Tuesday, August 11, 2015
NOW THAT GERMANY IS BECOMING A SMALLER CHURCH IN NUMBER, PROGRESSIVES WHO ONCE HATED POPE BENEDICT FOR HIS "SMALLER BUT PURER CHURCH SENTIMENTS" ARE NOW APPLAUDING HIM--LEFT LEANING HYPOCRACY?
Of course Praytell from the editorial point of view as well as posts and comments derided His Holiness for it but seems to have a change of heart now (metanoia) and offers glowing adoration for His Holiness' comment as it concerns Germany:
"...My only point is that it is possible for two things to happen at the same time – that more people are officially leaving the Church (in Germany), but those remaining are increasing their engagement in the life of the Church.
If this is happening, it would be a confirmation of the insight of Pope Benedict XVI that the church of the future might be a smaller, purer church. He was oftentimes misunderstood for expressing this – some thought that it was his goal to shrink the church and drive out the impure. I’m pretty sure he meant, rather, that the institutional church will shrink because of the secularizing forces of our society, whether we like it or not, but this is a call for committed Christians to strengthen their commitment and engagement, whether the church is large or small. Benedict was offering us a prediction and an invitation.
Be that as it may, let us all hope and pray that Catholics in Germany and everywhere else are increasing their church commitment, whatever their numbers may be. Let’s pray also that we can ratchet down the divisiveness round the upcoming synod and respect all the voices seeking to discern the Lord’s will for his church. I think that would mean not discrediting people’s arguments on the basis of the alleged health of the church in their homeland..."