Saturday, August 9, 2014
CAN ONE SIMPLY BE A CATHOLIC WITHOUT BEING IDEOLOGICAL OR CORRUPTING THE PRACTICE OF CATHOLICISM ACCORDING TO POLITICAL DIVISIONS?
We know Catholics are sinners, miserable sinners and the EF Mass makes that more abundantly clear than the Ordinary Form. So there will always be the categories of faithful or unfaithful Catholics.
There will always be orthodox and heterodox Catholics until the heterodox Catholic is excommunicated.
What needs to come to an end, as it is in the category of the false "spirit" of Vatican II is the politicization of Catholics according to the terms liberal, conservative, left leaning or right leaning. Usually these terms are used in the same categories as political divisions. Republicans are pro-life and thus conservative. Democrats are pro-choice and thus liberals. Democrats support the poor and thus are liberals, Republicans support fiscal restraint to the detriment of the poor and are conservatives, and on and on and on.
Catholics, on the other hand, who are orthodox and faithful do not divide the Church according to political divisions. We are faithful to the Magisterium of the Church in the areas of faith, morals and Canon Law. We are faithful to our local bishops who can legislate as well. We are faithful to the highest papal teachings, such as encyclicals, like the ones on social justice and Humanae Vitae.
We are respectful to our pope and bishops in the areas of faith, morals and canon law and other types of legislation. And while there are degrees of importance in papal teachings (encyclicals being the highest) we are respectful even of papal interview which carry less authority (although a papal interview can contain infallible truth!).
We are also respectful of all the liturgies of the Church and the manner in which they are celebrated which gives the Church a great deal of latitude.
We are respectful of Summorum Pontificum a very high level of papal legislation that allows the laity freer access to the older manner of celebrating the rites of the Church.
We acknowledge what is the normative form of the Mass and sacraments and accept that as doctrine!
We embrace the flexibility built into the post-Vatican II revisions of the liturgical celebrations.
BOTTOM LINE COMES NOW: WE ARE FAITHFUL CATHOLICS!