Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Throwing Out The Supernatural; A Logical Leap Into Heresy

 In his most recent book, Joseph Ratzinger, aka "Pope" Benedict XVI, declares that there is no evidence in that angels sang at the Christ child's birth. Although a common prop in Christmas stories and songs, the Scriptures do not mention it. The Bible doesn't mention many things, but there are TWO sources of Divine Revelation, Scripture and Tradition. Ratzinger, in true Modernist fashion wants to "de-mythologize" the Bible and Tradition, which means miracles and any mention of the Supernatural must be eliminated or explained away. As Bishop Sanborn puts it:

Likewise Ratzinger denies the dogma of the general resurrection from the dead. In  Introduction to Christianity, he says:

“It now becomes clear that the real heart of faith in the resurrection does not consist at all in the idea of the restoration of bodies.” (page 349) Referring to the biblical pronouncements concerning the general resurrection, he says:“Their essential content is not the conception of a restoration of bodies to souls after a long interval…” (page 353) “This resurrection [of the body] would also imply — or so it seems at any rate — a new heaven and a new earth; it would require immortal bodies needing no sustenance and a completely different condition of matter. But is this not all completely absurd, quite contrary to our understanding
of matter and its modes of behavior, and therefore hopelessly mythological?” (page 348)

Really? St. Peter did not find the idea of a new heaven and earth “completely absurd,” as Ratzinger does, for he says in his Second Epistle: “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of the Lord, by which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved,and the elements shall melt with the burning heat? But we look for new heavens and a new earth according to his promises, in which justice dwelleth.” (III:12-13)

What is the teaching of the Catholic Church? It does not findthe resurrection of the body to be “hopelessly mythological.” The Second Council of Lyons, held in 1274, teaches:

“The same most holy Roman Church firmly believes and firmly declares that on the day of judgement all men will be brought together with their bodies before the tribunal of Christ to render an account of their own deeds.”

This is solemn magisterium. The denial of it would be heresy.

You do the logic.







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