And You Thought We Had Problems....
Catholicism is a faith in flux across U.S.,from the Belleville News Democrat, June 28th 2006
There's a tension between Catholicism and American culture, [said Chester Gillis]. American culture is winning out.
That is what I am talking about, people! If the Vatican tommorrow decided to ordain women, relax its stand on homosexuality, divorce, or anything else, do you think there would be an uproar in the American Church over it? Of course not.
Roman Catholics are no different from anyone else in society. That is the experience that I had growing up. My 16 year old sister is a lay Eucharistic minister. Does she believe in the Real Presence? I don't know. I am afraid to ask her. And she was just confirmed!
Sorry, this is not a problem of confessional lines. This is a problem of the entire Christian experience in the face of postmodernity. There are good guys and bad guys in every confession of Christendom. There is no tower of safety, but we have to fight nonetheless.