I doubt that this journo-list ever accepted the teachings of the Church, so why does he talk about going back?
Don't let the exit door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.
Somehow, I think the Catholic Church can survive without you.
I can’t stand this guy. He’s such a windbag.
Did anyone read the actual article? He’s basically complaining that the Catholic churches he has attended preach nothing but “God is love” with no emphasis on sin and repentance. He said that the subject of one of the lenten homilies he heard was that “Lent is time in which we should love ourselves more”. Sounds to me like he has much to complain about.
I agree with Mr. Dreher. Many parishes have reduced Catholicism to feel-good drivel.
Too bad Mr. Dreher didn’t attend a Traditional Latin Mass parish. There, he would have found what he needs.
It’s not just catholicism.
For the most part, the church in this county is dead.
Little more than a social club that meets between one and three times a week.
The rest of the week, nobody stays in touch, nobody helps anybody in need. Oh, some of them might visit the prisons or soup kitchens, but, by and large, the church is dead.
There are a few pockets of genuine church life here and there, but they are far and few between.
I'm glad someone as important as you are was nice enough to announce this to all of us little people, so we wouldn't be ignorant of your epoch-making musings on theology.
Please keep us updated.
Gee Rod...that really tears me up but I’m sure I’ll get over it.
My mom does this. She’ll get mad at “the church” for this or that. She’ll say “I’m done.”
It’s always bothered me. What gives her the right to think any of it is about her? Being a Catholic is just as much a part of who I am as being Italian, or Polish, or American, or a girl. I was born that way, and I’ll die that way, regardless of what happens in the short time I am around.
I named my little guy after Pope John Paul, but I love Pope Francis, just I loved Pope Benedict. I wish people would be a little less judgemental and just see him for the simple and loving man he is.
Sigh. The male Peggy Noonan, bless his earnest heart.
....There is, of course, no such thing as the perfect church, but in Orthodoxy, which radically resists the moralistic therapeutic deism that characterizes so much American Christianity, I found a soul-healing balance. In my Russian Orthodox country mission parish this past Sunday, the priest preached about love, joy, repentance, and forgiveness in all its dimensions.
Rod Dreher ping for later
The author’s experience is not unique, people attend a church looking for they know not what, only that they don’t find what they seek. They don’t know how to recognize their hoped for destination, Christ’s church, so how can they know what to look for?
When I want a cafeteria I drive to the nearest Luby’s.
The church is to preach the gospel of course, but one of its primary roles is to hold members accountable, encouraging them to move closer every day to sanctification.
Give the article a read before you dump on Dreher.
His example of the tolerance of homosexual pedophiles in the priesthood, rather than condemnation and punishment, has a parallel in the bishops’ push for amnesty.
These bishops rant on with “God is love” drivel about illegals. When did you ever hear these bishops condemn the illegals’ violations of the legitimate and just laws on immigration? When did you hear these bishops condemn the illegals’ theft of other innocents’ identities and jobs? Those are “sins”, and the bishops should be condemning them.
No, it’s just “God is love” drivel about illegal immigrants being children of God. No, your Excellencies, they are invaders and criminals, violating the laws and homes and possessions of innocent people. Wait till a million illegal muslims take squatters’ possession of the Vatican and tell me about God is love to them.
As for myself, I consider myself to be a “faithful” Catholic which means I follow the traditional Christian precepts and the church Magisterium.
Re: Pope Francis: Almost weekly I look at the internet for news of the day and I read something or other that Pope Francis has said that literally knocks me off of my comfort zone. Then I read what PF actually said in its entirety, and I realize that: 1)he is not stating anything more than what is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and 2) if he is making me a bit uncomfortable, then maybe I need to reorganize my beliefs a bit. Maybe I am too proud, or too aloof from the poor, or not penitent and humble enough. So, I think Pope Francis is doing OK, so far.
All good Christians need to be humble and generous at heart. The Sermon on the Mount comes to mind about the “poor in spirit”.
God has also admonished us to fear Him.