and transformed it. He didn't destroy the earthly reality; instead, he redeemed it, and he continues this renewal from within today.
Through the Holy Spirit he offers human society the life of God -- and promises to make it more perfectly itself. The mystery of humanity is revealed when Jesus enters into it.
When God became man, he reaffirmed the goodness of our nature, and he removed all doubt through his resurrection and ascension into heaven. Humanity has been taken up into the Godhead. The physical world has a divine destiny. The way we live matters; and it's meant to express something of heaven. The body, as it turns out, is eternally relevant.
Redemption is never destructive.
Such is the nature of Catholicism. When the Church enters into the 'muck,' it does no violence to it whatsoever. Rather, it (slowly) subjects human society to the power and truth of the Cross, and thereby heals it of all that is violent and broken; then, Jesus, through his Church, fashions culture
anew and calls it to realize the perfection of it's earthly splendor. Finally, Catholicism is designed to elevate every culture to the glorious heights of the kingdom of God, to a participation in supernatural life.
The New Evangelization is about renewing culture, not through the annihilation of regional and racial differences, but through the elevation of our unique human expressions to the perfection and glory of a humanity alive in Jesus. We're called to affirm the good in culture, and to recognize
him in "whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, [and] if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, [we ought to] think about these things" (Philippians 4:8).
The Church is called to embrace every culture with the light of Christ. That's what makes Catholicism a truly "catholic" (i.e. universal) way of life.