How to Respond When the Church Lets You Down (Part 2)

Do you ever feel helpless in the face of the challenges within the Church? Challenges within the Church are not new to this generation or even this century. There have always been crises within the Church. So, how does God work through these crises? Dr. Edward Sri examines some of the past crises of the Church and highlights the good that has come from them. He offers encouragement for anyone feeling discouraged in the current times.

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“Stand confident in the theological virtue of hope.”


Previous Crises in the Church & the Good that Resulted

  • Judaizers
    In early Christianity, there were Jewish converts who maintained that salvation could be sought through works found in the Mosaic Law. This confusion resulted in St. Paul’s incredible teaching on grace as well as the Council of Jerusalem.
  • Early Gnostics
    Gnostics denied the goodness of creation and the meaning of Christ’s crucifixion. This heresy resulted in the work of great Church Fathers such as Origen and Irenaeus.  
  • Arianism
    This heresy denied the mystery of the Trinity and the Son’s eternal divinity. St. Athanasius was one of the leading voices to oppose Arianism. In order to respond to this heresy, the Creed was established.
  • Corrupting Affluence of Medieval Cities
    Figures like St. Francis and St. Dominic rose up in response to this challenge within the Church.
  • Politics, Worldliness, Sexual Sin of Bishops/Popes in Renaissance 
    During these challenging times, the Council of Trent took place. New orders were also established such as the Jesuits and Oratorians. There were also incredible saints raised up such as St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and St. Pius X.
  • Current Crisis of Marriage and Human Sexuality
    Part of the current crisis is our world’s understanding of marriage and human sexuality. In response to this, we have gained a deeper understanding of human anthropology, human love, and Theology of the Body.

Go on Pilgrimage with Dr. Edward Sri

Travel with Dr. Edward Sri to some of the holiest sites in the Catholic faith. You can learn more about Dr. Sri’s upcoming pilgrimages and sign up for his newsletter on his website:

Upcoming Events List

  • June 20-23: St. Patrick Catholic Church – Summer Summit – London, England
  • June 23-July 1: Rome Pilgrimage
  • July 18-20: 2024 National Eucharistic Congress – Indianapolis IN
  • Aug 10: Discipleship Conference – Oklahoma City OK
  • Aug 22: Magnify – Texas A&M Students – College Station, TX
  • Aug 23-24: Diocesan Faith Formation Conference – Tulsa OK
  • Sept 13: St. Laurence Catholic Church Parish Mission – Sugarland TX
  • Sept 16-18: Priest convocation – Springfield IL
  • Sept 21: 2024 Annual Meeting and Investiture of the Northern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem – Denver CO
  • Oct 3: Diocese of Harrisburg Annual Priest Workshop – Hunt Valley MD
  • Oct 5: McHenry County Catholic Prayer Breakfast – Chicago IL
  • Nov 16: Women of Christ 16th Annual Conference – Brookfield, WI
  • Nov 23: Marriage Retreat – Loveland, CO


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Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, well-known Catholic speaker, and author of several best-selling books. His work with Ascension includes study programs such as A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion and Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Several of Dr. Sri’s programs were filmed on-site in the Holy Land, and feature immersive video explorations of the sacred sites where Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles lived and died.

Dr. Sri is the host of the acclaimed Ascension podcast All Things Catholic with Dr. Edward Sri.  Together with Curtis Martin, Dr. Sri is a founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), of which he serves as senior vice president of Apostolic Outreach.

Dr. Sri lives with his wife Beth and their children in Colorado.

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