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We’re adults; you’re kids. We’re smart; you’re dumb, so SHUT UP

They really are just obsessed with this whole “New Adult Faith” thing they’ve got going.

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A Cool Cardinal

Blase Cupich wants Catholics to grow up. Cardinal archbishop of a city famous for the husky, brawling laughter of youth, he preaches the virtues of “mature, well-integrated adult spirituality.” Witness to a man who said “Let the little children come unto me,” he endeavors “to renew the life of the Church by getting people to act like adults.

No matter what problem Cupich encounters, his solution is to tell people to be more mature. How can we fix immigration? “We all have to act like adults.” What about ending abortion? It must be done “in a constructive way and as adults who respect each other.” And what was Amoris Laetitia about, anyway? Ah, yes: “moving out of an adolescent spirituality into an adult spirituality.

Common to all these remarks is a refusal of responsibility. Some people have a quaint idea that a bishop should say what is right and wrong, in season and out, but Cupich has evolved beyond this. Cupich wants to liberate Catholic consciences from clerical control. “If people come to a decision in good conscience,” he says, “our job is to help them move forward and to respect that.” If you’re okay, so is he.

Cupich credits his ideas to Pope Francis. He says that Amoris Laetitia “put the responsibility on each individual, rather than an outside authority telling people what to do, as though they were children.” Don’t expect the pope or the bishop to tell you what to do. Daddy’s gone. Now you’re the man of the house.

Oh trust me, Cardinal Blase, we of this generation, the one just after yours, know aaaaall about being abandoned by mummy and daddy and having to step up and be the grownups. It was that or starve. We know more than we ever wanted about parents and other adults who couldn’t be arsed to give us any guidance, and leaving us to figure it out on our own.

And the funny thing is that what we figured out was that your generation were a pack of narcissists who would rather watch their children starve than get off their asses and be the adults.

No one born in the last forty years will be surprised by this rhetoric. There was the cool dad who winked and left you two alone, the cool dad who told you he didn’t keep count of the beer . . . . Even when the matter was trivial, the refusal either to forbid, or to accept responsibility for permitting, made him something less than a father. He told us to act like adults so that he didn’t have to.

Pretty much.

There is a sense, to be fair, in which he is right, of course. We know, for instance, that we are to exercise our knowledge of the Faith to tell us that when a bishop, cardinal or pope suggests breaking faith with Christ in order to be seen as “merciful” or “accompanying” – when they tell us to follow the world instead of the plain words of Christ in holy Scripture, we must very adultly say, “I’m sorry, Holy Father, but you have no power to mandate apostasy, heresy, blasphemy or sacrilege.”

So, there’s that.


NuChurch – where it’s forever 1976, and never Christmas.

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13 thoughts on “We’re adults; you’re kids. We’re smart; you’re dumb, so SHUT UP”

  1. Gary says:

    “moving out of an adolescent spirituality into an adult spirituality.”

    translation: giving up our fear of committing mortal sin and possibly losing our soul, and moving into doing whatever the hell we feel like and discerning that it’s okay with God, because of our weakness and inability to cooperate with grace at this moment. Give up the fight, grow up, and have fun!

    Amoris Laetitia, the new catechism of the ‘adult’ Church.

  2. J. Ronald Parrish says:

    Trying to get this straight. As soon as one Pope dies his authentic magisterium is thrown in the trash bin and the new Pope starts off with a clean slate. That’s the “God of Surprises “, eh. Well, when you trash the principal of non-contradiction, you destroy any claim to be the guardian of Truth. It’s not the specific issue in question, the whole edifice of the teaching office falls.

  3. Donna Ruth says:

    Bad-a-boom!
    Yup, and the chief “cool dad” who embraced the false mammon of liberation theology is craftily dragging/luring/lulling /winking us into the still coolish fishbowl, which is slowly being pushed to the gentle burner. Simmer on low until done.

  4. Martha says:

    Wow. Great parallel. I always just thought my parents were too busy with their own lives; I hadn’t thought of it that way. You’ve just explained the mentality of hierarchy and all the parents I knew growing up.

  5. John F. Kennedy says:

    “Cupich credits his ideas to Pope Francis. He says that Amoris Laetitia “put the responsibility on each individual, rather than an outside authority telling people what to do, as though they were children.” Don’t expect the pope or the bishop to tell you what to do. Daddy’s gone. Now you’re the man of the house.”

    So why should do WE need to listen to anything they say?

  6. Bosco49 says:

    I’ll never grow up! (Mary Martin) Peter Pan 1960 sings with the Lost Boys

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdok71_lM5w

  7. Michael Dowd says:

    Thanks Hillary. Today I’ve been digging on St Thomas Aquinas. Let’s share. Sharing is so important, you know.

    —“If you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.”
    —“The greatest kindness one can render to any man consists in leading him from error to truth”.

    Keep up your good work Hilary.

  8. Hrodgar says:

    Re: Ronald Sevenster

    Let’s not fall into the same trap as the Lollards or the Donatists. On those occasions where he exercises his authority in such a way that obedience does not require sin, then his subjects still owe him obedience.

  9. Dorota Mosiewicz-Patalas says:

    It takes maturity and discernment to reject false mercy and an invitation to a juvenile rebellion against God by Church hierarchy.
    When I trust and obey God instead of following the ways of the world and cowardly, illogical bishops and cardinals who mock and ridicule me, I am not an immature victim of His allegedly outdated whims in need of re-interpretation. but as a rational adult. It is impossible to believe in God and to simultaneously remake Him into a Sodomite.

  10. Aaron says:

    Yeah, St. Thomas Aquainas, St. Nicolas, St. Francis de Sales, St. Theresa of Avila… all children with childish sprituality. Every Catholic who died prior to 1960? Children, the whole lot of them.

    Real charitable and humble outlook this Cardinal has.

  11. TLM says:

    Oh yeah, the whole ‘be adult’ in your faith thingie. I remember hearing that at my own Parish quite a few years back during a ‘Lenten retreat’. Our Pastor at the time invited one of his ‘Jesuit’ Priest friends to give several ‘talks’ on spirituality. H and I were only there for one and when he kept repeating that we had to ‘grow up’ in our faith, we finally walked out and didn’t return. Real Catholicism and with tried and true devotions are just ‘child’s play’ you know!

  12. Ronald Sevenster says:

    There’s one thing Catholics can do to show that they are grown ups and “act like adults”, and that is by rejecting the authority of Card. Cupich.

  13. louiseyvette says:

    “He told us to act like adults so that he didn’t have to.”

    Accurate.

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