Dealing with Real Problems
Cardinal Ivan Dias, the highest representative of the Vatican attending the Lambeth Conference said a number of things which don't give me much confidence about Roman Catholic Church at this point.
He accused the Anglican church of "spiritual Alzheimer's". Not sure if that was Dias' way of showing ecumenical regard. His other comments struck me as well. Liberalism is a form of secularism, which is demonic, and which the church is in an epic battle against.
"This combat rages fiercely even today, aided and abetted by secret sects, satanic groups and New Age movements, to mention but a few, and reveals many ugly heads of the hideous antiGod monster:"
"Among them are notoriously secularism, which seeks to build a godless society; spiritual indifference, which is insensitive to transcendental values; and relativism, which is contrary to the permanent tenets of the gospel.” Dias was quoted as saying.
Is this really the view of the Vatican? It sounds more like the plot from the Da Vinci Code than a serious and careful judgment about the problems facing our current society. Secret societies? Satanic Groups? A bishop who says things like this cannot be taken seriously.
Nor should he be. The church needs to have some care in it's pronouncements. In a world which faces crushing poverty, wars, terrorism, global warming, and the denial of basic human rights and dignity, we need a church that can recognize and tackle real problems.
Otherwise it will be seen as fighting phantoms, something one does to escape reality or to protect it's privilege (in this case against gay and lesbians). Such a move might work but it can only do so by robbing the Gospel of it's efficacy in the world.