What IS Being A Catholic In Practice?

The video, having been deleted by YouTube, is available to view here

OR, you can read Mrs Cornelia Ferreira’s talk here if you prefer, or make notes from the text after viewing her talk in the video.


I found myself in conversation with a Catholic lady earlier today, who reacted with surprise to a number of my comments about contemporary life.  She disagreed with the idea that family life had been corrupted by the feminist movement,  appeared never to have heard of feminism, asking me to define this movement. Click here 

She remained silently disapproving on the themes which I identified as evidence of the damage caused by the feminist movement (broken families, working mothers) and, when the conversation moved on to the importance of avoiding scandal, she shook her head at the very notion of “a dangerous occasion of sin.”   She rightly said that we mustn’t be prudish, we’re not Amish etc., and I wholeheartedly agree. 

It is no exaggeration, however, to say that this lady and I disagreed on just about everything else; she firmly believes that  nothing – “no movement, no ism, nothing that is not sin” –  is connected to the Church, and therefore has nothing to do with our everyday lives. 

I have always believed that everything, but everything, is connected to my Catholic life. Still, the above acquaintance clearly disagrees.  What do YOU think?  

“As for the Sacrament of Matrimony… it will be attacked and deeply profaned… The Catholic spirit will rapidly decay; the precious light of the Faith will gradually be extinguished… Added to this will be the effects of secular education, which will be one reason for the dearth of priestly and religious vocations.

“The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed, and despised… The Devil will try to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every possible way; he will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their vocation and will corrupt many of them. These depraved priests, who will scandalize the Christian people, will make the hatred of bad Catholics and the enemies of the Catholic and Apostolic Church fall upon all priests…

“Further, in these unhappy times, there will be unbridled luxury, which will ensnare the rest into sin and conquer innumerable frivolous souls, who will be lost. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women. In this supreme moment of need of the Church, the one who should speak will fall silent.”  (Our Lady of Good Success, Quito, Ecuador, on the Church in the 20th century…)