A recent post by Rachel Held Evans has gotten a lot of play.
Here is a response linked to by a colleague on her Facebook page. In the spirit of dialogue, I offer it along with Evans’ link. The author ends the piece by sharing a bit of history.
Well, I’ll tell ya. I’ve been out of step before. I was a young fogey back then, with my high sacramental views and my reverence for tradition. I wanted the real thing, not the slogans and the fads. Back then, I was in step as regards sexuality and out of step as regards liturgy; nowadays, I’m more in step as regards liturgy and out of step as regards sexuality. but I haven’t changed that much: society has. And what I know is that the Church is always out of step with society, always calling people away from false values to true ones.
That means we preach against materialism and snobbery and going along to get along. We also preach against pride and lust and gluttony. Sometimes the conservatives cheer us and the liberals hiss, and sometimes it’s the other way around. But if you want REAL, Ms. Evans, it doesn’t come in a “New and Improved Just for Millennials” package. It doesn’t endorse your parents’ prejudices, but — here’s the hard thing — it doesn’t endorse your prejudices, either. It will change you, and you’ll be glad to be so changed; whereas, if you succeed in changing it, then you will feel cheated in the end. That’s REAL.