I saw this headline on my social media this week. I did read the article and agreed with some of the points, although, I think that that misunderstandings of the core beliefs on some of these issues is the root cause of most anxiety caused by media reports and statements dispersed on social media.
I also disagree completely with the notion that Catholics are afraid of change. I think this assumption is quite interesting, and may apply to some Catholics but not most of the Catholics that I worship and share my Faith and Parish Home with. I find this to not have any truth at all. Most Catholics that I know and share the Faith with are undertaking an ongoing daily and constant transformation. I think though it isn't the type of transformation that is obvious or immediately visible to most. It is an inner conversion that transfigures hearts and realigns understandings of the Truth. You see, the Catholic Church is all about Truth - and Truth is constant. God does not change, and neither does his Truth.
The world demands change, because we as Humans are attracted to material pleasures and we want changes in the Church that will make allowances for them. It is our hearts though that must shift. We must be renewed in our Faith, so that are very beings and desires are altered. This is why the Church will always remain firm on Dogma. The Catholic Church is Divinely guided. The Church not only has the Holy Spirit to lead her, but the very presence of Christ physically in the Eucharist as well. He promised to always be with us, and he is, and not just in a spiritual sense, but as Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity for our consumption. So, he becomes a part of us, and we together as the Body of Christ, sharing in this same sacrament become divinely attached to each other.
Catholics who abide by Faith, spend time in prayer and adoration, receive the Sacraments and yearn for a better understanding of Church teaching through study and reflection, have no choice than to be transformed continually. The changes that the world demands are finite. The Church concerns herself with the infinite. The world looks for exterior change, the Church looks for the interior change of heart. The Church is striving for each of us to obtain the only reward and goal in this life that really matters: Heaven.
Are you "all in"? Are you being changed by your personal relationship and dedication to God and striving for the rewards of Heaven, or are you demanding change to accommodate your own Earthly and material goals and rewards? Each of us should ponder the answer to that question, and strive for the answer that will elicit the proper changes within us to reap the only reward that ultimately matters.