The Irish Independent reports that the majority of Catholics in Ireland want married priests and women priests. Why I don’t understand is why they don’t just nip along and become Anglicans. They will immediately have all their wishes fulfilled. There will be other benefits as well:
- They won’t be expected to attend Mass every week.
- They won’t be expected to be against contraception and abortion
- They can have gay marriage and lesbianism
- They can still be ‘Catholic’ (just not “Roman” Catholic)
If they want a church that conforms to the world, the Anglican Church is just the ticket. This is what is called “Erastianism”–in other words a state church–a church that goes along with society rather than challenging society. The best thing about being a Catholic today is that increasingly the Catholic Church is counter-cultural. It’s subersive. It’s making people mad. Powerful people.
And when this happens an amazing power is unleashed. Catholicism finds its voice.