Forgive me for beating my favoured drum but this needs repeating ad nauseam.
The church is currently split between those who imagine conforming the church to the ‘Spirit of the age’:
- brings greater credibility/relevance and leads to growth.
And those who believe conforming the church to the ‘Spirit of the age’:
- erodes credibility and authority and leads to decline and fracture.
The evidence is with the latter group. The power with the former.
For evidence consider the liberalisation of Anglicanism which has led to a such toxic climate that members of that communion no longer stand together- even at the altar! What was a united body has been reduced, by the modernist experiment, to an umbrella organisation for bitterly divided factions.
Should the Catholic church take the same road, and many of the current hierarchy seem to desire this, the result will be no different. Schism is the only possible endgame when current praxis and historic doctrine are brought into conflict.
SHARED PROCLAMATION OF TRUTH GUARANTEES UNITY- not touchy feely half truth designed to make faith palatable to the world. No matter how clever the sophistry provided to hold such compromise together. That is why liberal congregations are dying, losing vocations and closing parishes. But orthodox congregations experience growth where enabled to flourish.
Alas, many in ecclesial authority today are the instigators of the 60’s and 70’s modernist experiment. And having given their entire lives and ministry to said experiment, they are now too blind/ stubborn to concede its obvious failure. So they continue to marginalise/undermine authentic Catholicism- the expression of faith that works- and strain every sinew encouraging change that the magisterium does not allow- the expression of faith that always flounders.
That, in a nutshell, is the crisis of the church in our day.