Why Can’trnCatholicismrnBe Trendy?rnIt’s stupid to fall for every passing fashion. Butrnthat’s the story of liberal Catholicism since VaticanrnII. Remember the silly infatuation with the “secularrncity”? Who can forget the red-hot liberation theologiansrnwhose Utopian dreams have turned to ash!rnThe list of follies is long.rnNow radical feminism is all the rage. And whatrnare we getting? Rampant divorce. Wounded andrnneglected children. Abortion. Sexual confusion andrngay lib. Attempts to rehabilitate fictional goddessesrnand reintroduce pagan priestesses. Mutilation ofrnthe English language. “Liberated” religious orders,rnwhich are now dying! And, not least, claims thatrnJesus committed thes/n of sexism when He chosernonly males for His priesthood and that He wasrnwrong when He taught us to call God our Father.rnOf course, if Jesus committed an injustice inrnexcluding women from the priesthood, then Herncould hardly be divine, and if He didn’t have thernauthority to identify God as our Father, then Herndidn’t come down from Heaven and wasn’t a memberrnof any Trinity. Bye-bye Christianity!rnLiberal pick-and-choose Catholics are trendyrntypes who crave the approval of the world and can’trnstand the thought of being Politically /^correct.rnThey’re intellectual cowards — and imitators of thernliberal Protestants, who long ago devised a smorgasbordrnreligion in order to prove their “openmindedness”rnand cozy up to the world. Very clever.rnBut what do liberal Protestants have to show forrntheir efforts? Dying churches’ Why? Because thernresult of liberal Protestantism has been, in thernwords of Flannery O’Connor, “to turn religion intornpoetry and therapy, to make truth vaguer andrnvaguer, to banish intellectual distinctions,…andrngradually to come to believe that God has nornpower…cannot reveal himself to us…and that religionrnis our own sweet invention.” So why botherrnto go to church anymore? Not so clever, after all!rnTrendy religion is not only counter-productive, it’srnjust plain dumb.rnCardinal Newman said that “some authorityrnthere must be if there is a revelation given.” Catholicismrnis a revealed religion, not a concocted one,rnand our Lord gave authority to St. Peter and his successorrnpopes to guard that revelation from fads andrndelusions. The NEW OXFORD REVIEW, a Catholicrnmonthly magazine with an international audience,rnis published in Berkeley — yes, that Berkeley — sornwe’ve seen fads and delusions galore. We knowrnfrauds when we see them. We stand with the Catholicismrnof the ages, the Magisterium, and the Pope.rnWe articulate the full splendor of Catholic truth, andrneven help wimpy Catholics develop a backbone.rnIf you’re a Catholic who refuses to blow withrnevery passing wind, or if you’re just curious, subscriberntoday!rn(Please allow 2 to 8 weeks for delivery of first Issue)rnSPECIAL DISCOUNT RATES FOR FIRST-TIME SUBSCRIBERSrnD One-year subscription $14 (regularly $19)rnD One-year student, unemployed, or retiredrnperson’s subscription $12 (regularly $16)rnD Two-year subscription $23 (regularly $35)rnNAME (Please print or type)rnSTREET ADDRESSrnL CITY STATE ZIPrnD One-year non-U.S. subscription US$24rn(regularly $29) Payment must be drawn in U.S. DollarsrnD Sample copy $3.50rnSend coupon or letter. Make check payable tornNEW OXFORD REVIEW. Mail to:rnNEW OXFORD REVIEWrnRoom 144rn1069 Kains Ave.rnBerkeley CA 94706rnPAYMENT MUST ACCOMPANY ORDER Jrnrnrn