Index of Liberal Catholic Warriors for the Faith:
- Under Construction. See Episcopalian.
C’mon guys, don’t ever lose your sense of humor. I mean your faith, well…. But never lose your sense of humor. Think of it as the only true historically peer-reviewed commandment.
I used to feel bad for liberal Catholics during the past score-ish years. Clearly discouraged by John Paul II’s longevity and succession, their liberalism seemed to represent the 10th step in a 12-step program to leave the Church. Their main concerns have always struck me as more political than spiritual. The list is familiar:
- Female priests
- Nuanced stance on abortion
- Acceptance of homosexuality
One thought bothered me about that list. Transubstantiation. How could they keep transubstantiation off the list for so many years. I mean granted their main issues were literally sexy or sexual, but theologically speaking, they couldn’t hold a jock strap [or panty] to transubstantiation in terms of the difficulty of true acceptance of Catholic teaching. That’s why transubstantiation is the Boise State of Catholic theology. Think of the scandal if Boise State were kept out of the the BCS title game after 1,863 undefeated years.
Then one day it hit me like as if I was staring at Marcee in a Beautiful Mind. It’s not real. Their list is not real. It’s interesting and focus-grouped, but it doesn’t represent the main concerns of adult Catholics, even liberal ones. A list of real concerns about the difficulty in accepting Catholic teaching would be more varied and less aligned with politically correct issues of the day.
Ever since that day, I’m the jaded guy in the crowd on the ground seemingly unaffected by the threats of ‘jumping’ from liberal Catholics on the ledge. If asked, my advice would be to go ahead and jump. Who knows, the distance they fall may not be as far as their oscillation would suggest.
If you think that opinion is judgmental, then you need to brush up on the difference between having an opinion on issues in the public domain and the type of judgment we are admonished not to engage in in the Scriptures. One involves forming an opinion to the best of our abilities and the other presumes to know God’s will. As an example, while I would prefer, if asked, that liberal Catholics jump, that is not judgmental. If I presumed to know where they would land when they jumped, now that’s judgmental.
I recommend Fr Barron’s take on the issue, although I doubt he would reciprocate.