Mmm, mmmm, good!!!
On "Cafeteria" Catholicism
"On the other hand, everything must be done to prevent an emigration of the progressivists, however uncomfortable their continued presence in the Church will prove to be for the faithful.... I ask the bishops: Is the hearer of a [heretical] homily dispensed from Mass? May he, ought he perhaps leave this liturgy?
But such an approach is out of the question for the Catholica... [it] would have the effect once more of hurling the remnant back into lifeless, cheerless integralisms."
-Hans Urs Von Balthasar, The Moment of Christian Witness, Ignatius Press, p. 153
No wonder good ol' Hans is the darling of the Catholic right! He took the words right out of their mouths! What do you do about modernism in the Church? Should the faithful refuse to swallow the gruel of heresy and sacrilege? Of course they should! After all, the Church is not a cafeteria! If they don't like it, they can burn in Hell! (Wait a minute, Von Balthasar says hell is empty.....)
In any event, that is the absurdity of the position. It sounds morally superior to say that someone like me is picking and choosing, while millions everyday suffer a martyrdom of having to suffer a church that no longer nourishes them. I would retort however, that there is a difference between martyrdom and spiritual suicide.
Also, what an absurdity it is to try and impose a totalitarian system of belief in a completely subjectivist liturgical and spiritual milieux. Does not such an approach turn Catholicism into a purely rationalist set of beliefs that constitutes a checklist of what needs to be assented to? And as long as you conform to this checklist, you can worship however you want, pray however you want, and express your faith however you want? What happened to the Incarnation, the Word made flesh, in all of this? Can you really be an orthodox Catholic in a charismatic service, with drums beating and electric guitars screeching? Or have these people missed the point?
If what I have just said makes me a "cafeteria Catholic", then I will pass on the peas and go stand in line for the tapioca pudding (mmmm, pudding.....)