Sophia Institute Press, founded in 1987, dedicates itself to the publication and distribution of "faithful Catholic classics" in books. Recently, I was at a book sale held by a Traditionalist Chapel. To my surprise, books by Fr. Romano Guardini (e.g., The Spirit of the Liturgy) were more popular than I had imagined. What many people probably don't realize is that this priest was another Modernist "snake in the grass," paving the way to the Great Apostasy of Vatican II. I hope this post will alert my readers to who Guardini really was, and expose the false idea he was a "traditional priest."
Born in 1885, Romano Guardini was ordained a priest in 1910. He received his doctorate in theology in 1915 with his dissertation on St. Bonaventure. In 1945, he was a professor of philosophy at the University of Tubingen, where his emphasis on personalism had him suspect of heresy by the Holy Office under Cardinal Ottaviani. He had a huge impact in both his teachings and who he influenced (Ratzinger, Montini, etc) that would bear its evil fruit at Vatican II. He died in 1968.
Guardini The Modernist
- He embraced the phenomenologist philosopher Max Scheler, a man who wrote that humanity should reject the "prejudices" of philosophy, religion, and science; Christianity must be studied and deconstructed in order for man to be free. Phenomenology attempts to base human knowledge on the "phenomena," i.e., what appears to the human mind, rather than on an exploration of external reality. Whether a thing truly exists or not is unimportant to a phenomenologist; only what he cogitates exists for him. You can't prove the existence of God because you can never know things-in-themselves, only things-as-they appear. Moreover, phenomenology describes "meaning" as the combined observations of a multitude of observers, past, present, and future. Thus, meaning can never be isolated. This philosophy is one of the Modernist "subjectivist" philosophies, basing itself not on an external reality or standard, but upon one's own personal conceptions. Thus, it easily leads to moral relativism and dependence upon personal or subjective opinion.
- In 1954, Karol Wojtyła, ("Pope" John Paul II), defended his doctoral thesis on "An Evaluation of the Possibility of Constructing a Christian Ethics on the Basis of the System of Max Scheler." Wotyla had previously studied at the Angelicum, where the great anti-Modernist theologian Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, was his mentor. Wojtyla, having rejected the teachings of Aquinas, was following the philosophy that he wanted, that of existentialism (another brand of subjectivist philosophy). Therefore, his dissertation, “Faith according to St. John of the Cross,” was criticized and rejected by Fr. Garrigou Lagrange, because it supported the ideas of the Modernists who claimed that Faith is based on personal experience. It is reported that the great Thomist wrote on Wotyla's dissertation, "Writes much. Says little."
- Guardini, in turn, strongly influenced Modernists like Hans Urs von Balthasar, Giovanni Montini ("Pope"Paul VI), Karl Rahner and Joseph Ratzinger.
- His ideas were part of the Modernist apostasy of Vatican II. Guardini's idea that "liturgy is play in God's presence" came out in the Novus Bogus bread and wine service of 1969.
- As early as 1927, Guardini offered Mass "versus populum" (facing the people) and in the vernacular (German). The Modernist bishops of the Rhineland were successful in protecting him.
- In 1965, Montini ("Pope" Paul VI) offered to make Guardini a "cardinal," but he refused, being already 80 years old.
- He was the last theologian quoted by Ratzinger as false "Pope" Benedict, and is both admired and oft-quoted by Frankie. Bergoglio actually quoted him eight times in his "encyclical" Laudato Si, on environmentalism.
- His book, The Spirit of the Liturgy, so inspired Ratzinger, he wrote a book by the same title in 2000.
Proponent of the Contraceptive Mentality
- Guardini's personalism, led to the idea of unrestricted use of Natural Family Planning (NFP).
- Accrording to this erroneous view, the fulfillment and mutual love of the married couple is at least equal to (if not greater than) the begetting of children.
- If you can, without serious reason and for a short time, purposefully frustrate the marital act from its primary purpose of having children; how does this differ from artificial contraception except in the means used?
- In this way, NFP can be abused as a way to remain childless.
- In his famous Address to Midwives on Oct. 29,1951, Pope Pius XII taught: "Now, the truth of the matter is that marriage, as a natural institution and in virtue of the Creator's holy will, has as its primary and most intimate end, not the spouses' personal fulfillment, but the procreation and education of new life. The other goals in marriage, although also designed and intended by nature, are not to be found at the level of the primary end of marriage and, even less, are they to be considered superior to them, but are indeed essentially subordinated to them."(Emphasis mine) The pontiff further explained, "This holds true for each and every marriage, even when barren or infertile; just as in the case of every eye we may affirm that it has been formed and destined for sight, although some unusual cases do sometimes occur where, through some circumstances, either interior or exterior, it happens that an eye may be struck by blindness."
- Pope Pius XII further rebukes the personalist error in this Address: "...the selfish couple will have recourse to a whole litany of enticing remarks and observations as a foundation to a rosy pipe dream of a married life wherein the spouses wastefully use up a whole wealth of particular natural gifts, qualities and energies which nature, together with God's grace, have so evidently designed and directed toward the continuation and multiplication of human life."
Fr. Romano Guardini's books remain popular among some Traditionalists. You might want to move them in your library from "Devotional Books" to "Know Thy Enemy."