…The bishops and the minority of Catholics who support their full authority have tried to marginalize Catholics who do not accept the bishops as absolute arbiters of doctrine. They speak of “cafeteria Catholics” or merely “cultural Catholics,” and imply that the only “real Catholics” are those who accept their teachings entirely. But this marginalization begs the question I’m raising about the proper source of the judgment that the bishops have divine authority. Since, as I’ve argued, members of the church are themselves this source, it is not for the bishops but for the faithful to decide the nature and extent of episcopal authority. The bishops truly are, as they so often say, “servants of the servants of the Lord.”… (Source)
The problem today, as expressed in this muddled piece by a philosophy professor at Notre Dame University, is that many people – Catholics and non-Catholics alike – don’t know what it is to be Catholic, at least by any historical standard. And they don’t know it because they were never taught it. They weren’t taught it because the Bishops were doing “social justice”, and didn’t have time to teach the basics of the Faith.
That’s why I hope that many of you will be coming to see Michael Voris here in Ottawa on May 24. It’s going to be about boundaries and re-establishing them in the Catholic Faith. Boundaries mean definition. And definition means clarity. And clarity means purpose.