<<Thank you, Massimo Faggioli, for this article…the truth of it which must have been as painful for you to write as it is for us to read.
When you write, “There is the problem of political and cultural polarization within [the American] Church…you note “[this problem goes beyond the bishops and includes some American theologians, Catholic colleges and universities, and organized lay associations such as the Knights of Columbus.”
When you write this about the American Catholic Church, you come close to identifying by name the most influential arm of neo-conservatism embedded both financially and theologically in the WORLDWIDE Catholic Church from local parishes up through the Vatican. This prelature of the Roman Catholic Church claims to eschew political involvement, preaching/practicisng its revisionist pre-Vatican II theology. As you well know, they have been operating an aggressive recruiting campaign for young professionals, prospective seminarians and other college students since long before the America Magazine 1995 article about them http://www.americamagazine.org…
Couldn’t this bastion of revisionist neo-conservatism have something to do with American and other bishops’ relationships with Pope Francis? …with the relationship of American and other revisionist Catholics to the Roman Catholic Church and its present non-revisionist pope? …with the relationship of American Catholics toward their governments? Of course, you remember that this prelature is doing its faithful work in many other countries beside the USA.
It seems to me you are right about this: “a rather urgent and dramatic question for Catholics in this great country…deep at the heart of the future of the Church in the United States is the fundamental choice between being a Roman Catholic Church in America or being an Americanist Catholic Church.”
There should be a third choice here, no? Since Roman Catholicism, beginning with the U.S., is increasingly coming to be defined by this revisionist neo-conservative prelature of the Roman Catholic Church, shouldn’t U.S. and Catholics worldwide have the choice to be part of a non-revisionist Catholic Vatican II Rite or prelature in union with Rome? Google Rite Beyond Rome.>>
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Comment posted 11.14.2016 on official website of La Croix International: The Church in the Trump Era: Catholicism or Americanism? – La Croix International
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