Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Will "Ecclesiological Dynamite" Blow The Lid Off The SSPX?
The Society of St Pius X (SSPX) is once more trying to justify their absurd position of recognizing Francis as "pope" and the Vatican II sect as "the Roman Catholic Church" while refusing to submit to them. There was a theological conference at the formerly Catholic Georgetown University on the first year of Antipope Francis' "papacy." The conclusion was reported by The National Catholic (sic) Reporter. (The conclusion of) more than a dozen academics evaluating Francis, one theme was constant: Francis, the experts said, is a complete break from his predecessors, especially Benedict and John Paul II. The report will be in black and my comments in red.
How so, you ask? "In the words of Gerard Mannion, a theologian who helped organized (sic) the one-day event centered on Francis' apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium ("The Joy of the Gospel"): "There is no sugar-coating [it.]"
Calling the exhortation "ecclesiological dynamite," Mannion said "it is difficult for anyone working in fields such as ecclesiology to reach any conclusion other than the simple fact that on so many of the most important issues, there is very, very little substantive continuity with the ecclesial agenda of Pope Francis' predecessors."
This is Modernism at its worst. Wotyla and Ratzinger were heretics. Bergoglio is a complete apostate. He goes so far as to deny an objective moral order. Pope St. Pius X condemned the proposition of the Modernists: 58. Truth is no more immutable than man himself, since it evolved with him, in him, and through him. Read on.
The first session, focused on the apostolic exhortation's ecclesiology, or vision of the shape and structure of the global church, brought the most agreement among the experts present.
While they all did not put it in as sharp relief as Mannion, who at one point said Francis "wants to radically change how the church goes about its practice and business," they all agreed the shift in emphasis is real.
"This shift is new and substantial," said Dennis Doyle, a professor of religious studies at the Marianist-run University of Dayton in Ohio, who said Francis is bringing about a new "synthesis" between theological ideas and pastoral practices in the Catholic church.
Doyle said a small but key change you can see in Francis' exhortation is his repeated references to the church as the "People of God" -- the phrase used most frequently during the Second Vatican Council -- rather than the "Mystical Body of Christ," the phrase often preferred by Benedict or John Paul II.
Francis' focus on the "People of God," Doyle said, evinces "a church on a journey ... a church as yet unfinished." It is a church "that includes everyone, not just the clergy and the vowed religious," he said.
There are two important points to note: (1) The Church as "unfinished" and (2) the phrase "the People of God." As to the first, the idea of an unfinished Church should be as alien to the logical Catholic mind as a "married bachelor." According to Pope Leo XIII in Immortale Dei: "This society is made up of men, just as civil society is, and yet is supernatural and spiritual, on account of the end for which it was founded, and of the means by which it aims at attaining that end. Hence, it is distinguished and differs from civil society, and, what is of highest moment, it is a society chartered as of right divine, perfect in its nature and in its title, to possess in itself and by itself, through the will and loving kindness of its Founder, all needful provision for its maintenance and action." (Emphasis mine).
As to "People of God" replacing the term "Mystical Body of Christ", theologian Van Noort teaches: "The Roman Catholic Church is not merely the embodiment of the religion of Christ; it is, in a very real sense, the Body of Christ Himself.....This doctrine has been a treasured part of the deposit of faith right from the beginning. It came from the lips of the Master Himself during His earthly ministry." (Dogmatic Theology, II:216). "Feminist theologian" Rosemary Radford Ruether has written about the significance of this change from the "Mystical Body of Christ to the People of God; "Thus the shared baptism of all Christians (including members of non-Catholic churches) became the foundational ground of the church (sic). The ordained hierarchy were situated within the whole People of God as servants of a common mission and call to holiness, [that] they all share, rather than outside and above them as their source." (Emphasis mine).
Once again from a real theologian (Van Noort): "Members of the Church are all and only those who have received the sacrament of Baptism, and are not separated from unity of the profession of the Faith, or from hierarchical unity." In order to be a member of the Mystical Body of Christ which is identical to the Roman Catholic Church you must be (a) validly baptized, (b) not heretics, (c) not schismatics, and (d) not excommunicated. The People of God is "Frankenchurch." They "subsist" in the "Church of Christ" according to how many "elements" they possess. The Vatican II sect claims to have all the elements, but to have just some is ok too, and leads to salvation. (See Vatican II's Lumen Gentium). According to Pope Leo XIII, "To hold, therefore, that there is no difference in matters of religion between forms that are unlike each other, and even contrary to each other, most clearly leads in the end to the rejection of all religion in both theory and practice. And this is the same thing as atheism, however it may differ from it in name. Men who really believe in the existence of God must, in order to be consistent with themselves and to avoid absurd conclusions, understand that differing modes of divine worship involving dissimilarity and conflict even on most important points cannot all be equally probable, equally good, and equally acceptable to God." (op. cit. Paragraph #31).
Who but the willfully blind cannot see that the Roman Catholic Church is NOT the Vatican II sect, and Bergoglio cannot be pope? Well, the SSPX, "Fr" Z, and the other Vatican II apologists fall into that category. Antipope Francis gives an "encyclical" which his own theologians admit ruptures with the past--not merely pre-Vatican II--but even with notorious heretics Ratzinger and soon to be "saint" Wotyla. The SSPX has just put out an article entitled "Avoiding a False Spirit of Resistance" in which it is written
That being said, can we really consider this authority ("pope" and his so-called bishops) as working for the destruction of the Faith? It would seem more accurate to call it an authority that does not profess the Faith, or does not confess it in its integrity, and that professes truths that are dangerous or even against the Faith. For there is a distinction to be made between an intention to destroy the Faith and a effect that was not directly wished for. It is clear that this loss of the Faith is a consequence of the conciliar doctrine that has been professed for the past 50 years, but can we say that this was and still is the intention of its promoters? If such were the case, these authorities would no longer have the Faith and would no longer be formally Catholic, and to believe this would be implicitly sedevacantist. Absit. (Latin, loosely translated as "God forbid").
Are they for real? They didn't intend all this destruction? They now seem to want to use a weird "Principle of the Double Effect" to exonerate Bergoglio and the Modernists. Yes, they INTEND to preserve their delusion because they won't face the facts. Bergoglio is pushing for a One World Church and is getting there faster than anyone before. If his "ecclesiological dynamite" doesn't knock some Catholic sense in them, the next explosion they hear will be the last remnants of what was once Catholicism collapsing around them as they negotiate with the devil. Absit.