[quote=AServantofGod]You’ve expressed yourself quite well. Your thoughts are those which I’ve entertained as well.
Here is a question that I’ve asked myself, and now I’ll ask you. Where my thoughts are often muddled and confusing to me, yours seem to be quite clear. Maybe you can give me your opinion on this. Some times it seems impossible to reign in the stampeding herd of liberalism. Do you believe it is possible for the center to move more to the right? What would it take to do that?
I started to respond to you, but it will take me too long.
I have thought about your question. This is my answer:
There is a law of nature called the second law of thermodynamics, which shows that things naturally tend to deteriorate over time. (This is one of the proofs against macroevolution, which claims that that lower species evolve into higher forms of life).
We see this “law” throughout nature: a house, over time, eventually begins to deteriorate; an old automobile, over time, begins to rust and fall apart. The same is true with society.
From the time of Adam and Eve to Noah, society had so deteriorated that God eventually had to destory everyone and begin again with Noah. Then we have the Jewish religion which was established by God, but eventually deteriorated and became corrupt. By the time Jesus arrived it was totally corrupted and became, according to the Bible, “a harolot” (Isaiah).
All of this is evidence of the second law of thermodynamics, which shows that “things”, as well as society, when left to themselves will deteriorate over time.
The solution to the natural tendency toward deterioration is the true Catholic faith and supernatural grace, which transforms both individuals and society, and causes that which is naturally tending to corruption, to be transformed:
Pope Leo XIII: “Just as Christianity cannot penetrate in the soul without making it better, so it cannot enter public life without establishing order… If it has transformed pagan society -–and that transformation was a veritable resurrection – for barbarism disappeared in proportion as Christianity extended its sway, so, after the terrible shocks which unbelief has given to the world in our days, it will be able to put that world again on the true road, and bring back to order the states and peoples of modern times. But the return of Christianity will not be efficacious and complete if it does not restore the world to a sincere love of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.” (Leo XIII Review of His Pontificate pg. 566-567)
So, the true faith and supernatural grace can indeed correct the mess we are in. The problem is that, for the past 40 years, instead of the the Church “penetrating society”, society has penetrated the Church. We now have a Church that is taking on the “spirit of the world” rather than the world being influences (penetrated) by the spirit of the Church.
So, the only hope for any true restoration of society lies squarely with the Church (since society left to itself will deteriorate, and only grace will transform it). But if our Church leaders continue on the current path of “worldliness”, false eccumensims, and compromise, there is no hope for society. It will continue on its current path of deterioration.
But, we have to remember that our real hope is not in this world. We must always maintain the theological virtue of supernatural hope, which is that God will help us to attain heaven: that is our true hope.
However, I personally believe that there will be a supernatural intervention of God, which will restore the Church as well as society. I base this belief on MANY prophecies of saints. These prophecies have predected our day exactly as it is (a state of total apostasy), and also a “great miraculous restoration”, which will take place when everything looks hopeless.
So, do I think there is any hope for the center to move back to the right? Humanly speaking, no. But I do believe that the center will not only gradually move back to the right, but the Church and society will be miraculously transformed. But first we will have to get through the mess we are in. I believe the “transformation” will be through a direct intervention of God, and not through merely human efforts.
Maybe I will post some of the prophecies of the “miraculous resurrection” of the Church that so many saints have spoke of.