|Curt Stoller commented on CANON LAW, WHEN PROPERLY ENFORCED, IS A LOVING EXPRESSION OF THE THE CHURCH
So true what you say Anselmmusjmj!!!
I think there is plenty of guilt to go around in the by no means ended crisis. Liberalism is both a doctrine and a mood. Any many Catholics who are not card carrying leftists are by temperament, fellow travelers.
Dissent over “Humanae Vitae” was driven by leftist priests and theologians whose disobedience was ignored and even rewarded sometimes. The theologians were often tenured professors. We in the laity, at least many of us, did not rise up to defend Pope Paul VI. It was definitely not our finest hour. A great mass of laity yearned for a Lite Catholicism. The fact that the birth control pill sold in the millions is no great testimony to the obedience of the laity. At the time as the leftist laity realized that disobedience and dissent would not lead to excommunication because of Vatican fears of schism, conservative Catholics, raised to be obedient and not speak out became witting and unwitting enablers of the whole mess.
It is easy to use Bishops as scapegoats. But it should be remembered that some Dicasteries in Rome did not back up faithful bishops when they attempted to protect their flocks from heresy. Open schism was more feared in many parts of the Roman Curia than heresy. Heresy was believed to be something that could be handled and managed. Schism was feared as the worst evil. Fear drove a lot of what happened in this crisis. Culpable or inculpable, only God knows.
Bishops assigned to Dioceses entered large bureaucratic organizations where leftists were already entrenched in the various departments. A lot of priests and laymen in these chanceries were already leftists either doctrinally or in spirit. Without support from Rome, Bishops were reluctant to clean house. There was also the issue of the loud and vocal lay leftist majorities and the quiet minority of lay orthodox. Tolerance became the gospel message, tolerance for everyone except the conservatives and orthodox who were shunned,ridiculed and marginalized. One had to live during these times to know what was going on. Conservative Catholics who wished to be obedient to the Pope were seen to be “spiritually immature,” or “neurotically fearful of change,” or “Pharisaical.” Liberals admired the chastity and purity of Hindus , Buddhists and Jainists, but called Catholics who were “chaste” “psychologically unbalanced,” “haters of the human body and Manicheans.” Conservative Catholics when they were not attacked, were pitied.
Liberals could not say enough in praise of rigorously religious Buddhists and Hindus. But seriously religious Catholics were called OPD–Overly Pious and Devotional. Vocation Directors attempted to weed out such orthodox and devotional Catholics from the seminaries. A chaste Tibetan Buddhist would be seen by a liberal Catholic as a saint. A chaste Catholic would be seen as a perversion of nature.
Yesterday, A priest I highly respect told me that I should get out of the Catholic Pro-Life Movement because “those people” are fanatics and judgmental. This is the same priest who preaches regularly that sin is not that big a deal because God’s mercy is infinite and neutralizes all sin.