Beyond “Cafeteria” Catholicism

But there is another way beyond the inadequacies of “cafeteria,” “consumer,” or “choice” Catholicism; it is to encourage a form of active Catholic engagement constituted by a substantive and deliberate “wrestling with the tradition.” To belong to a religious tradition requires that I take that tradition seriously, even, and perhaps especially, when it troubles me, and even when, at the end of the day, I find that I cannot give an unqualified adherence to it.

Richard R. Gaillardetz, An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis, and the Renewal of Catholicism (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015), p. 191. ISBN: 978-0-8146-8309-5.

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