The New Agenda

The New Agenda

The New Agenda

The New Agenda

Excerpt

American Catholicism is going through a period of emotional exhaustion. Powerful currents of excitement, hope, disappointment, anger. frustration, and bitterness have swept the Church. Now our energies are spent. We are weary of controversy, stridency, and the cycle of elation and discouragement so typical of the last several years. We are no longer capable of caring what the papacy or the national hierarchy or even our own bishops say or do. We are weary of reading and of writing, of bishops, of ex-priests, of new nuns, of revolutionaries, of noise, protest, threat, confrontation. We simply want to be left alone. We do our work and live our lives; we stay away from meetings and lectures; we skip news stories with headlines like "Pope Warns" or "Theologian Attacks . . ." We find ourselves wondering who cares what the pope or the theologians have to say about anything.

People used to ask, "When will it all end?" The right wing wondered when the revolutionary turbulence would end, and the left wing wondered when the old style of ecclesiastical organization and administration would end. On both sides we now know that the answer to the question is that it is not going to end, and we are going to have to live in a time of chaos and confusion for the rest of our lives. So we say to . . .

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