In a recent column for First Things, neo-Catholic luminary George Weigel writes the following as part of his rhapsodic celebration of Vatican II‘s golden anniversary: “Moreover, in summoning the world Church to the Great Jubilee of 2000, John Paul II gave Catholicism the Pentecostal experience that John XXIII for which hoped, thus preparing the world Church to enter the third millennium with great missionary energy: to ‘put out into the deep,’ as John Paul II put it, of the New Evangelization. And that, finally, is Vatican II’s message to every Catholic. Vatican II did not displace the Church’s tradition. Vatican II did not create do-it-yourself-Catholicism. Vatican II, which accelerated the great historical evolution of Catholicism from a Church of institutional maintenance to a Church of evangelical mission in a genuine and Spirit-led development of self-understanding, taught Catholics that they enter mission territory every day.”
In other news, 50 percent of those American Catholic “missionaries” voted for the most anti-life, anti-family, pro-homosexual politician in history last week—even as new surveys by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Lifefound that the number of Americans who say they have no religion is at a high of 20 percent, while the number of former Catholics is so large that “ex-Catholics collectively include more people than many denominations.”
Catholic support for “gay marriage” also doesn’t seem to reflect Mr. Weigel’s acceleration of the “great historical evolution of Catholicism” Vatican II allegedly brought about. Nor, for that matter, does the staggering number of Catholics today who are divorced or simply not bothering to marry in the Church in the first place. There are an estimated 6 million divorced Catholics in the U.S. today, and this does not include annulments. In fact, the number of marriages celebrated in the Catholic Church has decreased by nearly 60 percent since 1972.