Michael Matt asks “what will it take” to waken up the “neo-Catholics” (we call them diocesan Catholics) – those in the pews who are going along with the “reforms” of Vatican II, albeit, some at least, less than willingly.
I ask the same question. Since the February newsletter has been dropping through letter boxes, I’ve had calls from concerned Catholics here in Scotland, stressed out about what they are witnessing in their parish Mass, but still not joining up the dots. One caller actually said she had been so proud of the new Pope, that he was portraying a great image of the Church with his concern for the poor and so on, but now she was concerned about this Lutheran celebration.
“Proud” of this awful Pope? Gimme, I mean GIMME strength! Yet these callers are lovely people, genuinely concerned about the liturgical abuses they are witnessing – as a matter of interest, two of these callers who were unknown to each other, rang about the same priest.
Anyway, are Catholics right to be shocked at the news that Pope Francis will actually participate – indeed play a leading role – in the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Protestant schism? Or do we all need to “chill out” – it’s no big deal, really? Those of the latter view, remember, need to demonstrate how it came to pass that the Holy Spirit misinformed all the previous popes, prior to Vatican II, so that they condemned ecumenism and forbade Catholics from participating in ecumenical activities. If the Holy Spirit is truly leading the present Pope to do something which his predecessors have condemned, then we need answers. How can that be? Over to you!