However, in the past 50 years, its fairly common knowledge that modernism (“Cafeteria Catholicism” where you pick and choose what you want to believe) has spread nearly everywhere. Pat Archbold at the National Catholic Register had a few interesting thoughts on why all of a sudden, things are going to get even worse before they get better.
Within the past 3 days we have seen more calls for radical reform from 'top prelates' than anytime in I would guess, the post-Conciliar era.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published a document in June 2003 which stated that “respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions.” Well, it doesn't make sense to consider homosexuality “an acceptable way of life, just not as acceptable as marriage.”
Let's hope Archbold is right.
Being quite frank, Pope Francis does not strike me as a disciplinarian. In fact, you can pretty much bet he's not going to be at all like Pope Benedict XVI in that way. (Benedict sought to teach us that we believe in the way we behave and we behave in the way we believe–liturgically and in in exterior disciplines etc). USC asks a good question: Why is there so much contradiction about the new pope? I believe many Catholics are trying to hope that he will maintain his practices. Considering a large theme of his pontificate has been about getting down to basics and not being an idealogue, moralist or missing the forest for the trees, he likely won't, let's face it.
However, when it comes to the above issues, he sure could do a lot to settle these people down with a few words by continuing the stand that the Catholic Church has already taken.
As Francis has said, the Church belongs to Christ and no one else. Despite all the chatter about doing so, we cannot remake her. We can however make people think she has been remade (it already happened once or twice…)
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