Country Club Catholicism

Greene perceives an almost elemental conflict between holiness and what might be called moral hygiene. More balanced is the view of John Henry Newman, an earlier convert, who saw social polish as sometimes encouraging, sometimes suppressing, Christian action:

 

It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say he is one who never inflicts pain. . . . He is mainly occupied in merely removing the obstacles which hinder the free and unembarrassed action of those about him; and he concurs with their movements rather than takes the initiative himself. His benefits may be considered as parallel to what are called comforts or conveniences in arrangements of a personal nature: like an easy chair or a good fire, which do their part in dispelling cold and fatigue, though nature provides both means of rest and animal heat without them. The true gentleman in like manner carefully avoids whatever may cause a jar or a jolt in the minds of those with whom he is cast;—all clashing of opinion, or collision of feeling, all restraint, or suspicion, or gloom, or resentment; his great concern being to make every one at their ease and at home. (Source)

What’s really going on here at the Synod is human respect and the disordered desire for it.  These bishops are worldly men who want to be esteemed by the culture — at any cost.

2 thoughts on “Country Club Catholicism

  1. These bishops accommodating adulterous unions are no different than teachers giving passing grades to failing students, so as not to hurt their feelings. In the long run, it only hurts the struggling students when they have to face the challenges of the real world. In the bishops’ case, the consequences are eternal loss of their charges’ souls.

    • Speaking of educators of Western Civilization since starting in 1962 when Christianity was decreed Unconstitutional by our Western Democracies in Government,Law and Education.Before the religion-worldview of so-called “neutral” Secular Humanism was decreed Constitutional with it’s living tree evolving society interpretation in Government,Law and Education by Western Democracies our school teachers led their students in The Lord”s Prayer.Sex Education was dating,courtship and waiting for sex in faithful marriage to one of the opposite sex.The Ten Commandments were on Government Establishments,Courthouses,School House walls,and thus in the majorities hearts and minds.Today promiscuous sex is normalized to our malleable students by adult school teachers,Planned Parenthood,and homosexual activists,as human rights.This makes for a society indoctrinated in schools to have faith in the religion-worldview of so-called “neutral” Secular Hedonism. They are taught that religions are humanities problems,but the worst religion-worldview of so-called “neutral” Secular Humanism with it’s Politically Correct ideology is really “not” a religion-worldview.This makes a society of easily led indoctrinated people,and clergy who have been educated to believe Christless Secularism is a “neutral” worldview.The elite Secular Educators who came up with so-called “neutral” Secularism have turned Politically Correct ideology into Governments of tyrants. The majority fell for the neutral Secular lie hook,line and sinker,and still do,and elect so-called neutral secular governments to rule Western Civilization.Today “real” Christians are persecuted.What does the Governmental church and people of Sodom and Gomorrah look like?

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