out of step

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 11, 2005

Bad news, friends. The New York Times has announced that "the Vatican's teachings on a number of subjects, including contraception, the ordination of women, and homosexuality, are out of step with the beliefs and lifestyles of most American Catholics."

No doubt you're as horrified as I am to learn that the Holy Spirit is not dancing to the beat supplied by MTV.

But don't panic: The Church could get back "in step" by carefully following the editorial advice of the New York Times.

Or, just possibly... Dare I even hint it?

Let's put it this way: On one hand you have 2,000 years of tradition, the witness of the saints and martyrs, the Word of the Gospel, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. On the other you have the "beliefs and lifestyles" of a generation of Catholics whose religious instruction has consisted mostly of tracing smiley-faces.

Who's "out of step" with whom?

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Apr. 13, 2005 12:35 AM ET USA

    Yes, the next Pope will be Roman Catholic, too. The NYT & nominal Catholics should realize that if the Holy Father ever got "in step" with their culture of death agenda, then nobody would have shown up for the Pope's funeral, the greatest funeral Mass in history... for one of the greatest Popes in history, Pope John Paul II, the Great. The NYT & nominal Catholics need to realize that they can join one of thousands of dying congregationalist/Protestant churches that already follow their agenda.

  • Posted by: Universal - Apr. 12, 2005 6:05 PM ET USA

    JChrysostom! Well put. However the N.Y. Times is perpetually childish, while it is the Church that is perpetually youthful.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 12, 2005 6:16 AM ET USA

    One holds these pagan positions while young -- in my case, mainly to show myself as the Enlightened Man to young women I was attempting to seduce -- and then one grows up, a sense of reason transcends one's animal instincts, and the truths of the Church become blindingly clear. Even had I the best cathechesis growing up (I did not), youth are rebellious, ruled by lust and the longing to be accepted by peers. And then one grows up. The trouble with the TImes is that it is perpetually youthful

  • Posted by: Canis Prodigus - Apr. 12, 2005 2:54 AM ET USA

    I'm not certain this could have been put any better.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Apr. 11, 2005 8:13 PM ET USA

    I hear on NPR that the ELCA is about to take the poison pill by voting to ordain people in homosexual relationships. The American Episcopalians [sic] have broken faith with the Anglicans and the rest of us over this issue. Their parishes are hemorrhaging members liberally. And we are challenged to be just like them? What kind of witness is that?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 11, 2005 6:36 PM ET USA

    Those smiley-face tracers are the New York Times' fifth column. The next Pope needs to hire a recruiter for his diocesan heads (Bishops) who are not affiliated spiritually or intellectually with the New York Times. You really cannot serve two masters.