Sunday, July 31, 2011
THE RISE OF EVANGLICAL CATHOLICISM--GEORGE WEIGEL
I read another blog, Praytell, that is about the liturgy. It is a bit more like the National Catholic Reporter in that there is crafted into many of its posts and comments a negativity about the Church and any and everything about her current condition.
Vatican II is proclaimed, its theology, its vision, its understanding of the Church, its reform; its this, that and the other which so many of that blog's commenters believe bad old Pope Benedict and so many bishops and priests are trying to undo today.
Living in the Evangelical south and enamored by Evangelical Catholicism, I want to puke. Ever since Vatican II, those who made an idol out of a Church Council have been promoting Vatican II as though this Council should be worshiped and obeyed as God Almighty.
Time and time again, a clinical approach to the Church, her Liturgy and her life leaves one thinking, where is Jesus Christ. Idolatry abounds when Liturgy is an "end unto itself" rather than the means whereby God Almighty connects us to Himself in the most personal and also the most communal way possible. We're not to see the Mass as us connecting to it, but the Mass as God's means to bring us into communion with the Most Holy Trinity. That is a big difference.
Obviously Vatican II was meant to be a great blessing for the Church and to unleash Catholicism's evangelicalism, that would enable Catholics who are nourished and sustained by the Church's liturgy to go into the world and lead others to Christ by the example of their lives and their joyful hope. Catholic "lite" as George Weigel calls is, has failed miserably.
I like George Weigel's article on the new Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput and the Archbishop's emphasis on evangelical Catholicism.
READ IT BY PRESSING HERE!