Kung’s book, CAN WE SAVE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH? WE CAN SAVE THE CHURCH has a grand historical view of the Church, particularly in terms of world paradigm shifts and the Church’s response to them over the past 2,000 years.

I prefer the German title of Kung’s book: CAN THE CHURCH BE SAVED?  The Church was saved in other paradigm crises by the formation of alternative Catholic Rites, including Protestantism which, Kung writes, has not yet been recognized by the Roman System as part of the larger family of Catholicism.

Given both that the cardinalate and bishoprics are stacked in favor of of ultra conservatives and the strong influence of Opus Dei and others of their Roman Catholic persuasion, wouldn’t it make sense to work on a non-Roman Western Catholic Rite, an upgraded system of Catholicism with transvalued doctrines, canons, and ritual?   A rite named “Western” so that other cultures might be encouraged to form their own rites as well. This, indeed, may be the only way the Catholic Church will be saved for future generations in countries with non-Roman cultures.

Although we have been taught to the contrary, the Roman Catholic Rite does not OWN Catholicism, as the Greek and Eastern Rite Catholics have known for many centuries!

 

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