Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Liberal Catholicism

As Cardinal George noted in a 1999 piece for a Commonweal colloquium: "We are at a turning point in the life of the church in this century. Liberal Catholicism is an exhausted project. Essentially a critique, even a necessary critique at one point in our history, it is now parasitical on a substance that no longer exists. It has shown itself unable to pass on the faith in its integrity and is inadequate, therefore, in fostering the joyful self-surrender called for in Christian marriage, in consecrated life, in ordained priesthood." (George would later apologize for his use of the term "parasitical".)

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