Nothing new. They’re just following the progressive way in perverting terms such as social justice, open-minded, liberal, fair, truth, judge, discriminate, equal, tolerant, racist, fascist…(the list goes on and on). Isabella Moyer has written an article in defense of all Cafeteria Catholics which is purposefully quite inclusive, inclusive of all Catholics that is, so as to justify their rejection of certain moral truths and doctrine. As LarryD points out, Cafeteria Catholics seem to be unable to grasp the difference between “doctrinal and non-doctrinal issues.” Like accepting Church teaching, ya know? They throw all the issues into one pot and believe they have equal weight when they aren’t equal. Let’s take a look at what the Pope wrote in 2004:
“Not all … issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not … with regard to abortion and euthanasia.”
Does it really surprise you that Progressive Catholics don’t agree with the Holy Father? Without further ado I will leave you to LarryD’s excellent rebuttal of the “Everyone is a cafeteria Catholic” meme.
I’ve noticed a trend bubbling around the Catholic blogosphere, particularly in the more progressive, Catholyc publications. I’ve seen it in several places – nuanced and a bit covert. Until now. It’s this notion that we’re all cafeteria Catholics to one degree or another.
I reject that premise, totally and without compromise.
Here’s the most recent example, culled from that paragon of progressive prattle, the National Catholic Distorter, in a piece written by Isabella Moyer, on June 6, titled Catholics Need to Rethink Their Strategy:
First of all, let’s admit that we are all “cafeteria Catholics” to some degree. The groaning buffet table that is our universal church is too much for any of us to take in at once or to fully understand and accept with the same level of commitment and passion. We must stop judging each other by what we can fully accept with an open heart and what we continue to struggle to understand or believe.
I’m going to take this apart sentence by sentence, because there’s quite a bit wrong with nearly every word here, quite possibly including the words “and” and “the”.
First of all, let’s admit that we are all “cafeteria Catholics” to some degree.
No, I won’t admit that. CONTINUED