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
publishing arm of Maryknoll).
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
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’