Aspiring for the perfection of the Divine...
Tom McMahon includes in his commentary today this comment he received from a priest friend: "Of course, the Vatican checks out your sites and articles — they're terrified! It is all changing so subtly and rapidly — from the bottom up, as change always does — and I suspect they know the truth: that God is bringing us to our knees...". I have to disagree that they're "terrified". I am increasingly coming to the conclusion that "they" won't be terrified when even 96% have left the pews. "They" are simply not interested in the views of anybody who has come to the conclusion that their theologies have serious flaws. The internet has become such a good teacher. One doesn't have to travel too far from Catholica to see everyday the two archetypes in responses that we generate in the establishment. One sector actually prides themselves that they never read anything other than the official line. (I suspect, in the final analysis, that sector is actually the more dangerous to civilisation.) The other sector do read our stuff passionately, almost obsessively, and the stuff they find in places like Catholica makes them as violently ill as happens the other way around when the lapsi go read what they have to say. I don't have a sense they are terrified though — at least not in the sense that the 86% or the lapsi pose any threat to them. They may be terrified in the sense that they see the continuing exit out of the pews as a threat to the comfortable little world they have constructed for themselves full of answers to literally everything.
Despite the gloom created by the remnant, I do think we live in an exciting and hopeful time spiritually. So many writers and thinkers are challenging the orthodoxies and certitudes that, in the final analysis, do not lead either to fulfilment or salvation. We also live in a time that requires enormous patience — it's a "Qavah moment" — a time to wait patiently and expectently for the fresh understandings that seem to be emerging as to what it means to be a believer, a follower of Christ, a member of a community, to be in communion, to be a priest, to be a parent, to be someone's child, to be a woman, to be a man, or simply to be a human being aspiring for the perfection of the Divine. Enjoy your day — and Tom McMahon's commentary...
<Link to Tom's commentary>