Does anyone find the way in which our Faith has been treated in the last 40 years troubling? There seems to be a general move away from missionary work and saving souls, and a move towards relativism and coexistence with other religions.
It is a rare bishop who talks about sin, redemption, atonement, and the sole centrality of Christ in human salvation, these days. There is a lot of ecumenism, with prayer-meetings held not only between different Christian denominations, but between Catholics and Buddhists and others. We don’t even believe in the same God, yet we’re praying together and not trying to evangelize them. Only a century ago, this would have been considered outrageous and scandalous to the Catholic Church. Where is this going?
My great worry is that the Church is abandoning her claims of possessing the Truth, in order to take up the mantle of a secular peace-maker, and an engine of “tolerance” and “equality”. Is Rome becoming an agent of social justice, and nothing more? Are we still allowed to say that Christ is the only Way, Truth, and Life of all Humanity? Would our bishop - or even the Magisterium itself - agree with us, were we to say these things to those who have never heard of Christ?
I am now afraid to bring my own parents to the Church, for fear that they will only hear homilies about Being Nice, or Tolerant, or Equal, or having a Community or loving Relationships. I am afraid that they won’t really be taught the faith, because we don’t really believe it anymore. How can we engage in Apologetics to convert sinners when we’re just supposed to co-exist with every religion?
Is this worry shared by anyone else?