In the movie Spotlight, (which is about the Boston Globe’s investigation of the sex abuse scandal within the Catholic church), there’s an interesting conversation between reporter Michael Rezendes and Richard Sipe, a former Catholic priest who helped the Globe with their investigation:
Rezendes: Richard, do you still go to mass?
Sipe: No. No, I haven’t been to church for some time now. But I still consider myself a Catholic.
Rezendes: How does that work?
Sipe: Well, the church is an institution, Mike. Made of men. It’s passing. My faith is in the eternal. I try to separate the two.
Rezendes: Sounds tricky.
Sipe: It is.
I agree with Sipe: being able to distinguish between the institution and the eternal is tricky. But it’s also essential — and not just for Catholics.