(I’ve heard variations of this question several times)
Q: The Catholics I know have a reputation for getting drunk and sleeping around. How could the Catholic Church be right if they can’t get their members to follow Jesus?
A: It’s a good question, and a particularly sensitive one for those who had conversion experiences after living sinfully in Catholic schools growing up. A few thoughts.
1. There are over a billion Catholics in the world. Just like in Protestantism, there are people who don’t live out their faith. But there are tens of millions of faithful, wonderful people in the Church. I’ve met many already. Either way, it doesn’t disprove that the Catholic Church is the true Church.
2. The Catholic Church has been around for 2,000 years. There have been many highs and lows. The last few decades will not make the Top 10 list. It doesn’t disprove that the Catholic Church is the true Church.