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Roger is a contributing editor to a revisionist history book by Dale T. Irvin and Scott W. Sunquist entitled: History of the World Christian Movement. (Orbis Books)

Orbis Books is the publishing arm of Maryknoll).

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In this book, and in Roger's classroom presentations, it is Roger's opinion that early Christianity did not really suffer any 'significant' persecution. The best way to explain Roger's explanation is that the persecution belief was more of a 'marketing' concept to unify early Christians.

Roger Schroeder, in his classroom presentation on his revisionist history of the Catholic Church, announced that the Catholic Church is now the ‘Workers Church’. And the mission of the Church is no longer the sanctification of the individual but is now Justice and Peace among men.

Roger voiced a great urgency of the perceived Church Mission on the basis of the human misery which the world experienced during the 20th century (WWI, WWII, nuclear bomb, Industrial Revolution, Colonialism, Imperialism and so on).

This attitude of fear and urgency is best expressed by CTU’s relationship with the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

From the Parliament of the World’s Religion – Introduction to the Declaration of the Religions for a Global Ethic:

The world is in agony. The agony is so pervasive and urgent that we are compelled to name its manifestations so that the depth of this pain may be made clear.

Peace eludes us – the planet is being destroyed – neighbors live in fear – women and men are estranged from each other – children die! This is abhorrent

In a sense, Roger is correct that it was the terrible human conditions of the 20th century which gave rise to Vatican II. But the objective of Vatican II was not changing the mission of the church. Instead, the purpose of Vatican II is to give rise to the Church’s desire to open up, all which the Catholic Church has to offer, to people like Roger, in order to help these people to be able to draw strength from our Catholic faith, instead of living in perpetual fear and agony.

In his opening speech at the Council, Bl. John XXIII stated:
‘In the daily exercise of our pastoral office, we sometimes have to listen, much to our regret, to voices of persons who, though burning with zeal, are not endowed with too much sense of discretion or measure.

In these modern times they can see nothing but prevarication and ruin. They say that our era, in comparison with past eras, is getting worse, and they behave as though they had learned nothing from history, which is, none the less, the teacher of life. They behave as though at the time of former Councils everything was a full triumph for the Christian idea and life and for proper religious liberty.’

John Paul II; ‘Be not afraid’

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