Sometimes, I feel as if this is the case. But I often have such a cynical heart towards those whom I dissagree with.
However, when taing a step back. Allowing a certain air of humility and patience to fill my heart. I do see some movements toward unifying the Church with the Orthodox in some ways. More along the lines of the Protestants in others.
I was reflecting on Pope Saint Pius X’s encylical pascendi dominici gregis the other day. He warned quite clearly of “Modernists” full scale infiltrating the church. This document has been lost to the minds of many lay Catholics and many clergy too. However I think it has some relevance to what we are experiencing today.
Pope Saint Pius X outlined quite clearly what he believed the ‘modernist’ to be. But with later Church councils, this type of thinking had been somewhat nerfed. However, I believe it to be crucial to understanding how we ought to adress to crisis in the Church.
A modernist is defined as almost as a jack of all trades. They are “a philosopher, a believer, a theologian, an historian, a critic, an apologist, a reformer.” I cant help but look at it as a sign of the times. Just 10 years later the Russian revolution would occur. Communism, an idea which, in my opinion, grew from an inability for men to grow up. An inability to do one thing and do it well.
So the same ideas creep in to the Church. Which is how I relate this point back to your original point. It seems as if, we are suffering from the consequences of this thinking, more than a century later. The Church now seems to be pointing in a direction of “More power to the bishops, less power to Rome”
It comes, in my opinion from a want to be different from the Church of old. Less Iron fisted.
However, I believe weakening Rome, is away for us to weaken obedience and weaken the need for the virtue of humilty in the lay faithful and clergy. But yet, strengthening Rome, returning to days of old isn’t the solution either. Instead we should rely, more heavily now than ever before, on the dynamism of the Churches Religious orders. Dominicans, specialists in the academic and intellectuals, Benedictines, in prayer and monasticism. More modern movements like Opus Dei, preach a motto of “Do your work well, and to the best of your ability”. We need as a Church to understand that we’re not returning to days of Old.
We can however, build on the existing foundations of the Church, where by we can have those who do what they do well, in positional powers where they can best attend to the responisibilities at hand. Rome, serves its place. We are loyal to Rome, for it holds the seat of Saint Peter. We need to aid Rome, in her time of Crisis. Not criticise her. By strengthening the Orders we remove the need to weaken rome. similiar things can be said of the lay apostalates. I think also, this is why the idea of a personal prelature is more monumental than we may thing. It was opposed in many ways by ‘modernists’ However it infact strengthens Rome, as do the Orders.
This I believe is our best plan forward.
Praying for you, and entrusting my graces to Mary, perhaps that she may use them best in your Heart as she sees fit.