Friday, October 16, 2015

Ignoring the Synod on the Family and more

  • On not "reporting" on the Synod on the Family. It doesn't matter. Nothing, nobody, can change the teachings of the church. To make a big to-do about the Synod is to buy into the idea they can. Which of course is what the secular world, and even some "conservative" pundits who've left the church, want you to think. Some churchmen don't believe the teachings. That's not news. In a way the argument among clerics is a repeat of Catholicism vs. Protestantism: through the church, God offers transforming grace right now, through the sacraments, not tokens but actually doing what they signify, and its infallible teaching voice; Protestants believe Jesus's saving work was all in the past so he just covers up your sins, so sure, give Communion to the divorced and remarried (implied: the sacraments are only tokens, and the church is changeable by vote). By the way, hooray for the Ukrainian major archbishop (head of the biggest Eastern Catholic church, a patriarch in all but name; my first traditional Catholic Mass in person was Ukrainian, 30 years ago) and Melkite patriarch for defending the faith on divorce and remarriage to their brother bishops; logically, the few "Orthodox in communion with Rome," mostly an online phenomenon, should change their minds or leave the church (a lot of them do).
  • So let's see, Pope Francis visited Kim Davis and sound Catholics cheered, then when that was criticized, a story went around that it was a mistake and some are calling for the cleric who arranged it to get in trouble? And the spin is the Pope was lamely defending "freedom of conscience" (like Prince Charles' proposed "defender of faith," not "defender of the faith," originally a Catholic title), not Davis' stand, which is the church's and, thanks to a retained belief in natural law ("I hate to break it to you, boys, but you can't make a baby that way"), until recently was Western society's? It is pathetic when the left (today's ruling Christian heresy; no other society could have come up with it) sets the terms for the church's discourse (like it does for the Republican Party: "See? Open borders! We can field black and women candidates too!"). So the spokesmen for the Pope end up mouthing the expressions of the French Revolution. But the great sifting goes on; old liberal clergy stay because they have nowhere else to go, but mostly, Catholics who no longer believe now just leave. We'll have a smaller, sounder church, while at the same time, in the Internet age, the church has fulfilled the Great Commission.
  • From 2011: "Youth" vs. "teenager." Interesting, adolescence. Of course no two people are alike so it varies a lot. Anyway, adolescence is real; basically, children in adult bodies for a few years. What's changed for the worse is how they're treated, as society has broken down, especially since the Sixties. Before, "it took a village"; you had extended family and real community (society) to help these people be the adults they physically are. Get married young, have lots of sex in your body's prime, and thus have babies. The boys apprenticed or studied to get good jobs; the girls had built-in child care and advice. We don't have families and communities like that anymore, and, to be fair, since the '50s, "teenager" has been a marketing plan, as society unnaturally prolongs childhood only now with expensive adult vices. Turning a profit. Gangs/"peer group": media-fueled substitute for real families and communities. There's money to be made off manufacturing a generation gap.
  • The hardline Orthodox view against our sacraments is historically untrue. There's long been mutual recognition, theirs in practice mirroring ours in principle.
  • A downer with a point. Welcome to the future: downward mobility and social depression. The end of the American dream.

1 comment:

  1. Re the demise of the American Dream:
    I see the rich farmland of the Delaware Valley being churned over, and into McMansion developments.
    Perhaps greater use will come when they are converted to “multi-family” dwellings.

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