Last night, my husband and I watched a past episode of Glenn Beck's television show. He happened to have David Horowitz on as a guest and David said something that struck me as so profound, that I paused it and turned to my husband and said, "That is amazing. That is exactly what is going on."
Glenn was talking to Horowitz about the definition of "progressive." David summed up the difference between those who are conservative versus those who are progressive by saying (in so many words) this: "Here's how it works: the conservative looks back in history and uses it to define his future. The progressive doesn't study history but only looks at the future, trying to create a Utopian vision of what they want to see."
I suddenly saw clearly how this has affected the Catholic Church and why it enrages progressives. For forty years, progressives have been trying to "remake" the Church the way they think it should be. Forget the fact that the Catholic Church has stood for over two millennium. Forget that the Catholic Church has nurtured families for centuries in their faith. Forget all of the children in the world who have been loved, the sick tended to, and the poor fed; because of faithful Catholics. No. To the progressive, it doesn't matter.
All that matters to the progressive is that the Catholic Church bend to their will and bend to society, whatever that means for the moment. But not only that, the progressives want to change the Catholic Church into their Utopian vision for the future, which means more control for them. I honestly think that if the Vatican was dismantled, they would think it a good thing. These are religious anarchists. They cannot see the value of laws, much less the value of tradition. They are deconstructionists of the highest order, convinced that tearing down that which has held Catholicism together for so many years, would somehow "release" it to become something better.
I'm now formulating some thought on why the Catholic Church appeals to adults. (As opposed to adults who are still trying to act like they're in their twenties.) It also explains to me why many faithful Catholics love and have an appreciation for history. There is so much that it explains regarding why progressives cannot stand history and are always trying to rewrite it.
Just some thoughts for the day. I may add to this post later.