Plenty of studies have shown that the Catholic Church has lost membership because of its policies toward women, its misogynistic hierarchy and its almost total irrelevance to the ideas, issues and intelligence of the 21st Century.
Mr. Anderson is a zealot who cares nothing for the essential teachings of Christianity (upon which Catholicism is based, not the other way around) which are love, forgiveness, tolerance, generosity and humility. Mr. Anderson’s version embraces repression, contempt, intolerance, oppression, and a rigid allegiance to a fascist authority structure. Jesus NEVER taught any of those ideas. That junk is the creation of men who exploited the power and influence of the Church for personal enrichment. Even the most cursory examination of the behavior of the institution down through history – the Holy Roman Empire, the greedy, genocidal exploitation of the Southern Hemisphere, and its absurd subjugation of women – is more than enough evidence to condemn it.
The “Church” Mr. Anderson believes in is the decomposing corpus of this corrupt enterprise. If folks have left the faith it is because of Rome’s commitment to keeping its wealth, power and influence. As Mr. Anderson’s essay makes so evident – by its failure to even mention Jesus - the “Church” is about blind obedience to its man-made rules for the advancement of men not the values of Christ.
A final point: Faith, by definition, is the belief in something that cannot be proven. To make the claim that faith is compatible with any concept of “objective truth” is illogical and absurd. If one makes one’s faith factual then it is no longer faith but fact . . . and you’d better be prepared to prove it.
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Quote of the Day – July 24, 2012
What It Means to Be Catholic
Authentic Catholicism: The Antidote to Clericalism
Daniel Maguire on the Progressive Core of Catholicism
Our Progressive Catholic Youth
"I Love the Radical Catholic Church"
Mary Hunt: "Catholicism is a Very Complex Reality"