TreacherousrnCatholics?rnThe Vatican thunders against abortion, illicitrnsex, assisted suicide, dissenting theologians, andrnmore. But in all too many parishes we don’t hearrnmuch, if anything, about the ongoing slaughter ofrnpreborn babies, or the Church’s teachings on homosexuality,rnpre-marital sex, pornography, etc.rnPapal authority and Hell are taboo subjects. Where’srnthe beef? We just get marshmallows — and platitudesrnand pop psychology.rnEven if these parishes and their priests lookrnCatholic, we may wonder if they’re just pretendingrnto be Catholic. Some clerics, we now know, havernbeen pretending to be celibate. Broken vows. Violatedrntrust. Abuse of position. Flagrant sin. A fieldrnday for those, especially in the media, who haternthe Church. Suspicion cast upon our good, hardworkingrnpriests. It’s all so very sad.rnNobody’s perfect. But we expect more ofrnpriests than we do of others. The priesthood isn’trnjust another occupation; it’s a sacred calling. Priestsrnare charged with the cure, not the ruin, of souls.rnThose who make excuses for wayward priests,rnbishops, and Religious are logically required to excusernall the Jim Bakkers and Jimmy Swaggarts too.rnThis would be to make a farce of Christianity.rnSex scandals in the Catholic Church were fewrnand far between before the sex revolution of thern60s and before Vatican II got misinterpreted to meanrn”anything goes.” So a married priesthood is no cureall.rnIndeed, many of the recent offenders aren’t attractedrnto the opposite sex, and remember thatrnBakker and Swaggart were married men when theyrnfell. Mandatory celibacy isn’t the problem.rnBut we have a problem, and it’s profound.rnBroadly speaking, the real problem is that in certainrnsectors of Catholicism there’s been a failure ofrnfaith in the teaching authority Christ conferred uponrnHis Church, and consequently a tragic capitulationrnto a decadent culture. If the full Catholic Faith isn’trnbeing preached from the pulpit, we shouldn’t berntoo shocked if it isn’t being observed in the rectoryrneither.rnWe at the NEW OXFORD REVIEW, a Catholicrnmonthly magazine, stand with Rome in its effortsrnto reinvigorate the Faith and restore discipline.rnWe cover the full range of issues of concern tornCatholics who are trying, often against considerablernodds, to uphold the Faith. According to ThernCatholic Answer, we’re having “a notable impact”rnfor the good on our troubled Church.rnIf, like Chesterton, you want the Church tornmove the world rather than move v/ith the worldrn— or if you’re just curious — subscribe today!rn(Please allow 2 to 8 weeks for delivery of first issue)rnSPECIAL DISCOUNT RATES FOR FIRST-TIME SUBSCRIBERSrnD One-year subscription $14 (regularly $19)rnD One-year student, unemployed, or retiredrnperson’s subscription $12 (regularly $16)rnD Two-year subscription $23 (regularly $35)rnNAME (Please print or type)rnSTREET ADDRESSrnL CITY STATE ZIPrnD One-year non-U.S. subscription US$24rn(regularly $29) Payment must be drawn in U.S. DollarsrnD Sample copy $3.50rnSend coupon or letter. Make check payable tornNEW OXFORD REVIEW. Mail to:rnNEW OXFORD REVIEWrnRoom 257rn1069 Kains Ave.rnBerkeley CA 94706rnPAYMENT MUST ACCOMPANY ORDER . Jrnrnrn