This is sad. This fellow really needs prayers.
Today at the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, we find a piece about
Study: young Catholics divided between traditionalists and modernists
Some want to ‘draw the Church back’ while others want it to follow social trends, a report says [In other news, water is still wet.]
There are two groups of young Catholics: those who want to “draw the Church back” to a previous era, and those who think the Church should conform to social trends, according to a report from the bishops of England and Wales.
The bishops surveyed around 3,000 young Catholic Britons ahead of next October’s synod of bishops, whose theme is “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment”. [Now the surveys from various parts of the world will be sent to Rome, where they will be found in conform to a pre-determined agenda.]
Describing the two main groups, the report said the first is “a small but vocal group who want to draw the Church back into an era which they have been told was far better than it is today”. [Notice the language. “back” … NO! Consider what a reasonable person does when she finds that, instead of heading to the store, she instead went in the other direction. Does she simply keep going in the wrong direction? No, she retraces her steps and get’s back to the proper course. One doesn’t go “back” for the sake of going “back”. That’s just nostalgia. That’s not what young people have. They don’t have “nostalgia”. They want a future. Look at the numbers of people who self-identity as Catholics, at the numbers of priests and religious, and what the trends are. If we keep heading in the wrong direction, those numbers are going to get real ugly, real fast.]
The other group, which the report describes as “much larger, though less evident”, [Note the language again. “less evident”…. why? Because they… don’t go to church?] adheres to the “predominant narratives in society, wanting the Church to follow suit”.
“The first group asks for clarity, the second for authenticity,” the report claims. [We do not accept the premise that the one is somehow opposed to the other.]
“If we’re brave enough not to dismiss either of them, it’s possible to hear their yearning for a compelling narrative of how to live as Christians both faithfully and authentically.” [Okay. They got to a good place. “not to dismiss either of them“…]
That’s enough to get the sense. Read the rest there.
Speaking of acrimony… the Catholic Herald tweeted its story:
Study: young Catholics divided between traditionalists and modernists https://t.co/RKWZIpUKB9
— Catholic Herald (@CatholicHerald) November 28, 2017
Here is how Beans responded.
Study: young Catholics divided between good guys and bad guys https://t.co/EJjabHZwe2
— Massimo Faggioli (@MassimoFaggioli) November 28, 2017
Traditionalists are “bad”.
It’s not only that they hate the ideas that traditional people in the Church hold.
They hate the people, who hold them. They hate the people.