Wednesday, September 21, 2016
THE PROBLEM WITH CATHOLICS ON THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT AND IN BETWEEN
On the right, we have the rigidity of those who claim orthodoxy but who are quite willing to split and join semi-schismatic groups or go the way of authentic, full blown schism of the Eastern Orthodox Church. There is a disconnect in all of this. As well, they claim they are more Catholic than Pope Francis is, yet they denigrate His Holiness at every turn, usually hiding behind the curtain of anonymity. Never mind that they sin in a mortal way (they believe in mortal sin, btw) against the virtue of charity. To a certain extent too they break canon law when they publicly denigrate the pastors of the Church and their office, be it the Supreme Pastor or less than supreme ones.
They you have the group in the middle who are content with Mass on occasion, claiming the veneer of being Catholic but really more concerned about the secular sentimentality of the age. They work hard, live well and go about their business without having a fight to pick with the Church. They could care less about Church politics and fights and whether Pope Francis is a favorite of the liberals or the wishy-washy.
Perhaps that is the problem with post Vatican II Catholics, they are too churchy or not churchy enough and forget that supporting the Church financially is critical to their faithfulness as Catholics (paying), that their personal relationship with God manifested at Mass, other liturgies, devotions and a sacramental life (praying) is foundational as is complete and full assent to the Deposit of Faith and the canon laws of the Church expressed by the living Magisterium of the Church be it Ordinary or Extraordinary (obeying).
It really is quite simple and uncomplicated, isn't it?