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By Dr. Donald DeMarco, Catholic East Texas, June 8, 2021

More people than I care to remember have told me that they left the Church because they could not abide the hypocrisy. One does not need to be Sherlock Holmes to discover the presence of hypocrisy in the Church. Hypocrisy, the tribute that vice pays to virtue, is everywhere. There really is no hypocrisy-free environment to which one can enter. Moreover, is there anyone who is above hypocrisy that allows him to scorn others whom he deems hypocrites? It seems to be a rather flimsy reason to leave the Church. People of stronger faith are not scandalized when they discover that some church-goers are merely Sunday Catholics or that their parish priest is more interested in the collection plate than in the Gospel. Leaving the Church for the world is like jumping from the frying pan to the fire. …

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