Over at The Cardinal Newman Society, Matt Archbold has reported about the Notre Dame professor of law and theology, Cathleen Kaveny, who believes that "most progressive Catholics" are of the opinion that they will "eventually win the day."
On that point, The Motley Monk thinks Professor Kaveny is 100% correct. Most progressive Catholics do hold that opinion. And, progressive Catholics will win the day...meaning "today."
As long as progressive Catholics control U.S, Catholic higher education, they will indoctrinate students in accord with their progressive belief system, one that is rooted, in general, in the prevailing Zeitgeist of the day which, of course, means possessing that certain "withitness" meaning "being with the times"--and "winning the day."
What most progressive Catholics oppose in any form of what they label as "anti-modern." For them, the current age--the "modern" world--is the apex of history. Their intellectual prognostications are more advanced and sophisticated than those of intellectuals in any previous era. Why ever would anyone study patristic, historical, or systematic theology, for example, except for the purpose of demonstrating how time-bound any insights formulated way back then were? Or, even better yet, to justify how those whose assertions that were deemed "not in conformity with Church teaching" eventually "won the day"?
Yes, progressive Catholics will "win the day." Today.
But like all things in this world, their day will also pass. If history provides any guide, their so-called "progress" will appear miniscule to future generations of intellectuals. Or, perhaps their progeny will vilify this generation's progressive Catholics as regressive, in the same way that most progressive Catholics have vilified their forebears who made this day possible.
What worries The Motley Monk is that, while doing so, progressive Catholics will have destroyed U.S. Catholic higher education, leaving in their wake a number of wonderful private colleges that they successfully remade in the image and likeness not of Christ and his Church but of the Zeitgeist of their day.
Let the discussion begin...
To read Matt Archbold's article at The Cardinal Newman Society, click on the following link: