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Monday, 9 September 2019


Reports are surfacing of the Pope calling priests faithful to the Faith derogatory names while he is somewhere in Africa. "Rigid" seems to the main word.

Naturally this comes at the same time faithful, hardcore Catholics have taken to calling each other names which have no basis in reality, yet again. "Heretic," "schismatic," and "Protestant" seem to the names of choice.

There is a distinct unbalance here.

Traditionally-minded Catholics have a lot in common. More than they realize. In fact, sidestepping the question of the vacant see, they are more in agreement with a sedevacantist in South Africa than they are with Catholics from their territorial parish.

There is reasonable doubt as to whether the words "heretic," "schismatic," and "Protestant" really apply to sedevacantists and other faithful Catholics.

Not so much with the current papal incumbent and his friends.

Let us lower our swords from each others' throats and level them at the enemies of the Faith.


John Haggerty said...

I wish Francis could read Barona's historically searching post from 17 February 2014:
The Seductive Lure of Fifties Catholicism.

The comments from that post are informed, particularly those of Mark Thomas, who argues persuasively that changes under Pope Pius XII made it easier for the Modernists, who came into their own at Vatican II.

Francis is a child of his time.
He often talks about 'the God of surprises'.
I happened to know the Jesuit who wrote the book of that title.
This priest (born in 1920) was a kindly man with strong pastoral gifts, but he would be quite angry with the views of Barona, and angry now with me for defending Archbishop Lefebvre, not to mention Cardinals Siri and Ottaviani.

The point I am making is that Modernist priests become aggressive when their own positions are questioned.

Modernism is the religious myth of more than one generation.
Indeed these priests become rather spiteful like Francis and accuse their opponents of being 'rigid'.
I remember a Glasgow bishop pouring scorn on the faithful who missed the Latin Mass.

In the new film about the two popes (Anthony Hopkins plays Benedict) we hear Francis saying that the Church is not relevant to the lives of people today.

The use of that buzz word 'relevance' is where the Modernists betray the truth of the Gospel.

Too often being 'relevant' means pleasing the times, pleasing the current fashions, pleasing the chattering classes on social media.

As Chesterton said, the times are always wrong.
Is it not the duty of the Church to bear witness to this truth in every generation?

Irenaeus said...

Relevant link: https://torontocatholicwitness.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-seductive-lure-of-fifties.html

John Haggerty said...

Thank you for the link, Irenaeus.

I shall follow it up in due course. At the moment I have a chest infection, the only health condition that ever troubles me.

Fr. Gerard W Hughes is author of 'The God of Surprises' as well as 'God, Where Are You?' and a number of other books.

He was born in 1924 and not 1920 as stated by me, and died in 2014.
A faithful and dedicated priest: is it fair or accurate to say his theology was partly Modernist?

This is beyond my competence to judge, and I am still searching for a book that makes sense of Catholic Modernism, particularly in the lives of hard-working priests and sisters.

Something significant changed in the heart of the Church with the Second Vatican Council.
Too often we were given glib explanations such as 'The Church is just opening windows and letting in fresh air.

As a layman I would ask questions like 'How would Dom Prosper Gueranger have responded to to all these changes if he had lived to see them?'

We know that Pope Paul VI (the Hamlet of popes) was said to walk the battlements of the Vatican on nights when he could not sleep, haunted by the storms shaking the Church.

There's an interesting parallel in the Reformed world.

Benjamin Warfield who held the chair in theology at Princeton University, resisted any introduction of the Higher Criticism into his syllabus.

A brilliant man, educated in the sciences as well as theology, Warfield held out as long as he could until his death in 1920.

I have his little book, 'The Saviour of the World' on my bedside table.
His portrait on the cover reminds me of a smiling cavalier ... proving that Calvinists can smile in the full knowledge that God reigns!