I’ve already alerted my readers that the transition to a new
Pope will elicit much foolishness from the “news” media. David Fischler is already having a
field day with Papal Malarkey Syndrome (PMS) from the noos media and beyond.
The latest vomit of PMS that Fischler notes comes from the Washington Post,
which laments that the Pope and his church is not oh-so enlightened like them. Their conclusion is particularly rich:
Benedict will leave behind a church facing the same debilitating problems that
loomed after the death of Pope John Paul II — above all, how to remain relevant
to an increasingly secular world and to its own changing membership. This
pope’s response was to insist that only uncompromising adherence to past
doctrine could preserve the faith. Catholics who seek a different answer will
have to hope that a college of cardinals dominated by the pope’s appointees
will choose a more progressive successor.
Oh yes, the church must be more “relevant to an increasingly
secular world.” The world is
becoming more worldly, so the church should as well? Huh?
No, the church must retain its distinctiveness, its
saltiness if you will. When the
church tries too hard to be “relevant” it becomes less so and often downright
silly, driving the very people away it is seeking to reach. Marc Solas, no old grump like me, has
put that down as one of the top 10 reasons youth leave the church:
The Church is “Relevant”:
misread that, I didn’t say irrelevant, I said RELEVANT. We’ve taken
a historic, 2,000 year old faith, dressed it in plaid and skinny jeans and
tried to sell it as “cool” to our kids. It’s not cool. It’s not modern.
What we’re packaging is a cheap knockoff of the world we’re called to
evangelize. . . .
a fawning wanna-be just hoping the world will think we’re cool too, you know,
just like you guys!
meet the real world and our “look, we’re cool like you” posing is mocked.
In our effort to be “like them” we’ve become less of who we actually are. . .
. The minute you aim to be “authentic”, you’re no longer authentic!
Fortunately, we are more likely to be hit by an asteroid
today than that the Cardinals will follow the Washington Post’s fond yearnings. Thanks be to God.
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