Like clockwork, every year in the spring we develop an ant problem in our kitchen. We never know if they are going to be tiny little ants, or big black ones, but either way, they are not welcome. (I should preface all this by saying that I have an aversion to big crawly things. When they pursue me in the basement as I sit comfortably watching TV, they quickly learn what it feels like to be swept up in a tornado via my vacuum.)
Anyway, this year we had the big black ants. They made a straight line from one corner of our kitchen to the other. Mindlessly following each other, their little path led them to the sweet poison that we put out so that they would gorge themselves and take it back to their nest and die. Occasionally one would get a little off track, but mostly they were like little soldiers, walking in lockstep.
I know this all sounds ever so tragic, but there is a happy ending, unless you are an ant, of course.
I decided to outsmart them. I moved the wastebasket that was their original foodie destination across the kitchen. It took them about five minutes to find it. So, out to the garage the wastebasket went (a great inconvenience to us, I might add.)
Fortunately, when we returned from vacation, our problem was solved! (See, happy ending for us!) But then the other day one lone ant was found traversing our family room carpet. I decided to name him Jerry, but honestly, Jerry did not live long enough to enjoy his new identity--thanks to my husband.
All this stuff about ants makes me thing about all of the criticisms people level against members of the Church. We are told that we leave our brains at the door; that we mindlessly follow the Pope, etc., etc. Nothing could be further from the truth.
You see, we believe that as the Vicar (representative) of Christ on earth, the Pope is a holy man, but as a human, he himself is not free from sin (that’s why he goes to confession.)
If a Pope were to make an *infallible statement that requires our assent, there are certain protocols that must be followed in his doing so.
It is good for people of faith to question things. It is how we learn. It does not imply unfaithfulness, but reflects the genuine human struggle to understand and follow the truth.
Unlike those ants in my kitchen, marching mindlessly to their death, we hope to be journeying wholeheartedly to heaven!
If you are one of those people that like to dig deep into things, maybe you will like this article, which is quite clarifying in regards to papal infallibility:
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*An infallible statement is a definitive statement of doctrine on faith and morals. Two such formal statements have been made throughout the Church's history--both about Mary, the Mother of Jesus. They reflect long-held beliefs in the Church.