More Hitchcock on liberal Catholicism

The second installment of his examination of the Catholic left

The first installment of Dr. James Hitchcock’s two-part series “The Failure of Liberal Catholicism” (found in the May issue of CWR) has generated a lot of discussion, on this website and others.

The second installment (from our June issue) is now available on the CWR homepage. Argues Dr. Hitchcock:

As the history of modern Protestantism and Judaism shows, the principal achievement of liberal religion is to persuade people that they do not need religion at all. Liberal Catholicism has achieved its goal of undermining many traditional beliefs and practices, but it has thereby also undermined itself—issues like women’s ordination do not interest people who belong to the Church in the same way they might belong to a health club. A decreasing number of liberals even bother to call themselves Catholics, and in a sense the “best” liberal Catholics are those who have left the Church entirely.

But by no means all those who leave the Church do so because they consider its doctrines too rigid. On the contrary, an unknown number have joined fundamentalist Protestant groups, often complaining that their liberal priests offered them only a worldly version of the Gospel.

The whole article can be found here. The first part of the series can be read here.


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Catherine Harmon is managing editor of Catholic World Report.