Thought for the Day: Could the Growing Worldwide Backlash Against Elites Extend into the Church? UPDATED November 10, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, different religion, episcopate, Francis, General Catholic, Restoration, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition.
I’m out of time, but a quick thought – could what seems to be a growing worldwide rejection of the transnational global elites extend into the Church? There is of course evidence of a steadily increasing opposition to Francis’ attempt at radically changing the Church, and political parallels often do not apply to the Church, but could this general repudiation of elite authority on many levels have portents for the Church, just as the coalescing of conservative opposition to decades of liberal rule in England, the US, and the Vatican hastened the end of the Cold War and a Church which backed away from the excesses of the 60s and 70s, if there was not, unfortunately, a serious effort to roll them back? That this opposition was much less effective in reality than it may have appeared at the time, both politically and ecclesiastically, is important to note: while there were significant achievements in this period of the late 70s – early 00s, the conservative reaction both in politics and the Church in many ways continued to accept the liberal paradigms and institutionalize them.
Could this time be different? Could this be the start of a genuine reaction/restoration movement?
Sorry I can’t flesh this out more, discuss, if you feel so moved.
UPDATE: A little data that maybe lends some weight to my hypothesis? Catholics voted for the less morally offensive candidate for the first time since 1988:
A national exit poll is showing President-elect Donald Trump won the Catholic vote Tuesday, 52 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 45 percent.
The poll, published by CNN, shows 23 percent of Americans who voted this election season identified themselves as Catholic, while 27 percent said they were Protestant, 24 percent “Other Christian,” 15 percent “No Religion,” and three percent “Jewish.” Of the Catholics who voted, 52 percent voted for Trump and 45 percent voted for Clinton.
In April of 2015, Clinton criticized the beliefs of traditional faith groups, asserting that these beliefs would have to be “changed” to accommodate abortion.
“Far too many women are still denied access to reproductive health care… deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed,” she said.
In 2008, Catholics made up 27% of the voting electorate. That might be the more important factor than who they voted for: are Catholics becoming more faithful as a great number continue to fall away at a quickening pace (a pace likely accelerated by Francis’ shredding of Doctrine in all practical senses?).
Just a bit more grist for the mill. It is not insignificant both that Catholics have voted for the less moral candidate every chance they’ve had for nearly 30 years, and that THIS is the man they would choose to get behind, who pushed social conservative issues to the back burner for the most part. So perhaps this isn’t as hopeful as I thought. Then again, evangelicals gave more support to Trump than they did to Romney, McCain, or Bush. I think in this election, a desire to stop illegal immigration and send a clear rebuke to the self-proclaimed ruling class dominated all other considerations.