If the following images produce feelings of loathing the Catholic Church and her traditions, how do you then allow God's grace to redeem you and help you to love the Church, warts and all?
The Church of today is a Church of extremes. On one end of the spectrum, we have those who live in the past and think everything that has happened since Vatican II has been negative. They loathe the "AM Church" as some call it.
Then you have those on the opposite end who think everything that happened in the Church prior to Vatican II was just horrible. They loathe cappa magnas, authority, order, hierarchy, and just about anything else that was of the culture of the Church prior to Vatican II.
Some loathe Latin, some loathe the vernacular. Some loathe the priest facing away from them, some loathe the priest facing them.
Some loathe burlap and felt, others loathe Gothic gold and fiddle back vestments.
What if we all joined in the middle and followed Pope Benedict's hermeneutic of reform within continuity with the Church prior to the Council. Would that help to put an end to self-loathing and inspire Catholics to love the Church as she is and is developing grateful for the past, happy in the present and looking forward to the future, especially life in heaven which the Church is meant to prepare us?
Another blog has asked the question, "what positive things do you like about the Church as she is now?"
I might ask the same question. Don't be negative or loathing in your responses.