Clash of Generations?

If you’ve paid any attention to the Catholic Church over the past 50 years, you know that we are a diverse group of people that likes to swing the pendulum of society back and forth. Forget about the “culture wars” of politics, they’re right here in our Church.

Just like the rest of the world, I recognize two problems in our Church: 1) we are a reactionary people, preferring hot takes and quick decisions that favor shallow answers and false dichotomies, and 2) we are unable to conceive of a Church and world in which there might be more than one correct answer. Both of these things are on display when our people argue such things as liturgical norms, social justice, clerical attire, relationships with those outside the Church, and political involvement.

For a Church as rich in diverse traditions as us, this is troublesome.

In this video, my central thesis is this: the faith remains the same, but the way it is expressed and lived necessarily changes with generations. As we grow older, as we learn more, as the world changes around us, our approach to Christian living will inevitably grow with it.

3 Comments on “Clash of Generations?

  1. I had to learn Latin alterboy responses for the mass in the late 1950s and early 1960s. I was a D grade alterboy for not knowing my responses. Then it became clear when the priest faced the congregation and it was in a language understood. Many parishioners thought it was a down grade of the mass but as I became older the more the mass was understood and it started making sense. I no longer follow any organized religion but continue to strongly believe in our Source. Recently I have been perplexed in Jesus’s racial remarks in Matthew 15:21-28. Do you have any words of wisdom/clarification to make Jesus closer to his teachings instead of being like so many humans? Thank you.

  2. I’ve been thinking and feeling this in my heart for over 10 years now. You put a voice to my thoughts.

  3. Brother, I am not catholic but your ministry here keeps me going.

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