I could count on one hand the number of homilies I heard that addressed abortion or sexuality in any way. Rather, the homilies were wholly therapeutic, almost always some saccharine variation of God is love.
In his recent book about Anglicanism, Our Church, the English philosopher Roger Scruton says the greatest problem in the modern world is the “loss of the habit of repentance.” Broadly speaking, there seemed to me to be no particular interest in the American Catholic church in repentance, because there was no particular interest in the reality of sin.
In his interview, the pope used a metaphor for the Church that is often employed by Eastern Orthodox Christianity: he called it a “field hospital” where the walking wounded can receive treatment. He’s right, but it’s important to discern the nature of the cure on offer. Anesthesia is a kind of medicine that masks the pain, but it’s not the kind of medicine that heals the underlying sickness.
Monday, September 30, 2013
I was reading the blogosphere (not a good idea when you're tired and you should be going to bed) about some of the controversy that has been stirred up by Rod Dreher's article "I'm Still Not Going Back to the Catholic Church" in the latest issue of Time. Mr. Dreher makes many salient points about the state of the American Catholic Church in particular and about Roman Catholicism and christianity in general. It is well worth the read. Though Mr. Dreher is now a communicant in the Eastern Orthodox Church, it is very easy to naturally ascribe to him some vendetta or schadenfreude for the confession he left behind. I, personally, don't see that there, but I do see that he is right on the money with his observations of not just the Catholic Church but also Christian confessions across the spectra. Whatever his motivations may be for writing this article, let's look at some of his complaints about modern Roman Catholicism here in the states.