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  1. Diane
    June 29, 2014

    So, what, exactly, are we supposed to do? Write to our bishops? I am asking sincerely. What specific actions do you recommend?

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  2. evagrius
    June 30, 2014

    Perhaps a response to Blondel’s L’Action written in the early 1900’s and influenced quite a few French theologians.

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  3. bernardbrandt
    June 30, 2014

    Any call to Catholic Action must begin with an understanding of the present situation: that the hierarchy of God’s Holy Church have largely abandoned their prophetic charism of teaching to the so-called academic world. Everything else follows from that failure to teach.

    Any Catholic restoration can only be accomplished when the Catholic faithful begin again to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, as that Spirit has spoken through Scripture, through Holy Tradition, and through the Magisterium of the Church. I fear that as the hierarchy of the Church at present are refusing to listen, any effective Catholic Action must therefore at least begin as a lay movement.

    While any such lay movement must begin with study (of Scripture, Tradition and Authority), it can not end there. The purpose of study is better to teach. The purpose of teaching is to call for informed action. And the fruit of such action is to call for a blessing upon such action. In short, the call to Catholic action is nothing less than a call for a fulfillment of the Priesthood of all Believers, in which they might fulfill their prophetic, priestly, and princely roles under the Kingship of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    If some clergy repent of their current failures and join this group, then there might be a true hierarchical and Catholic restoration. More likely, however, what would happen would be that new clergy would come out of the lay movement, and like most other genuine reform movements (e.g., Benedictine or Cluniac), those clergy will simply outlast the current clergy.

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