Things to ponder…

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Recently I heard a comment saying we need more radical priests. To put this in context what was being advocated for, were priests who adhered to the truth of Catholicism and advocated for tradition and not modernized priests who affirm people. This got me thinking. Say that a priest is charismatic, for the most part orthodox, but not completely. Lets say he teaches decently, but never the hard truths; he never bring up the things that shake up the modern Catholic. But, because of his light and affirming nature thousands of people attend Mass at his parish.

Now lets assume there is another priest. He is a grumpy, hardline traditionalist. He is not uncharitable, but he isn’t all smiles and jokes. He is stern, honest, speaks the hard truth and does not affirm sin. Let us also suppose that he carries out an extremely revenant mass, with focus on God, and not the people. However, because of his disposition and stern, yet truthful homilies only 60 people attend his mass.

Which is better? Is it better to have a semi-truthful heterodox priest who is consumed in the modern world but gives people the experience they want? Or is it better to have a stern, hardline, orthodox priest who will give it to you straight and point you down the proper path of reverence, even though many people leave because of it?

Should the Church save face value and bring many in, regardless of truth? Or is it better to have a small number of truly faithful people?

 

Things to ponder  my friends…

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4 thoughts on “Things to ponder…

  1. From Fr. Joseph Ratzinger…

    The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning.

    She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes . . . she will lose many of her social privileges. . . As a small society, [the Church] will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members….

    It will be hard-going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek . . . The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution — when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain . . . But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.

    And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. She may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but she will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.

    http://wdtprs.com/blog/2012/03/the-church-will-become-small-and-will-have-to-start-afresh/

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  2. The latter. The Reactionary project requires that the priesthood support it, thus since the West has a liberal priesthood by and large, this priesthood has to be seized. Impossible to do while the majority of the laity are there for ‘muhh feelz’.

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  3. The problem is that many liberal and many conservative clerics as well think that if they can just get them to come, then they can begin to truly teach the faith. The problem is that once you try to teach something they leave for something else that does not require much. There is very little commitment in modern society. So instead of meeting people where they are and raising them up little by little till they can accept the hard truths. they keep people at the bottom to keep things peaceful and lucrative. there is real value and then there is strength in numbers. I would always choose real value over numbers any day of the week. It is rare when you can have both, but if you did you would be unstoppable.

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