Friday, February 9, 2018
PROGRESSIVE CATHOLICISM ONCE AGAIN IN THE FOREFRONT AS THE CULPRIT OF THE DECLINE OF CATHOLICISM AS IT WAS IN THE 1960'S
As even the secular media turns a negative eye toward progressive Catholicism which fomented the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, everyone is now seeing, as in a time warp, that progressive Catholicism is the cause of the current state of decline of the Church some fifty years of the liberalizing pastoral Council of the Vatican II.
What do I mean? First, as it concerns the sexual abuse scandal, it is primarily how bishops handled these cases from the 1970's through the early 2000's. It was based upon a pastoral model that was more concerned with the priest abuser and his vocation, than the abused victims and their families.
Priest psychiatrists in most of the mental institutions that priests were sent for healing, believed in a progressive way that through prayer, thereapy, medication and support groups, like sex anonymous, priest who abused minors and usually homosexual priests, could be changed and returned to active ministry and not just one time, but time after time.
In fact, when I was vocation director, I asked a very famous priest, known very well by every bishop in this country, who was promoting being more public with the laity about priest abusers being returned to active ministry, similar to alcoholic priests returned in a public way to ministry and even their same parish, about actual victims and/or potential future victims of these kinds of priests. He was very ambiguous about the answer to that question and did not seem to give much tought to it.
Liberalism is always more concerned about abusers and their rights rather than victims. Think of the illegal alien who murdered a young woman in San Francisico and was recently found innocent!
Secondly we are seeing yet again in the present, how liberal or progressive Catholicism is so very polarizing in the Catholic Church. Those my age and older know this from our first hand experiences and memories of the 1960's, but younger Catholics are absolutely clueless and others in denial.
Who are the ones being alienated the most in the present experience of polarizing liberalism as was the case in the 1960's? Committed, traditional, conservative Catholics, so much so they leave the Church and liberal Catholics remain becasue for them the Church is simply a NGO that provides community for them and good works--the horizontal Church if you will.
Yes, we are heading once again for a smaller but not more faithful Church. I suggest a smaller more faithful Church is what is required if we are to shrink ourselves in an misguided intentional way.