01 October 2014

Hi There

I wanted to refer you to the latest at Rorate Caeli, a translation of a wonderful and incisive analysis of the Synod against on the Family, and why Cardinal Kasper and whomever above, beside and below him of his party are really on crack, Catholic-ly speaking.  So, consider yourself referred. 

This stuff matters, of course.  The chloroform calls of some to not worry, because Catholic doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage cannot change, ignore the reality of the damage that can be done without any technical change. 

I submit that there is already a practical schism already in place in the ranks of self-identified Catholics over sexual moral doctrine.  There are other fissures on other issues, perhaps not quite so marked.  But in a worst case scenario, this Synod could literally lead to schism.  It probably won't, and even if it would it likely won't be immediate. 

But does that really matter?  Isn't it bad enough that such an outcome is plausible?

Disaster.  That is how I would describe the situation where the general public is of the opinion that the Commandment of the Lord Himself on Marriage, and the tenets of the Natural Law on procreative matters, are both up for grabs.

The question remains, will it be a total disaster?


Barto the Barbarian said...

No matter what the dubious men at the synod pronounce, the Catholic teaching on marriage will remain unchanged at all the SSPX chapels and schools around the world, including the SSPX chapel on Dolman Street in St. Louis. Isn't it significant that the priests and bishops of the SSPX can be wholly and entirely trusted in this way, while the men who will be meeting at the synod cannot be trusted in this way. Moreover, according to the SSPX, this synod is not the first time time that "progressive" cardinals and bishops have attempted to change unchangeable doctrine at a meeting. That was attempted at the Vatican II Council 50 years ago, and that attempt was "successful," according to the SSPX. What some fear may happen at this synod already happened 50 years ago, and that accounts for the steep decline in the Church over the last 50 years. That's the position of the SSPX. But they say that this mess is reversible since nothing in the Vatican II Council was pronounced infallibly. The bottom line is that no Catholic need live in the fear and anxiety that the pope and bishops will deviate from true Catholic doctrine and mislead the faithful--since that has already happened, 50 years ago, at the Vatican II Council. But no Catholic need despair, either, since the true priesthood, the true Mass, and the true doctrine of the Faith have never ceased to be provided at all the SSPX chapels and schools all around the world. That is a safe harbor from the pestilence that is available to all of us right here in St. Louis, in Kansas City, and many other places. The Vatican II Council launched a long-term liberalization movement. The Council launched a movement, and the movement, which has been continued by every pope since (though Pope Benedict gave signs of seriously wanting to end this movement--which is perhaps why he was forced out of office and replaced with a solid Vatican II man), is like ebola. If you choose to remain in places where ebola is being spread, and choose to admit ebola-infected people into your home, whose fault will it be when you and your loved ones come down with ebola? Chapter 18 of the Book of Revelation has an apt passage: "After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues."

thetimman said...

Barto, your comment is a bit broad. You are entitled to your opinion, but recall that there are efforts to deal with the crisis all over the church. The doctrine is not "extra SSPX nulla salus". The SSPX doesn't teach that, either. The are bishops, priests, and laity trying to hold fast in many places. I think it is important to rally each other, and not to become so enclosed in our enclaves that we get too bunker-y. That doesn't help.

I could easily point to the Institute as a perfect enclave. None of the compromises you deplore, and no questions on validity of certain sacraments or irregular status. You may retort that any of the Ecclesia Dei communities are fraught with compromise. And that there is jurisdiction for SSPX confessions, etc. I would disagree. And so on.

My point is that we are in the midst of a great storm and shipwreck, and whether you cling to an old wardrobe and I cling to a crate, they both work, in that they float. And neither is perfect, in that they aren't the ship. We should rally and encourage and gather, that we all make it to a lifeboat, and God willing assist in the repair of the ship in time. The debris and lifeboats keep us alive, but we need the ship to get home.

So, in light of the many good and holy Catholics trying to keep alive and hold fast to what has been handed down, in the SSPX, the ICRSS, the FSSP, and also on the parishes, monasteries, convents scattered here and there, I just wanted to post this. I don't want to discourage you,but I don't want this to be an SSPX is the only solution post, either.

ATW said...

Dear thetimman:

I echo your point that there are a number of scattered lifeboats out there. There is one project, of three years running, that has attempted to get folks to realize that and a brief report on the most recent effort can be found here:

We need to work together, against the common enemy.

dulac90 said...

Nicely said, timman. These are the times for mutual encouragement, not belittlement and scorn for fellow Catholics with whom we share far more than we may be comfortable admitting.

Whether or not we agree with the wisdom of clinging to this wardrobe or that crate, we should all pray and work in fraternal charity to keep each other afloat.