I’m really happy to hear about Rush, who I would never listen to normally. I have certainly heard many others from outside the Church respect the fact that the Church stands strong and firm. Praise be to God for that gift in our Church!
As far as O’Reilly goes, and Kerry, and all the other people we name, they are very sadly a part of what may even be close to a majority in the American Church, and they, like anyone else NEED OUR PRAYERS!!!
A major problem with American Catholics (and all Americans) is that they receive a message through the press, and public (sometimes even Catholc) schools that democracy is the right way and the only way, and they seemingly cannot differentiate between political government, and Christ’s unchanging Truth in the Church. They learn that they want the government out of their life and develop similar ideas about the Church. This total misuderstanding is a sad, sad reality, but there is of course hope!
Part of the reason for the application of the idea that deocracy is the only way, even for the Church, may have come out of the dialogue of Vatican II, when people in the Church, including many priests and religious, misuderstood, and so, misled others into believing that the idea of change and dialogue would mean, “you pick how you want the Church to be.” This line of thinking led many to believe that it was their role to choose for themselves and for others in the Church. Much of this attitude still exists in the Church, among many American Catholics, including many priests and religious.
The problem is a lack of understanding, not an intentional desire to uproot the Church, although sometimes that is what it turns into.
PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!!!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!
and genlty but firmly TEACH, TEACH, TEACH!!! (and of course, learn!!)
A great book on the subject: What Went Wrong With Vatican II: The Catholic Crisis Explained (by Ralph McInery) You can buy it, or look at it here.