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Friday, April 19, 2013

Catholicism: Upside Down and Backwards

To many non-Catholics the idea that Catholicism is an upside-down backward semblance of reality (as they believe it ought to be: is not far-fetched at all. The Church, rather than simply moving in unison with other
christian denominations, has not “changed with the times.” While some aspect of Catholicism have changed, the recent re-wording of Mass for example, changes to actual doctrine is rare. Even the aforementioned re-wording of mass is only the third such instance of this in the lengthy history of the Church. When the Council of Trent was called in 1545, in response to the protestant reformation, the Church did not soften it's position on subjects that were considered difficult or prohibitive. They reaffirmed them. This was counter to everything that was sweeping the world of Christianity at the time! Ashley McGuire, of The Washington Post, had this to say on the idea of change and the backwardness of the Church:
“Our call to live counter-culturally is as old as the church itself. We believe in a God who lived among us, died for us, and showed us the way to live lives of courage and conviction--whatever our culture. Catholics are called, yes, to engage with the society around them, but not to adapt ourselves to the popular sentiments of our time. Instead, Catholics are called to live in radical service to our God. This includes loving our neighbor as ourselves. This also includes letting go of pleasure as the path to happiness (spoiler: it’s not). There’s nothing modern --or moderate --about that (McGuire).”
In a more metaphorical sense, Catholicism is upside-down in that it acknowledges the fact that our world is just that. It is “upside-down.” That is to say, that the world is upended, dangling, and dependent on the Triune God. Our semblance of normalcy is fragile and wholly contingent on the love of God the Creator. “He who has seen the whole world hanging on a hair of the mercy of God has seen the Truth


McGuire, Ashley. "The Catholic Church Can't Change." Washington Post [Washington, D.C.]      13 February 2013, n. pag. Web. 14 Mar. 2013.    <>

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