At Fishwrap there are a couple things today which exemplify the starting point of the Left.
First, I note a revealing comment by the Wile E. Coyote of the catholic Left. MSW wrote, inter alia, about the recent death of Charles Krauthammer:
Speaking of the state of conservatism, I cannot fail to note the death of Charles Krauthammer, the former speechwriter for Walter Mondale who became one of the leading conservative public intellectuals in our time. I knew Krauthammer from his days at The New Republic and always appreciated his intellectual rigor even when we reached wildly different conclusions, which happened often. There was a rigidity to his thought, an unwillingness to accept that ideas change, and must change, as they are applied to the real world, but he was no hypocrite as too many Washington, D.C.-based intellectuals are or become.
(No, MSW doesn’t have a high opinion of his own abilities.)
Note what he says: “Ideas change as they are applied to the real world.” Card. Kasper would approve.
Moving on, also at Fishwrap, in a talk the Bishop of San Diego, Most Rev. Robert McElroy exposed his “three fundamental foundations” for his understanding of pastoral theology. Namely:
- The “assertion that not only the activity, but the very nature of the church, involves at its heart pastoral action to heal the hearts of men and women who are suffering”;
- Recognition “that the church should mirror the pastoral action of the Lord himself”;
- The principle “that the church’s pastoral identity and action must be rooted in the life situations that men and women actually experience in the world today.”
There it is. The Fishwrap piece stresses “lived reality”.
This enables the claimant to set aside just about any doctrine or practice of the Church. What the Church teaches is just a position that can change, according to the perceived needs of the moment. And if you claim that you are being moved by “the spirit” over and against the mere “institutional” Church, all the better. Then you can start the virtue signalling in earnest and even vilify those backward looking mean people who cling to their doctrines and laws against the obvious movements of “the spirit”.
I direct the readership to a post from last February. It’s about “lived experience”. HERE
Gerhard Ludwig Card. Müller has something to add to the discussion.
These folks on the Left have a fluid relationship with the truth, which is an ever moving target. The scholar Thomas Heinrich Stark pointed out, those who talk about bending the Church’s teachings (and practices) to “reality”, would say that truth can vary from place to place and time to time. What might have once been true doesn’t necessary need to be true now. The German/Kasperite/Rahnerian approach replaces the philosophical grounding of theology with politics (majorities can determine truth, and that might diverge from what people thought in the past). Truth changes according to shifting mores, values, etc. To hell with reason (e.g., syllogisms).
You might read the rather difficult, but dead-on right, essay by Thomas Heinrich Stark in Catholic World Report: German Idealism and Cardinal Kasper’s Theological Project. HERE In essence, Kasper and Co. replace philosophy with politics: majority rule (“lived experience”) can change interpretation of Scripture, doctrine, whatever.
You can see how pernicious this is. Be on your guard.