I'd like to continue today with the second part of this feature on Call To Action's demands
and why they don't and won't work. On Monday we saw where they call upon the spirit of Vatican II
to rationalize the changes they propose, but only the "spirit" not the Spirit as in Holy Spirit. Today
I continue with this vein as I offer more feeble arguments from this group of liberal upstarts who have
proven they are a minute minority who adhere to the principal that the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
One of Call To Action's gripes comes in the area of dialogue, where they, because they are not in union with the Church thinking, want to change the Church to suit them.
" We see theologians silenced, constructive opposition condemned, loyalty
oaths imposed and blind obedience demanded.
We call for open dialogue, academic freedom, and due process"
Here we see that Call To Action would have supported Arianism, Pelagianism,
and other heresies which rocked the Church. Constructive opposition is a
euphemism for doing as they say. The loyalty oath (given once before) is
nothing more than the Creed and Act of Faith which, supposedly, they say
every Sunday, and affirm with the renewal of their baptismal vows. In short,
error should be protected and given as a truth. Again, Cardinal Law pointed
out that: "Dialogue as a way to mediate between the truth and dissent is
But deception is what Call To Action is essentially all
" We see groups marginalized in our church because of race and ethnic
identity. We call for church leadership to speed up the enculturation of diverse
peoples through new forms of liturgy, language and leadership drawn from the
native culture of people."
We have to understand that does not consider race and/or ethnic identity as
a 'qualifier'. The black Catholic is no different than the white, the
European from the Asian. We are One Church, One People. It is probable that
St. Augustine was black, but you will never know that, because his race
doesn't matter to the Church. His soul and teachings do. And culture is
considered in the liturgy in various places. Religious dance is accepted,
for example, in various African nations because dance was part of their
religious expression. However, it was never a part of Western religious
Call To Action also demand a change in the ecclesiastical ranks.
" We see many Catholics deprived of the church's sacramental life because of
the declining number of priests. In particular, we see Catholics denied
regular access to the Eucharist, the center of our worship and spiritual
life. We call upon the church to discard the medieval discipline of mandatory
priestly celibacy, and to open the priesthood to women and married men,
including resigned priest, so that the Eucharist may continue to be the
center of the spirtual life of all Catholics."
Now here is a good one. Everyone, even the Vatican, is concerned with the
decrease in religious vocations, particularly the priesthood. (Though there
is evidence that this trend is reversing) Without going into the obvious
arguments that priestly celibacy is a discipline which may be changed (though
they like to lump it together) whereas the ordination of women is closed, it
is interesting to note that one reason for this lack of vocations may very
well be caused by those who follow Call To Action's agenda. Depriving serious
and qualified candidates from entering a seminary if they are deemed "too
orthodox". ("Crisis in vocations?" Bishop Curtis of Omaha, Our Sunday
Visitor, Oct. 8, 1995)
We also know from the conferences among themselves, that the continuation
of the priesthood is the last thing they want. Firstly, why would they be
obedient to any bishop then if they aren't now? Secondly, they prefer
"community based facilitators", not priests.
" We see women experiencing oppression, violence and inequality. Yet Vatican
II's Church in the Modern World expresses respect for the fundamental rights
of every person, and asserts that 'every type of discrimination is to be
overcome and eradicated as contrary to God's intent.'
We call upon Church officials to incorporate women at all levels of ministry
and decision making."
Here we see the fairness card being played. First, we're asked to believe
that the Church is anti-women; a patriarchal monolith working feverishly to
keep women poor, ignorant, and under foot. It matters little to them that
while the rest of the world had Queens as political footballs, window
dressing, and king-making machines, the Church had them founding Orders,
running Abbey's, Orders, giving theological teachings, etc. Many were even
held up for ALL mankind as examples of Christian faith and courage. Hardly
the actions of a Church which is anti-woman. In fact, the Church HAS
incorporated women in all levels of ministry. This is both a blessing and
curse. The Vatican's representative to the Beijing Conference was a woman
(though tainted by Catholicism). However, Call To Action have their own
representatives established in Diocese's, spreading the gospel of dissent
through the Diocese, Religious Education, Liturgists, etc.
" Twenty-five years ago Vatican II clarified the mission of The Church in the
Modern World to be a sign of God's saving work and a servant to the entire
human community. The world is wracked by terrible problems-ecological perils,
poverty and injustice, conflict and violence. To be a clearer sign and a
better servant to God's global family, our church must reform its own
structures. We call on all people within our church, in the spirit of
co-discipleship and co- responsbility, to use their imagination and
creativity. For the world's sake, let us make the church more faithful to its
Note here, no mention of people changing their hearts. No mention of
following Christ, only that the Church has to change to suit the world, or
their definition of the world. Their call for "co-discipleship" and
"co-responsibility" is a sham. Their recent "We Are Church" Referendum
garnered less than .02% of "American" Catholics. So this .02% of "American"
Catholics "demands" the Church change to suit them. However, their document
IS an example imagination and creativity, otherwise known as rationalization
and justification. For the world's sake, we cannot follow this 'Call To
Apostasy,' but rather must heed the true call of Gaudium et Spes, that is, to
bring the true message of Christ to a cold, dark, world ensnared in the
culture of death. Not to change that message to make it more 'palatable' for
those who "refuse to serve." As a Vatican spokesman said: "Schism is
terrible, but better schism than heresy."