To the editor:
As a Roman Catholic I uphold its teachings and honor its leaders. But as a Catholic I believe in catholicism with a small “c,” in a church that is universal and welcoming of all sorts and conditions of humanity.
“Fortress Church” was promoted after the Council of Trent in the 16th century. Strict orthodoxy seemed essential if the Church were to contend with the Protestant Reformation. Today, a generation after Vatican II, there are those in the Church who see a similar threat in a secular culture that so often seems to worship materialism and self-gratification.
I assume all Catholics share the same opposition to the excesses of modern culture and are united in a common faith, but there are five broad areas where Catholics sometimes have different views.
I believe St. Thomas Aquinas is a guide for all ages when he wrote: “Man’s ultimate happiness consists in the contemplation of truth.” That precludes a mindless conformity to external dictates. Each of us must seek wisdom individually, united by a common faith in a church that can only be truly Catholic if it is also catholic.
James S. Taylor