During Catholic Mass we pray, ‘Look not on our sins, but on the faith of Your Church’ for a very important reason. Succumbing to the great American societal temptation, in the freedom of democracy, we tend to lean too heavily on the ‘People of God’ model of the Church, mistakenly blaming the Church for our sins and, subsequently, trying to reform the unreformable in our purely human image and likeness.
There is an absolute element of Truth in the ‘People of God’ model of the Vatican II (ecclesiological) understanding. But the predominant model of the Council, the predominant image that comes from the New Testament, is the ‘Body of Christ.’ It is His Church since He alone is the ‘Source and Summit’ of our faith in the Eucharist. It is His Church since from His Passion and Resurrection we get the sacraments of baptism and the Most Holy Eucharist. It is His Church since we receive the forgiveness of our sins through the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father through His Sorrowful Passion, as commissioned to the apostles, and their successors, in a visit from the Resurrected Christ. It is His Church since He took on the flesh of the first Adam (us), and redeemed our sinful nature through His obedience as the New Adam, offering us His Life and His Love through the gift of faith, hope and charity.
Therefore, to seek to reform the Church’s Apostolic hierarchy, Christian doctrine and dogma, the super-nature of Christ (both God and man), the New Testament morality of holiness, and the Kingship of Christ, in favor of a democracy of the people, is to attempt a reform of the unreformable.
It is better that we reform ourselves. Better yet, it is better that we pray, and allow, Christ to reform us in, with, and through His Church.