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April 22, 2005

The Fourth Option Is Anti-Modern

It speaks volumes about the rigidity of modern liberalism that Community College of Rhode Island sociology and philosophy professor David Carlin (whose political alignment I do not know) didn't bother to list the fourth option for liberal Catholics disappointed in Cardinal Ratzinger's transition to Pope Benedict:

These disillusioned liberals will follow one of three courses: Some will remain Catholic and be depressed by the whole situation; some will join a church that better suits their idea of what a church should be (e.g., the Episcopal Church); and some will drift away from institutionalized religion altogether, and instead practice their own private forms of Christianity.

That a learned man wouldn't even consider it a possibility that some "disillusioned liberals" would reassess their views to conform with the consistent teachings of the Church suggests that sociologists and liberals, as well as the Church, might want to consider ways to put that fourth option back on the list.

Posted by Justin Katz at April 22, 2005 6:24 AM
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On considerable consideration of:

suggests that sociologists and liberals, as well as the Church, might want to consider ways to put that fourth option back on the list

Just a couple of teensy observations... It's his list, I don't think the Church has much control of the options on it, and the fourth option seems to be the only option the Church has on its list.

Or maybe I misunderstood the gist of the thought.

Posted by: NotSamIAm at April 27, 2005 2:53 PM