Friday, November 29, 2013

Liberal Catholic? Conservative Catholic? Or Catholic?



I hope to live to see the day when the terms "liberal" and conservative" are no longer used to refer to membership in the Body of Christ. For example, Father Z has recently penned an analysis of the heterodox position on recent happenings involving Pope Francis, which makes use of these terms. The schema of “liberal” (progressive, left) vs. conservative (traditionalist, right) which followed upon the close of Vatican II is inadequate for understanding the present-day crisis of faith within the Church of Jesus Christ, though it is most unfortunate that usage of these terms persist among many Catholics and in the media today. Division within Christ’s Church is a clear attack by the evil one. Satan’s strategy here is the time-honored one of divide et impera - divide and conquer. Remember, too, Jesus’ words to the Pharisees: “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.” What is a more fruitful way of looking at the Church today? I suggest that made up of members of the body who know Christ, and those who have yet to meet Him. More here.