Monday, October 13, 2014
Family Synod Midterm Report: Vatican II, Part II?
Only a draft; doesn't mean anything, but the media are pushing it like Vatican II, Part II: functionally turning the church into a mainline Protestant denomination. Er, bishops, have you SEEN the stats of the mainline denominations? Do you really think that's a good business model?
Of course I still believe the church is infallible and indefectible; her doctrines irreformable. The conservative turnaround slowly under way since the end of the '80s (20-year-olds seeking out conservative Catholicism: I saw a sound 80-year-old Augustinian priest teach a small group of students) is inevitable; the Holy Spirit at work. But if the council has taught us anything, it's that churchmen individually don't have that charism (except the Pope ex cathedra, and that's his office, not him). The Anti-Gnostic's right: men like Cardinal Dolan and the new liberal guy in Chicago will keep chasing power in the form of mainstream acceptance, trying to keep government funding, by chasing social democracy even as it runs out of gas. The church 50 years from now will be sound. But smaller.