Pressure is on to change the Roman Catholic Church in America, but it's not coming from the usual liberal suspects. A new breed of theological conservatives has taken to blogs and YouTube to say the church isn't Catholic enough.Please, read the whole thing here.
Enraged by dissent that they believe has gone unchecked for decades, and unafraid to say so in the starkest language, these activists are naming names and unsettling the church...
John Allen, Vatican analyst for the National Catholic Reporter, has dubbed this trend "Taliban Catholicism." But he says it's not a strictly conservative phenomenon - liberals can fit the mindset, too, Allen says. Some left-leaning Catholics are outraged by any exercise of church authority.
Yet on the Internet and in the church, conservatives are having the bigger impact...
Commentary. I've never heard of the Bryan Hehir Exposed or of the Bellarmine Veritas Ministry or The Tenth Crusade blogs, nor do I understand why the Associated Press reporter (Rachel Zoll) considered these blogs as representative of Catholic blogdom. It's not sour grapes at not being included in her blacklist, mind you. I support our bishops; I don't carry on sustained information campaigns against people, often contenting myself to point out once or twice someone's mistake before moving on to the next thing, so I understand why I didn't make Ms. Zoll's grade. Of course, I do know of my better-known colleague, Thomas Peters of American Papist, definitely one of the principal Catholic bloggers in the USA, but Ms. Zolli doesn't mix him with the others to her credit.
As I state in Vivificat's Mission Statement:
Many times during the course of this ongoing publication, situations arise in which I feel strongly the need to speak out regarding the good of the local and universal Church. In order to allay any possible confusion regarding my personal standing to make my wishes known to our Pastors concerning the good of the Church, I wish to state that my right to do so rests on Canon 212, ss3, of the 1983 Code of Canon Law:Fellow Catholics who think that the Second Vatican Council invented a new way of being Catholic, that it in fact invented a new Church and that entire portions of our Deposit of Faith (what I often call "Holy Tradition") are either disposable or susceptible to radical reinterpretation may want to deny me my canonical right of petition, but then again, they mostly care about importing postmodern political antivalues into the Church. Their often dismissive attitude to dogma, authority, and law in the Church impedes them from acting within the Church; what they have left is agitation, propaganda, pressure, and disobedience. It's not our fault they are inarticulate.[Christ's faithful] have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence and position, to manifest to the sacred Pastors their views on matters which concern the good of the Church. They have the right also to make their views known to others of Christ's faithful, but in doing so they must always respect the integrity of faith and morals, show due reverence to the Pastors and take into account both the common good and the dignity of individuals.As a Catholic blogger, I base my right to speak out on this canon, and hereby pledge to follow its accompanying responsibility to always respect the integrity of faith and morals, show due reverence to the Pastors and take into account both the common good and the dignity of individuals. I will not surrender this right. I hereby pledge to prudently and responsibly exercise this right with the lights the Holy Spirit sees fit to grant me.
With the Lord's grace and forbearance, I will continue doing what I am doing. I love Jesus Christ my Lord; I love the Church He left us, her warts and all; I love my Pastors, and I consider it a privilege to have been given the grace to persevere in this Holy Church despite some instances of my own personal unfaithfulness. In fact, I will continue to atone for those sins of unfaithfulness by my unwavering, if often inadequate defense of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church guided by the Successor of Peter, our Sweet Christ on earth. Those so-called Catholics who deny one or more of these basic tenets of our holy faith deserve our prayers, our pity, and occasionally, our charitable but loud denunciation.
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