Peter Montgomery wrote:
> Nor will you find any such negative teaching in the Catholic Church.
You will find all sorts of things in the Catholic Church, and it is
absurd to say otherwise. You have millions of Catholics who are only
nominal. They got to Mass twice a year, count themselves as believers,
and don't let it interfere with either their religion or their morals.
You have millions who exactly fit the pattern Diana describes. Both of
these groups include large numbers of clergy as well as laypersons. You
have many whose theological understanding is extremely sophisticated,
and a majority but NOT all of these fit your formula, but a minority
even of these sophisticates are heavily invested in negative teaching.
You have RC members whose thinking can't be distinguished from that of
the most benighted fundy bible-thumper and you have members who are more
atheistic than Diderot. You have those committed in both thought and
practice to libertarian theology and those berserkers who adhere to opus
dei. There used to be a wonderful priest (Father Joe Kelley, may his
tribe increase) at the Newman Center on the ISU campus. The fucking
bishop in Peoria (an opus-dei member) exiled him to a hole-in-the-wall
in western illinois (and even there he increased the size of the
congregation before dying of lung cance). He has been followed by two
priests who probably do belong in a mental hospital. And then you have
RC members whose thought cannot rise beyond the level of one-line
insulting zingers without content on e-mail lists.