Friday, May 8, 2015
THE ARROGANCE OF LIBERALISM IN THE CHURCH
It began first with the Liturgy. Even with the revamping of the Mass and a new theological ethos given to various aspects of it, the Mass of Pope Paul VI if done by the book and with sobriety in music and style would not have led to the diminution of the Church as has occurred.
What harmed the Church was the creativity that was allowed for the Mass, the abolishment of the traditional forms of piety during the Mass and the shunting Eucharistic adoration and piety to a small chapel or side closet where the tabernacle was kept for the elite few who would visit there.
Then the liberalization of religious life and the priesthood led to the decline of numbers of people entering or staying.
Those who remained and were at the forefront of the liberal movement got control of Christian education techniques and textbooks and completely changed the face of how the Church handed on her teachings. Heterodoxy and superficiality flourished.
Social work came to be seen as a new sacrament and as though it was something unique to Catholicism and Christianity, which it isn't. But certainly good works are a hallmark of traditional Catholicism but never separated from orthodox Catholic Faith. Faith and good works go hand-in-hand otherwise the Church and her members in helping the poor simply become another non-governmental organization or worse yet are linked to corrupt government programs that promote birth control and abortion.
Yet, one wonders if liberals wanted and want a gutted Catholicism so that secularism can flourish unhindered. I think this is true. There is a great political motivation here. To be liberal means everything has to be allowed and individualism must flourish to the detriment of the common good.
Please name one liberal religious order and one liberal, formerly Catholic nation and tell me how Catholicism has fared. Look northward to Quebec. Europe is legendary.
Then name the more conservative religious orders and countries (dioceses) that are doing well.