No, because while Catholics are in the minority in some places, the Catholic Church is not at risk of becoming “moribund” in the US any time soon. Now, if you wish to argue about the experience of post-Christian Europe or some other part of the world, we can do so, but to what advantage? Has Orthodoxy exploded and displaced Catholicism in Britain? In North Africa? No, my Christian brother, in those areas where you might seek to highlight the twilight of Catholicism, the danger for us both is the rise of militant Islam and Atheism. And that is a different kettle of fish.
Frankly, this has not been my experience. American Roman Catholics love to talk about Protestantism and her errors, often to excess. Just look at this very discussion forum. So if some Orthodox Christians are themselves guilty of this, is it really so tenable for you to assert that Orthodox Christians live constantly feeling the weight of Latin Christianity “EVERY DAY” or some such similarly ridiculous assertion? In fact, Latin Christianity has very little weight upon us, because one need only attend our liturgies, hear the scriptures, listen to our liturgical texts, and hear patristic homilies (none of which mention Latin Christianity, aside from mentions in the synaxaria of Orthodox Christians martyred by Latins) in order to acquire the phronema of the Church. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that there is no true theology without liturgy and no theoria without right worship; lex orandi, lex credendi holds in Orthodoxy as a general principle. One need only be taught how we differ from other forms of Christianity in order to reduce the risk of being led astray by them.
Well, of course in this forum. It’s an apologetics forum designed for such discussions. However, I don’t think you’ll find many articles on official Catholic websites comparing and contrasting our current situation with Orthodoxy. The fact that Orthodoxy feels compelled to make such comparisons makes my case.
Still taking this untenable course, I see. People have been predicting that Orthodoxy would go “moribund” in the states for generations, but they have heretofore not been correct. In fact, the Antiochians have achieved rather good rates of growth over the last few decades.
Maybe so. Still, it *was *an official website sounding the alarm…odd, dontcha think?
Not necessarily in an entirely negative fashion. The growth of Evangelicalism often signals a rise in religious sentiment in general.
And in an increasingly hostile world, we Christians should be grateful for any growth in faith, yes? But my point was that sheep are being stolen from both our flocks by “bible” Christians.
That is certainly not the impression I’ve gotten of the Charismatic movement. Many of my friends who received degrees in either theology or philosophy from a local Catholic university do not have positive opinions of the Charismatic movement, believing that some of its tenets are at odds with Catholic teaching. I certainly find the emphasis on attempting to revive gifts of the Spirit which the New Testament said would cease in the future (like tongues) to be quite troubling.
I was a member of one of the nation’s largest Catholic Charismatic communities for 15 years. I think you are in error here, but let’s not get side-tracked on this.