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quoteWithout a shared memory and an agreed upon structure of authority, we remember different things and think different modes of authority are more legitimate than others. This fragmented memory fractures identity at its very root. Such fracturing is exactly what is going on in the Church today, causing a split across progressive/conservative divides and a split across time, between the pre-conciliar Church and the post-conciliar Church.


The fracturing of memory and thus identity is a natural reaction to the trauma that the Church endured when the Enlightenment hit the neighborhoods and we figured out an immutable Church could change. But how best to proceed? Rather than getting caught in the progressive/conservative divide, I think it’s more useful to see the problem in a wider context, as the challenge of how any religious institution legitimizes faith in a post-Enlightenment world.