Operative RA writes in from the HQ of the so-called America's Team in the NFL:Good point. Liberals do have an issue when faced with truths.
On your "two thoughts" post, you wonder "why do these liberals care" about whether the Church changes its belief, and suggest that it is the usual liberal wailing and gnashing of teeth.
It is certainly that. But I wonder whether it might not also be more than that. As I read somewhere else some time ago (don't remember where -- wish I did), nobody cares what unicorn worshipers believe because there is no truth in it. So maybe liberals care about what the Church believes because deep-down they acknowledge and accept that it is a reflection of Objective Truth. Of course, they wouldn't directly admit as much, and may not even consciously realize it. The problem, of course, is that they see that Objective Truth doesn't square with their personal wishes, so they want Objective Truth to "become more open to some of the secular changes around us", i.e., to change so as to conform with the liberals' wish list.
But once they see that the Church isn't going to play along, then the liberals must try to destroy it, or at least its influence. It's no fun to be forced to acknowledge that Truth exists but is different from what we want it to be.
The ever faithful (you'll get the pun in a minute) MBernadetteE writes in with the following:
Excellent post. Timely, what with it being Lent and some coming back to the Church n'at. (Yay! Stick around for a while, won'tcha, folks?)
First comment: I don't know what generation I am. But I'm a 20-something, so I'm in whatever generation that is. A few trends I've noticed, of late, among my own Catholic peers. (N.B.: "Catholic peers" here should be read as "Mass-going, faithful, Catholics who may have issues of some sort with the Church but press on in faith.")
We want Truth and authenticity. The number of youngish people I know who will switch parishes if they notice liturgical abuses (protip: no ad-libbing the Eucharistic prayer, kthx) or have otherwise less-than-optimal experiences (see also: priests/religious/lay people who make comments that directly contradict Church teaching) is quite large. We're not gonna stick around if it's anything less than the best. Perhaps the parishes in which less young people are spotted are those not known for their orthodoxy? Just a theory.
Example. You touched on this. But children who grow up in a house where it's optional to go to Mass on Sunday, or where it's one of those things you can just skip if you need to, most likely don't see the point in going once they're out of the house. I didn't have this experience. We were those people who went to a random Catholic church in a random town while traveling, because you don't skip. Nonetheless, the point stands. Along with this? A lack of understanding of obligation. I don't even want to know what the results of a poll would be if the question was, "Is intentionally not going to Mass on a given Sunday a sin?". On a personal note, I wouldn't dare go "meh, Sunday, I'll just skip this weekend" knowing full well that I'd then have to get my ass to confession before getting it to Mass just so I could receive the Eucharist.
I can't speak personally to this one... but I think a number of youngish people, who might go to Mass regularly as single folk or as married folk, fall off the train when kids come into the picture. Yes, it becomes difficult, I would imagine. No condemnation from childless me, but as you pointed out, there are ways to work around this. It requires making it a priority in life. See also: point two, obligation.
This one's possibly off the rails, but... a lack of support. I can say that it's sometimes tough being a young, single person going to Mass each Sunday, alone, in a church full of mostly older people and/or families. (Thought bubble: does anyone care if I'm here?) That said, I do it anyway. (see also: obligation; priorities). But for others, who don't have the personal push saying Get Yo Ass to Mass [GorT would insert a "Get Your Ass to Mars joke here, but you've already read that last part with an Arnold voice so we'll move past it], or don't have family members saying "hey! how was Mass this week?" or have anyone holding them accountable, it could be tough. Maybe.
A final comment: there's a maturity thing that happens at some point where it goes from being "going to Mass is about me" to "I go to Mass because God expects me to be there, and it's good for me, but it's good for others as well, because the Church is the body of Christ and we work together". Until that realization happens, I think a number of people seek out other opportunities that they can "get more out of". That might be non-denom type services, that might be staying at home and not needing Church to be a good person, etc. That's officially just a theory, but.... isn't it all theory?
I'm glad that she weighed in - I know that she's busy with her next instructional video - but content like this is why you tune into our site.
And finally, Lieutant Dan (actually, LTC Dan) fired off the following before continuing to defend this great nation:
I am a gov't contractor. My DA civilian counterparts will try to do 5 days' work in 4 days, if furloughs happen.
Many gov't civilians work check to check. A couple things that are not obvious: 10 days not working (and not paying insurance premiums), and the insurance company will take via deduction the arrears as soon as furloughs end. So, 20% pay cut, then big chunk out.
Suppose a GS-7 misses a bill, then one or two more... Then it's time to be reinvestigated for a clearance. I have seen many more folks lose a clearance for credit trouble than anything else. Poof! Job lost.
Will the O make it as painful as possible?
Well, "sir" or "sire" isn't required but thanks for the salutation nonetheless. This is exactly my point. The issue is NOT whether or not sequestration takes place it is how this will get implemented. The government (at the working level, if you'll allow me that gross description) cannot make surgical cuts to what many (including LTC Dan (I believe) and myself would agree is waste or fraud and should be cut. Instead, we get odd proouncements that entire departments are to implement plans such as our esteemed minion highlights. Sigh. Thanks to all writing in - keep it coming!!