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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Schismatic's Manifesto

Every Catholic should know that it is an INFALLIBLE DOGMA of
Catholic Faith that the Church has no authority to ordain women.
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(National Catholic Reporter) - Under the guise of a "Year of Faith," the Vatican has launched an all-out assault on any theology or interpretation of Vatican II based on what it calls a "Hermeneutic (Interpretation) of Rupture." This theological assault is articulated in the document known as "Porta Fidei" written by Benedict XVI and further specified in a document titled "Note on Recommendations for the Implementation of the Year of Faith" which was developed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Both of these documents are cited by Cardinal Levada in his statement on the doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). The rationale for that assessment and other punitive moves that have been made in recent months (Caritas International, educational institutes, and the Girl Scouts) must be understood in the broader context of this special "year of assault."

The real crux of the issue according to the "Note" is a "correct understanding" of Vatican II over against "erroneous interpretations." Benedict likes to refer to these interpretations as being based on a "hermeneutic of discontinuity" while referring to his own interpretation as being based on a "hermeneutic of renewal." In truth, better labels for these respectively, are a "hermeneutic of mission" over against Benedict's "hermeneutic of retrenchment...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So, if the pope is not supposed to interpret such things as the Council and the faith, then what pray tell is his job in the first place? Is it simply to look pretty during mass, keep the Chair of Peter warm, and of course appoint successors (cardinals) who will do the same? You can read the rest of this screed from "Fr." John C. Sivalon if you like, but I must confess that I found it repulsive and difficult to finish. I hear in this man a familiar voice, one that I've heard many times before, both from the mouths of Secular Atheists in the government and Modernists Liberals among the Protestants. It is a very familiar voice indeed. It is the voice of rebellion. It is a deep and hissing voice. It is the voice of a dragon.

The stage is being set for a major schism within the Catholic Church, not just the U.S. Catholic Church, but the Catholic Church worldwide. These people do not want to break with Rome, no, they want to control it, manipulate the pope, and bully him into silence if they have to. Their ultimate goal is not to break with the Catholic Church, but to transform it into something very different -- something very Protestant and something very Liberal. Look to the U.S. Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion as the model of what they want. That is precisely what they want, as stated in many of their own writings going back to the 1970s, and make no mistake about it, this is an old movement. The movers and shakers of this movement are senior citizens now, and that is the good news. They have virtually nobody left to pass the torch on to. Young people don't generally fall for this "liberal Christianity" nonsense. They would rather just leave the Church and get involved in some other religion, if they want to practice any religion at all. Most do not. So this movement truly is a generational thing, and it is nearing the end of the road. This is indeed the "grey rebellion," and by that I don't mean the colour of a uniform, but rather the dominant colour of their hair. Their movement is steadily approaching its twilight, and they know it, which is why they have come out so ferociously in recent years. It is their last stand. They view Pope Benedict XVI as a traitor, a priest of Vatican II who dared to interpret the Council within the context of historic Church tradition. They hate him. Oh, they'll never admit that of course, what with is sounding so "uncharitable" and all, but they despise everything he does. They seek to bully him into silence, if they can, using the Secular press and liberal organisations that have openly declared themselves enemies of the Church. (It should cause us to pause and reflect when we consider that the LCWR's biggest supporters are in the mainstream Secular press and Democratic Party.) If however, they cannot bully the pope into silence. If they cannot stop him from doing his job, then they seek to obstruct his efforts any way possible, and eagerly await his death. For with them, they hope a new pope will bring with him new doctrine, and I guarantee they will pop some champagne bottles upon hearing the news of Pope Benedict's death, just as they did upon hearing of John Paul II's death.

Because their days are limited, as they see their priests retiring, and their members slowly dying off, they know there is not much time left to act. The grey rebels do not wish to break with the Church, but they will if they must, and they will do so with the help of the mainstream Secular press. They only need a few bishops in the United States to go along with it, and they should have no problem getting at least a few in Europe. When it happens (and it likely will happen) it is Pope Benedict XVI they will portray as the "radical" and of course the Secular press will go right along with that. Their schism will be successful, but it is debatable how successful, or what "success" actually means. For their largest following will be "Catholics" over age 50 and their most loyal followers under 50 will be equally loyal to other churches and religious traditions.  Most of them will be sodomites and lesbians, and the schismatic "Church" they create will follow the same course as the U.S. Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion into irrelevancy and ultimately obscurity.  Inwardly, they know this, which is why they seek to bully the pope instead, and force their agenda on the entire Catholic world, rather than "go it alone."  They know the only way for their ideas to survive for any reasonable period of time is to force them upon the faithful.

The good news is they will fail, as all such movements in the past have failed.  We only need to endure their death throws, and unfortunately for us, these will be violent in an ecclesiastical sense.  Now more than ever we must rally behind the pope and the reforms he proposes.  He (and we) will prevail, that is certain, but the battle will also be hard.  That too is certain.