THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The party is over. The cafeteria is closed. Everyone out of the pool. Pope Benedict XVI sent a plain and clear message to Catholic Americans during his visit to the United States. When it comes to the horrible sex-abuse scandal that rocked the American Church bank in 2003, the old conservative pope gets it, and the liberal American bishops don't....
(Time) - He may not have been thinking about it at the time, but Pope Benedict, in the course of his recent U.S. visit may have dealt a knockout blow to the liberal American Catholicism that has challenged Rome since the early 1960s. He did so by speaking frankly and forcefully of his "deep shame" during his meeting with victims of the Church's sex-abuse scandal. By demonstrating that he "gets" this most visceral of issues, the pontiff may have successfully mollified a good many alienated believers — and in the process, neutralized the last great rallying point for what was once a feisty and optimistic style of progressivism....LIBERAL CATHOLICISM IS DEAD!!! It died in the sex-abuse scandal of 2003, and was burred by Pope Benedict XVI upon his visit to the United States in 2008. The "new" and "progressive" ways of the 1970s are finished. We've seen the fruit they produce...
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- Young Catholics totally ignorant of their faith, who crave emotional excitement in worship rather then learning how to enter into a solemn and reverent relationship with the Lord.
- Older Catholics who pick and choose what part of the faith to practice, while ignoring that which is inconvenient (Cafeteria Catholics).
- Catholic politicians who think it's okay to receive communion after using their power to procure the abortion of unborn children.
- A crisis in vocations, to the point where importing more conservative priests and religious from other countries is the only way to keep the system afloat here in the United States.
- A sex-abuse and cover-up scandal that words cannot account for.
Now it is time to rebuild, from the ground up, using the guidance of the Holy Father, and the conservative model he has provided in doctrine, morality and liturgy. The vast majority of liberal clergy may not realize it yet, but their glory days are now officially over.