A lot of keyboards were clicking the past day or two about Cardinal Kurt Koch’s remarks on reform2. I’m less than moved about it all.
First, consider the source: another non-liturgical cardinal, albeit in a non-liturgical office.
Two, they still hammer away on the meme of rupture and organic (read: non-existent) development.
Rupture is the way of conversion. Did Peter and his business partners have a smooth transition from being fishermen? Heck, they didn’t even put their nets away. Zebedee was left to clean up.
People enter religious life and seminaries, but do they have a slow organic development? Sure, they will visit while in the discernment stage. But there’s no weekend releases or summer vacations for novices. Seminarians–healthy ones at any rate–don’t chum with hedonists on a Florida spring break.
Read what is expected of converts to Christianity in the RCIA document. Gradual formation, yes. But the end result is a break with ungodly things of the past, and a complete embrace of Christ.
We should consider SC 23 and organic development, but it also needs to be placed in perspective with other conciliar values–not to mention the spiritual nature of metanoia and conversion.