January 26, 2007

Catholic Spirit Part 3

A fine example of the fact that I always feel the need to "clear the air"...

The Catholic Spirit goes out of its way in every issue to not offend as many people as possible. The notable exception is their pro-life stance. I think that's why I'm disappointed with them in the Sen. Torres Ray profile. The Catholic Spirit's pro-life stance is, frankly, one of the few Catholic issues that they are typically very strong on a consistent basis.

Since I became a revert, I have come to realize that to live truly Catholic is NOT a popularity contest. You are inevitably going to OFFEND someone. Catholicism is NOT the dominent paradigm.

Jesus, Himself, said his teachings would be difficult. He witnessed groups who turned away and murmured amongst themselves. Jesus was not popular with everyone during His earthly life. The teachings of the Church that He instituted are still unpopular.

If the publishing arm of His Church is not going to bravely witness for Him-who will?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe I'm missing something, but I'm not seeing how the CS is promoting things that go against Catholic teaching, if that is what you're saying. What do you mean? I'm very pro-life and very Catholic in my views, but I just don't see what you're seeing.

January 26, 2007 10:26 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

anonymous: I don't know how long you have been subscribing to the CS. I've been subscribing for at least 5 years and reading it slightly longer then that.

On some issues they are o.k. Though, I feel like they don't make an effort at correcting people who are obviously wrong.

On other occasions they have printed columns and editorials that are blatently un-Catholic. For instance, they have had columns by people that feel God should be addressed as "she". They've had columns stating "it's too bad women are not ordained in the Church"

When's the last time you read an article in the CS talking about worthiness to receive Communion and what that means?

Or, how sexual relations outside of marriage is wrong?

Or, how priests making up their own liturgy is a violation of the GIRM? (there are a lot of priests in this Archdiocese doing just that)

Or how claiming "primacy of conscience" does NOT mean you can just ignore church teaching and still call yourself a Catholic.

What I'm really saying is that sometimes by their "silence" they are promoting it. The paper is supposed to be the "voice" of our Archdiocese. I think with that comes a responsibility to speak clearly and decisively and loudly.

As Catholics we are SO much in need of appropriate teaching of our faith and I feel that the paper could go a long way to fulfilling that need.

Thank you for your comment and your pro-life witness!

January 26, 2007 1:28 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

The Catholic Spirit is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of St Paul - Minneapolis and Archbishop Harry Flynn is its publisher.

Abp. Flynn is our Shepherd and it is his responsibility to teach the faith to us. When items appear in the Spirit that the reader once though were pretty obviously against the teaching of the Church's Magisterium, that sends a strong message that the Church no longer thinks that way.

But it is the Spirit that is wrong and is teaching disobedience and even heresy at times when it prints items in error without comment.

January 26, 2007 1:53 PM  
Blogger Joyful Catholics said...

Amen! Jesus did not promise a walk in and without struggle. The Garden of Gehtsemane was not a "tip-toe through the tulips." If Jesus was hated, and he was, then we will be hated, too. There's no way around the bloody path of Calvary. Either we take up our crosses and follow him, or we aren't worthy to profess that we are following him. Those he called, "left their nets" and were forever "marked me." We're Catholics and we're "marked" as targets. I'm only so grateful for Holy Mother Church and her magisterium and her blessed authority to guide and protect me on this "trail of tears." It's hard at times to be hated, but in the end, won't it be worth it all when we gaze into the EYES OF LOVE HIMSELF and see our reflection smiling back at us. We are the "apples of His eye" and we won't be left unaided when we all upon Our Lady, Mother Mary, to help us travel this rocky, steep road.

Thanks for your great blog. I absolutely love your revert zeal!

Visit us sometime and "fight the good fight" with JOY.


January 27, 2007 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been reading The Catholic Spirit about as long as you have and I even know people who work at the paper. I can assure you they wouldn't be working there if the paper was anything but Catholic. My question to you is, if you wanted Chinese food, would you go to a Mexican restaurant? If I want catechesis, I go to the catechism or the Bible. If I want news about what is going on in the Church, I go to a newspaper, which is what the CS is. With all respect, I think your expecations for the CS are a bit off.

January 28, 2007 10:40 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

anonymous: It is a lamentable fact that many people call themselves Catholic but don't live the Faith. The CS has many stories of these "Catholics" in its pages as well as actual Catholics. However, I expect reminders, in no uncertain terms, that these CINO's are NOT in compliance with the Faith and here is why.

Many Catholics don't bother reading a Cathechism or the Bible but they will subscribe to the CS. Some of them because they KNOW they won't get anything but news. I know people like this. They don't want reminders.

We need as many ways to reach the CINO as possible. The paper is one. Unfortunately, many of our priests don't teach from the pulpit anymore.

January 28, 2007 4:02 PM  

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