Monday, December 14, 2015
Regular Catholics redux
Again, regarding the "Are you Catholic?" humorous chart: I can assure you that many Catholics wouldn't consider themselves aligned with any of these groups or their ideas.
I hear you. My guess is most Catholics (a.k.a. "the people") are neither interested in a crusade to preserve Western culture such as Latin and chant nor in "reforming" the church to better promote justice and peace, man. Regular Catholics often don't live up to the church's teachings (such as the commandments) and rules, and sometimes think they're a pain (the sexual teachings when you're a teenager with your glands screaming at you, for example), but they try, going to Mass, whatever it happens to be, whether they like it or not, for the good of their souls and to ask God special favors for themselves and maybe others. They hope to get to a priest before checkout time. Regular Catholics think Pope Francis is a nice guy like John Paul II was and aren't interested in the church's worship war (liturgy war) nor in hokey attempts to create "Christian community" (pseudo-intimacy that doesn't suit a religion for the crowd: "here comes everybody"); they have their families, significant others, and friends for that at home. But, even though their old neighborhood's probably long gone, they have community in that they're proud of being Catholic: in America, from the St. Patrick's Day Parade to cheering for Notre Dame football to the Feast of Seven Fishes, etc. Don't get me wrong: the "professional" orthodox are right. It's just that most Catholics aren't like that.