Sunday, February 25, 2018
AGAIN I ASK, DO RANK AND FILE CATHOLICS REALLY FEEL THE ANGST ABOUT POPE FRANCIS AND THE DIRECTION HE IS LEADING THE CHURCH OR IS IT JUST SOME CHURCH PROFESSIONALS AND NEW MEDIA GEEKS?
When the Protestant Episcopal Church was in upheaval in the 1970's to this day over women's ordination and the dumbing down of their doctrines and morality, there were plenty of divisions happening. But most Episcopalians, like most Protestants, could care less about the big picture as long as they were happy in their own congregation. And of course Protestant tradition is to split if you are in disagreement with your pastor, bishop, or elder or other members. So nothing new here.
Catholics on the other hand, tended to appreciate universal unity in faith, morals, liturgy and spirituality of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Usually only devotional life was inculturated in pre-Vatican II times but not the Sacraments and certainly not the Mass.
It seem, though, that Pope Francis is implementing the old, very old, 1970's canard of different synods of bishops in different countries making up their own rules and regulations on just about everything including who can receive Holy Communion and what constitutes a mortal sin and this also has ramifications for the sacraments and the Mass.
But if Catholics are happy in their own congregation and now are encouraged to be congregationalists by the pope himself, should they give a hoot about the big picture or just be protestant?