving Catholics, Christians and all followers of God hope of the past and a promise of the future.
2012 was indeed an enlightening year of events and news for Catholics and Christians alike. Visit the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s website to find a parish on Long Island nearest you to belong more deeply to the Catholic faith.
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