Perhaps the phenomenon that has become known as Cafeteria Catholicism, where the Church becomes “my church” and “My God”, and Bishops “no longer speak for me” are actually symptoms of a heresy within the Catholic Church that similar to the Arian Heresy in the times of the early church. A version of the internalization of the Protestant Heresy developed during the Reformation, but not really seen within the Catholic Church until after Vatican II.
It would explain why Mass is seen as optional by so many, and why Confession has become almost nonexistent in many, if not most parishes. Indeed, some Churches have removed all the confessionals and have a single multifunctional room where an occasional reconciliation may occur.
It would explain why few people genuflect before the tabernacle before entering a pew in church, and that may be a symptom of the fact that between 74-90% of people identifying themselves as Catholic don’t believe in the transubstantiation and the presence of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ within the Eucharist.
Sola Scriptura, the central idea of the Protestant Church, is the idea that we can make it up as we go. It is not apart of Catholic thought.
It would also be an explanation for the support for the Democrat ticket that has been so well documented. If you can just make up the basic tenets of Church teaching, why not make up your own social teaching.
Catholicism is a religion that is steeped in tradition, Faith, Grace and Devotion. The Mass is the renewal of the Sacrifice of Christ, not a remembrance of the last supper. The actions that we do flow from the shared sacrifice that the Eucharist offers. And it is important to received this supreme gift with a soul cleansed by the Sacramental Absolution that comes from Confession.
If we could get back to that one thing, there would be no question that Life would be sacred, in all of its manifestations. There would be no argument of the sanctity of marriage,as well as the unitive and procreative aspects of the sexual act. Children would always be considered a gift from God, from the time of fertilization. Contraception and abortion would be a thing of history, and instead of welcoming and encouraging Same Sex Marriage, we would develop support for the celibacy of people with same sex attraction.
Peace and Justice would be rooted in the Eucharist and Church Doctrine and, so grounded, be much more effective. And we wouldn’t have to be constantly reminded that Jesus loves us, because, in the development of our interior life, we would continually know that in our heart and soul. This love is then reflected to everyone in whom we come into contact.
Sound hokey? Perhaps. But just think about the possibilities…..
St Gianna, Pray for us
St Anne, Pray for us