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Posted April 29, 2003
At first, I must admit, when I saw this book - as well as who recommended it (Mr. Donahue and Mr. Novak), I thought it was a typical 'let's paint all centrist and liberal Catholics as anti-Catholic' propaganda. However, once I actually read the book, I must admit that, for the most part, my first impressions were wrong. The author's overall view is one I affirm, however reluctantly. Indeed, I am no orthodox Catholic. I am - admitted - a pro woman's ordination, pro-married priests, pro-Vatican III Catholic who believes that change has its place and so does tradition. However, I am not a full fledged liberal Catholic who wishes his church to go the way of mainline protestant churches - especially with the moral decline therein and moral relativism. We do, indeed, need a long term moral vision that will guide us in troubled times. When it comes to individual morality, I give orthodoy great credit (however, no such credit is given when it comes to social morality and social justice). This book is valuable for it points to a fact few will affirm publicly: that modern liberalism has taken a decisively anti-orthodox stance Instead of acting with civility towards the church, many liberals - especially those writing in such leftist magazines as The Nation - take an adversarial stance towards Catholicism. Indeed, liberalism has become intolerant of those it deems intolerant. However, some qualifications are to be made. First, the author is correct that, had the tide turned and the church became a left leaning church (as it began to during Vatican II), the tide would turn in regards to which side of the ideological fence supports anti-Catholicism, with the right returning to old anti-papal and apocalyptic overtones. Second, old rightist anti-Catholicism, however dim, is still alive. Just look at Bob Jones University and the many fundamentalist pentecostal and Baptist organizations. Third, the author sometimes verges on confusing good faith centrist Catholics and liberal reform Catholics. Fourth is some more ammo for the author: the coming anti-Jewish anti-Semite tide in left liberalism in regards to leftist sympathies with Palestinian causes. However, the main idea of the author is tragically true.
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