[quote=Coder]I think we as a Church need to seek to prevent the current state of affairs from happening again in the future. The amount of dissent and lack of adherence to the Magisterium in Catholicism is truly wrong.
Is it that the Church is too large and anyone can get away with calling themselves Catholic even if they don’t agree with the Magisterium?
I could see that the Church cannot control the behavior of all the laity, for example, only attending mass at Christmas and Easter. However, when the leaders of the Church themselves such as theologians at Catholic Universities, priests, deacons, CCD teachers, and parish councils don’t fully agree with the Magisterium, I really can’t see how this can be allowed.
I even plan to take my daughter out of Catholic College because of the immorality she is exposed to there and she doesn’t want to stay there anyway.
I would like to think that this will eventually be corrected. However, can we prevent this in the future?
Do you not think that every age has had this issue? Dissent is not something new in the Catholic Church; it has been at the root of evey heresy through the centuries.
How to prevent it? By speaking the truths of the Gospel. How to enforce that? The Church is not an enforcer, at least in the sense of micromanaging every priest, every nun, every bishop, every theologian. Those who will stray, will stray. JP2 admitted that he was not particualrly strong in the area of discipline.
Those who seem to think that Benedict 16 will do a “smack down” (those are the words used in other threads in this forum) ar presuming that he is some sort of enforcer or police, and will start micromanaging.
That he might bring some few to heel is entirely possible, but that he is going to be giving a litmus test or loyalty oath to each and every Cardinal, bishop, priest and theologian is the pipe dream of some individuals, but they don’t even seem to know who this Pope is, and it simply isn’t going to happen. Their view of the papacy borders on comic book characterization. His history is that of a very brilliant, but quiet and humble theologian, bishop, Cardinal, and now Pope. He isn’t one to throw his weight around, and never has been. He is also very supportive of Vatican 2, which was rather explicit about the role of bishops in the Church.