A conservative Catholic says the church should acknowledge the schism that divides it
One of the more interesting aspects of THIS PROVOCATIVE COLUMN by Mark Judge, a part-time teacher at Georgetown University, is the counteintuitive way in which he labels the left and right wings of the Catholic Church:
It’s time for the Catholic Church to restructure and rename itself. It’s the only way to acknowledge the schism that has taken place over the last 40 years and is now reaching a crisis point.
Taking a cue from Judaism, the Church should now be divided into Orthodox and Reform camps. The liberals would be known as Orthodox Catholics. Conservatives would be Reform Catholics.
Forty years after Vatican II, the liberal philosophy of 1960s Catholicism has become a hardened orthodoxy. Liberal Catholics are as doctrinaire and dogmatic as the most reactionary medieval pope…
Conservative Catholics, on the other hand, are the real reformers.
Georgetown University…like the Catholic Church in America, is divided. This does not mean that there is acrimony on campus; in fact, all I’ve seen is the opposite. It is a community where people like each other and the work they are doing, and where you can see a Reform (i.e. conservative) Catholic like Fr. James Schall next to Fr. Thomas Reese, an Orthodox (i.e. liberal) Jesuit who criticized Paul Ryan’s budget on CNN the day Ryan spoke at the university.
Simply calling the different philosophies by their right names would only increase understanding of what the problem is. It would leave us free to stop expecting the other side to change.