The Elite Magic Circle – UPDATED

Check out Michael Liccione’s latest on the falling of the Catholic Church from the magic circle of the elite.

Whatever the ideological coloration, if any, of a magic circle might be, just being part of a magic circle is usually bad for peoples’ souls. It constitutes a culture of privilege that insulates them from the worst criticisms, causes them to think themselves better than others, and makes them resistant to reforms, the need for which is obvious to many outsiders. That sort of problem fueled the Protestant Reformation centuries ago. In a sense, the Catholic hierarchy in Europe and the Americas has continued to be a magic circle for a long time. But is that about to end?

With occasional and egregious exceptions, the Church hierarchy has been part of the Establishment, thus enjoying a presumption of good will on the part of government, big business, and high society. Indeed the exceptions, such as in Mexico and Spain for the early part of the 20th century, can be seen largely as reactions against that status. But in an atmosphere of ever-encroaching secularism, the sex-abuse-and-coverup scandals are fast destroying the status and most of what goes with it. I believe that faithful Catholics should greet that development the way Lenin greeted the travails of Russia in World War I: “the worse, the better.”

You’ll want to read the whole thing. As usual, things that are truly awful may be the catalyst for humbling that leads to glory.

I keep telling you -

“Everything” is about nothing.
Everything ended with the sacrifice of the Lamb.
All is consummated.
We are forever and always at the Last Supper, at the Crucifixion, at the Resurrection.
Time ended with the tearing of the veil and the rolling back of the stone.
The rest is illusion and catching up.
There is nothing to be afraid of.

Also, really interesting: Are Evangelicals the New Mainline Protestants?

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  • archangel

    Catholic “acceptance” has ebbed and flowed throughout history. When the secular world chooses to turn away from the Church, it is always then the secular world chooses to attack Her. In relative recent times we have historically seen the Jacobins, persecution in Mexico at the turn of the last century, Hitler, communism in general… and even here in the U.S. though it tends to be more subtle.

    The Church is destined to be dealt with the Christ was dealt with… period. The Church will be rejected, scorned, and abused. It is the Body of Christ. Wounds and all. We are and ever will be a remnant of the over all world.

    [And people too easily forget that when Jesus handed her the keys to the kingdom, his saying "and the gates of hell shall not prevail..." was basically letting us know that this supernatural battle would live throughout the life of the church? -admin]

  • archangel

    Exactly. Its easy to be a Christian/Catholic when one is “protected” by the acceptance of the world. When the world turns on us, though, it becomes a little harder. I think this is a lesson that is about to be relearned. There’s a reason why we are referred to as the “Church MILITANT”. We’re on the frontlines of that supernatural battle and someone is shouting “INCOMING!!”.

  • Robb76

    Yes, archangel, Incoming Indeed. But so what.
    The battle was won on a hill in Jerusalem, lo those many years ago. Even so Lord Jesus, come quickly.

  • Western Chauvinist

    About a year ago, I bumped into our local bishop at a very expensive restaurant in town – the kind of place the hubby and I go to only on really big occasions (25th anniversary). He was accompanied by a few other priests and I remember being disturbed by seeing them there. It did not set the tone of “servant” at all. And our bishop is seen as pretty conservative. This article explains my discomfort very well. “Hubris… I’d like to introduce you to Nemesis.”

    [Yes, but this is where "benefit of a doubt" gets to come into play. I have a cousin who is a Capuchin--very devoted to poverty--but when my husband and I get to see him, we like to take him to the best restaurant in town and get a few vodka martinis in him, too boot, if he's inclined. Because he does not get that sort of thing very often, and it's all delightful gift to him. I'm sure that someone seeing him there might sniff and say "hmph, some friar he is!" but that in the end says a great deal more about their poverty than his.

    A bishop is a shepherd, but he's also a mid-management guy who has to sometimes take care of business at dinner. If he was meeting w/ priests to thank them for a job well done on a project or to map out a project, then --as with a business dinner-- a better restaurant, for a "working dinner" makes can't get much done at Appleby's with the tv's blaring. Our priests are servants, but they're human beings, too. They like a nice meal and a nice restaurant once in a while like anyone else. Also, and this is worth noting: Diocesan priests do not take a vow of poverty. They CAN own property. That matters, too -admin]

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