Monday, March 11, 2013
THREE FORMS OF THE FAILURE OF CATHOLICISM BUT ONLY ONE IS GOOD
The first form of failure of Catholicism which is completely disastrous is Catholicism that is unfaithful to God and His will. This is infidelity. The type of infidelity that I mean is that of liberal Protestantism that has refashioned its worship, its theology, its morality and its doctrines to confirm to the spirit of the world as Saint John's Gospel understands the term "world."
There are progressive Catholics who want the Catholic Church to be as unfaithful as liberal protestantism is. These denominations make fine country clubs and for good fellowship, but they miss the mark and are too much aligned with liberal politics.
To fail at Christianity as they are is not a good thing by any stretch of the imagination. These groups are not growing, they are irrelevant and shrinking.
The second form of failure for Catholicism is misguided, but well meaning renewal in light of the documents of Vatican II. This group deifies Vatican II and becomes idolatrous. It also freezes the Church in the post-Vatican II period of experimentation and failure.
There are many who fit this camp of the Church, good people gone wild, or at least gone in a misdirected direction. One such person is the former Bishop of San Francisco, Bishop John Quinn. You can read is recipe that has led to a certain kind of failure in the Church which is not good and in fact disastrous.
The National Chismatic Reporter has an article on what Archbishop John Quinn of San Francisco recently said in a talk, you can read the synopsis of hit and a link to his talk by pressing here for Former San Francisco archbishop calls for papal reforms ahead of conclave!
The author of the NCR article Tom Fox is as schismatic as you get as a progressive, post-Catholic reporter. So if he and the National Chismatic Reporter like Archbishop Quinn's misguided suggestions for papal reform based upon what many thought what began to happen in the 1960's and 70's was what was meant for the papacy and Catholicism, you know that he and the Archbishop are a dying breed of progressive type bishops and laity who soon will be no longer.
The third type of failure is that of our Lord and our Pontifex Maximus Emeritus. This is the type of failure which is based completely upon the will of God for His Son and the Church.
Failure based upon Luke 22:42 is success for the Lord and His Church: " "Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done."
Failure based upon the following is in continuity with Luke's passage also: Matthew 27:45-46, "Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. 46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"
If the Church fails because of its fidelity to Jesus Christ in these two things, resurrection is right around the corner.
If the Church fails because of the first two reasons for it, we're doomed!