Consider the following quotes in considering support of our obviously worthy cause:
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI said in a 2005 mass, "How much filth there is in the church, even among those who, in the priesthood, should belong entirely to Him. How much pride, how much self-sufficiency." He's right. Pride cometh before a fall, but man cometh oft unto his own sufficiency, and that's only what we proclaim.
Before he was the Pope he said, "In the Church, priests also are sinners. But I am personally convinced that the constant presence in the press of the sins of Catholic priests, especially in the United States, is a planned campaign, as the percentage of these offenses among priests is not higher than in other categories, and perhaps it is even lower," (December 3, 2002). Adding, "I think the essential point is a weakness of faith."
Correct. We are not facing a war against immorality or impropriety, as much as one against the Catholic Church itself, which has done so much to support its followers.
Even Gloria Estafan supports our cause, herself stating that, "I love music and I love children and I love animals, and [the Catholic Church is] a great combo of all those things." Her music may be secular, but her message rings loud and true across sectarian and judicial lines alike.
And in case you're not already convinced, consider this quote from Michael Jackson. "Lies run sprints but the truth runs marathons." Seldom a word spoken from the mouth of a protestant more true than this.
In 1986, Cardinal Ratzinger also stated (in his letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons,) that, "Because God loves us, because He wants us to grow into truth, He must necessarily make demands on us and must also correct us."
In 1997, former cardinal Ratzinger (now pope Benedict) had said, "We have such difficulty understanding this renunciation today because the relationship to marriage and children has clearly shifted. To have to die without children was once synonymous with a useless life: The echoes of my own life die away, and I am completely dead. If I have children, then I continue to live in them; it's a sort of immortality through posterity." He said in the same statement that, "The renunciation of marriage and family is thus to be understood in terms of this vision: I renounce what, humanly speaking, is not only the most normal but also the most important thing. I forgo bringing forth further life on the tree of life, and I live in the faith that my land is really God - and so I make it easier for others, also, to believe that there is a kingdom of heaven. I bear witness to Jesus Christ, to the Gospel, not only with words, but also with this specific mode of existence, and I place my life in this form at his disposal." These comments were made from the "Salt of the Earth: Christianity and the Catholic Church at the end of the Millennium: An interview with Peter Seewald," issuance, by cardinal Ratzinger, San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997.