Friday, July 30, 2010, First Things Blog, Elizabeth Scalia.
Anne Rice, whose book Called Out of Darkness was a beautifully-written spiritual confession, has decided that she loves Christ but not Christians.
She’s neither the first nor the last to feel that way. Sometimes I do, too. Sometimes I hate myself as a Christian, because I do the thing so badly. Christianity is easy to do badly. You take the dogma and leave out the love – you’re doing it wrong. You try to “correct” others and bring too much “righteousness” and not enough love – you’re doing it wrong. Apply too much love, without accountability – you’re doing it wrong, then, too.
We cheat Christ when we do it badly. We cheat Christ and each other when we teach Him badly. We cheat Christ and each other and the Church when we catechize poorly, or when we approach the Supernatural with superficiality; when we stop applying thought to it. Forty years of sloppy, empty elementary catechesis during concurrent social revolution and generational upheaval was a bad choice for the churches, who now reap what they have sown.
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