If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and tastes like a duck, and if you dissect it and break it down to its molecular core, revealing its DNA, and its a duck! cafeteria Catholics, and progressives, will still hold out hope that it is something else all together. Objective Truth, like the quacking duck, is purposefully elusive to these bird-blind people.
That would be fine, except that these deniers of Truth are educators, legislators, catechists, and pop inspirations.
"So now I tell you,
have nothing to do with these men, and let them go.
For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin,
it will destroy itself.
But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them;
you may even find yourselves fighting against God." Acts 5:34-42
It is somewhat understandable when an atheist, or an agnostic, bucks Church teaching. It is an all together different oddity when a baptized Catholic rejects the Church in the name of Jesus. In days gone by, atheists and agnostics were the enemy of the Church (though not always, as more than a few historical atheists and agnostics have been people of good will). It is true, moreover, that the Church has always had heretics and apostates. But never before, like we see today, is the Church saturated (worldwide, and in America) with baptized Catholics hell bent on disobeying the Church while envisioning themselves as faithful disciples.
'I love Jesus, and I support women's reproductive rights (abortion, contraception, sterilization, promiscuity).'
And Jesus says: 'Thou Shalt not kill.'
'I love Jesus, but I think everyone should be able to marry, even gay people.'
And Jesus says: 'For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and will live with his wife. The two will become one. So they are no longer two but one.'
'I love Jesus, but divorce is sometimes a necessary evil.'
And Jesus says: 'Let no man divide what God has put together.”
'I love Jesus, but socialism seems charitable, and secularism seems polite.'
And Jesus' Vicar (Pope Leo XIII) says: "For, indeed, although the socialists, stealing the very Gospel itself with a view to deceive more easily the unwary, have been accustomed to distort it so as to suit their own purposes, nevertheless so great is the difference between their depraved teachings and the most pure doctrine of Christ that none greater could exist: 'for what participation hath justice with injustice or what fellowship hath light with darkness?'"
And Jesus says: 'Get behind me Satan!'
"The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?" Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
So, who, and what, do cafeteria Catholics, and progressives fear? Certainly not the Lord.
The 'Nuns on the bus' fear popular rejection. Nancy Pelosi fears Traditional Catholic Morality. Kathleen Sebelius fears a reawakening of her conscience. Cafeteria Catholics fear that their Catholic faith, in a Real Jesus, may just be True. Progressives fear the quacking duck, in objective Truth, backed by cold, hard facts. Barack Obama fears that the American people will wake up from their pleasure induced slumber and see the real man behind the curtain, not the rhetorically powerful man of Oz, but a socialist, hell bent on dividing, and conquering, America.
“'This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.'
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off
to make him king,
he withdrew again to the mountain alone." John 6:1-15
Jesus is still a hot commodity!
Progressives and secularists love to hijack His (Catholic) Church's Social Justice Teachings, nuancing them, plagiarizing them, and distorting them, into a social justice for socialistic purposes. Cafeteria Catholics love to untie the bound and gagged Jesus, putting their hands in His Back, puppet-ing a metrosexual, all inclusive, hippy, happy, guru of peaceful hedonism and kumbaya love. This Jesus is the champion of immigration--even if it is illegal. This Jesus is the minister of marriage--even if it is gay. This Jesus loves women's reproductive rights--manifest in abortions, and contraception, and sterilization, and promiscuity. This Jesus, through His distorted 'Book of Acts' disciples, is the champion of socialism, dare I say Communism? And most certainly, this Jesus holds disdain for His Male, mysogynist, patriarchal, priesthood!
Yet, progressives and cafeteria Catholics must remember that one day Barack Obama, like all men, will leave God's green earth. Then they will have to ponder the unending, undying Life of Jesus, in His Church. Then they will hear the duck quack again.
But will they still attempt to make this duck into something else?