Saturday, August 26, 2006

Why be Catholic in the Europe of today...?

Europe has an inheritance of tradition (Catholicism). All that the (Protest)ant churches of today/yesterday can agree upon is (at least) one thing: that they remain in "protest" of something they still believe to be Cathoilic (this much they can at least agree upon).

Where did this phenomenon arrive from? Why this self-appointed task of Martin Luther (an archetype) to break from the one (Christ)endom? He felt bound by no corpus of history or the collective wisdom of the past or of the legacy of tradition. For him, the prescriptive codes of ancestral experience existed to be selectively followed or wholly rejected entirely - subject to his whim. On what grounds can this mortal, like the so many others, suddenly refashion the existing order?

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