Reform not this way or his way:
Reform this way and it is happening now with the reform of the reform but within continuity:
The Catholic Church is certainly in a major shift today and it appears throughout the world. It would seem to me to be a time very similar to the period of the Protestant Reformation and also the period of the Great Schism.
Part of the Protestant Reformation had very little to do with religion and a great deal to do with secular politics and who controlled what.
Does that sound familiar? The reformation that post-Catholic progressives want in the Church blends in very well with the secular agenda of liberal politics, especially as it concerns the "pelvic issues." These are artificial birth control, abortion, no matter what stage of pregnancy, sterilization and the like. It also includes medical ethic issues such as stem cell research, genetic manipulation and the like. It includes same sex marriage and transgendered acceptance as normal. It includes just about everything that the Catholic Church opposes. It is all political and who controls what.
It also has to do with euthanasia and end of life decisions. If the mandate of President Obama stands, I would clairvoyantly see in the future the Church's self-insurance policies paying not only for abortions, but also late term abortion and infanticide as well as drugs to induce euthanasia for those who need this "preventive health care" in this case preventing life! Don't laugh, progressive post-Catholic Catholics, many of them radical nuns and sisters would support this kind of outrage.
It also has to do with women deacons, priests and bishops.
Certainly part of the Reformation was very religious and born of a sense of frustration with the corruption of the Church of that period, often where politics trumped religion. It certainly had to do with the sexual immorality of the clergy and their poor formation and the selling of indulgences and a whole host of other bad behavior by the institutional Church. There are parallels today. There was also liturgical abuse.
The SSPX issues in some ways are like the Great Schism but not as big. But there is politics involved there too, just like in the Great Schism. For the SSPX it is all about the complete rejection of the French Revolution and its effects on the Church.
Through it all though, the Great Schism and the Protestant Reformation the true Church of Christ was able to regroup, counter-reform and re-establish.
The same will hold true for today's similarities with the Great Schism and the Protestant Reformation.
Our counter-reformation today is the Reform of the Reform within continuity. That does not imply going backwards but going forward in a new way and as Vatican II actually intended.
Legitimate authority will be reasserted as it is now being done with the radicals of the LCWR (long over due) and has been done with the Legionaries of Christ, the Jesuits, Father Charles Curran and Father Hans Kung and others of their ilk.
The Liturgy will continue to be renewed and a modified renewal of the Ordinary Form of the Mass will occur with the issuance of a revised missal within the next FIVE years. But this missal is already being celebrated in many places especially at the Vatican by the pope himself.
These are the best of times and the worst of times and quite exciting. As for me, I'm a papist and proud to say that I am. For only by following the pope and one's bishop and his obedience to the pope will we have Church unity and true renewal. Obedience to the pope, your personal bishop and all the bishops in union with the pope is in the areas of faith, morals and canon law (Church discipline)is expected of every Catholic. Of course this demands some modicum of humility to set aside one's personal preferences and personal infallibility. Otherwise we become neo-schismatics like the SSPX or neo-liberal protestants, like radical, post Catholic, catholic members of the LCWR and their ilk.
Not that I can speak for God, but God has said of these sorts of infidelities of the neo-schismatics and the neo-liberal protestants (i.e. post Catholic, catholics):
Revelations 3:15,16 “I know your works... I will vomit you out of My mouth." Now that won't be a pretty mess!