26 February 2008
I have been sitting on a story about the St. Cronan's situation, as that parish not only careens off of the cliff of schism but takes pride in so doing.
I have so far declined to run it, for a few reasons. First, it is unseemly, and puts the subject/author of the item in question in a sad and unflattering light. The material was put into the public stream by that person, but still, it does not have the effect on the reader that is intended. Secondly, it strikes me that as the situation progresses the persons involved take greater and greater delight in playing the martyrs. As AMDG posts, this has even become a literal (and comical, too, for that matter) reality. Also, as the situation develops there appears to be a tendency, or perhaps a strategy, of flaunting disobedience, disrespect and dissent in order to force a response from the chancery. To what end, I know not, but I am not anxious to assist them.
It is tough to deal with this whole issue.
On the one hand, it is certainly news affecting the Catholic Church in St. Louis, and the public statements and actions of the dissenters are fair game. More importantly, the public heterodoxy and inducement to error contained in these statements and actions call for a public refutation, and for a defense of the faith. However, once this defense is done, and people of good will are alerted to the errors and puerile nonsense of these people, and yet they still drone on, there reaches a point of tediousness. Is this what they are really after? To so irritate people that eventually no one will want to take the trouble of checking them?
I pray for their conversion, and for them to reconcile with the Church. But viewed from a purely temporal lens, it does seem bleak. How can someone repent when they cannot acknowledge that they need to repent? When they can't admit they have done anything wrong?
If they don't believe what the Church teaches, why not leave? Because no one will give them press if they are protestant denomination number 32, 341? Because they hate the Church and wish to destroy it? Because self-actualization is their religious creed, and the Catholic Church is merely the host organism?
A little intellectual honesty, and a dose of humility, would go a long way. Until then, I wait for some real news before giving them another reason to feel put upon.