The whole Al Smith Dinner Scandal involving New York’s Archbishop, Cardinal Dolan is now in full swing.
There was a time when Socon or Bust would have joined the band wagon denunciation, but frankly I see no point any more. The hierarchy just don’t get it, and the word “scandal” has become completely meaningless in the Catholic Church today. What’s the point of blowing your stack when your opponents are the bishops and whose vocabulary does not include the word?
We’ve become the tower of Babel. We speak languages that the other cannot understand. The Bishops do not understand the language of Humanae Vitae. They pay lipservice to it but are unwilling to accept the consequences of what it means for their ministry in this cuture of Death. We don’t like to admit that it is not possible to solve the problem. We think that more “dialogue” is the solution – both with our opponents within the Church and our enemies outside of it. It’s the endless dialogue that permeates everything in the Church today. The dialogue never ends and it’s usually a subtle self-deception to avoid the Cross. Problems, conflicts? Not a problem…just engage in dialogue forever and ever Amen, and never bring down the hammer. Is that how Jesus did it? Ask the Pharisees about how long He “dialogued” with them.
It’s not unlike the “courtship” in today’s relationships between men and women which never seem to end. They just don’t end up marrying until their 40s or 50s, if ever. Actually, if you think about it, the endless dialogue that happens today is like contraceptive sex: all of the pleasure and none of the consequences. Ask yourself, honestly, if this is not exactly what he have today.
When you have real sex, there are real consequences. Lives and relationships change forever. Some people are euphoric. Other people not so much. But when you are in a state of perpetual “sex without consequences”, it’s the same, sterile results. Nothing changes for the better. In fact, it gets worse. So too it is with the Church of Perpetual Dialogue. Talk, talk, talk. Make nice. Try to see the good in the Devil himself, if you can. It’s just misunderstandings that dialogue can overcome! No declarations. No judgements. No consequences. And as a result, No change either. Just more talk.
When an intelligent young woman figures out that her boyfriend isn’t really interested in marriage, she dumps him. She does this, of course, because she’s interested in the long haul, not a short term fling where she is used and thrown overboard once the next best thing comes along. But today’s Church is like the foolish young woman who thinks that if she sticks around long enough, compromises and scandalizes herself, that everything will eventually turnout. In the end, we know how that sad spectacle turns out, don’t we?