Traditional Catholics are not “the periphery.”
If you’re a Catholic in good standing with your Church, whether you get your preferred liturgy or not, you are not the periphery.
Here is a speech that Pope Francis gave that will help understand what he’s talking about:
Evangelizing pre-supposes a desire in the Church to come out of herself. The Church is called to come out of herself and to go to the peripheries, not only geographically, but also the existential peripheries: the mystery of sin, of pain, of injustice, of ignorance and indifference to religion, of intellectual currents, and of all misery.
When the Church does not come out of herself to evangelize, she becomes self-referential and then gets sick. (…) The evils that, over time, happen in ecclesial institutions have their root in self-referentiality and a kind of theological narcissism.
When the Pope talks about going to the peripheries, he’s not talking about bellyaching about our pet Church pet peeve.
That’s being self-referential.
He wants us to GO OUT AND SAVE SOULS.
What the heck do we suppose the Church is for?
When you go out and save souls, you’re not trying to fight a culture war, or get somebody elected, or get the priest to face the crucifix during Mass, as important as all these things may be.
You’re trying to bring Christ into their hearts, to heal them, not to gain an ideological convert.
I love Fr. Z. I love the pro-life movement, am a culture warrior, but really, we really have to get over ourselves. It’s not about us or our causes.
It’s about the people. All the lost, confused and damaged souls who don’t have Christ in their lives.
Another good post, Suzanne!