Why be a Catholic? Because the Church’s dogmas are true? The modernist, the Spirit-of-Vatican-IIist denies this. Are Her Scriptures, theological and mystical schools worthless then? Oh, no: they express a people’s (imaginary) encounter with the transcendent. This might indeed be worth preserving and celebrating if this people possess some distinct spiritual genius. But, no, we can’t have that either. That would be triumphalism, which is one of the greatest sins, right up there with dogmatism. Nor can the Vatican II-worshipping modernist really have much attachment to Catholicism as a way of life: its behavioral norms and communal life. Devotion to the former would be “moralism”; devotion to the latter would be “ritualism”. Both, of course, would be morally suspect because they would grant a “superiority”, at least in claims of affection, to one’s own group.
To sum up, a person might conceivably want to be Catholic because of
- the beliefs
- the people
- the rituals
but nowadays, we are taught to despise all three.
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