What it means to be Catholic September 6, 2013Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, Bible, catachesis, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, reading, sadness, scandals, secularism, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
From Fr. Arnold Damen, SJ, from a 19th century treatise on sources of Divine Revelation. What it means to be Catholic, in response to the errors perpetuated by self-serving individuals who try to pretend that one can reject all manner of Church Doctrine and yet still remain “Catholic.”
As usual, I add emphasis and comments.
We must have Faith in order to be saved, and we must have Divine Faith, not human faith. Human faith will not save a man, but only Divine Faith. What is Divine Faith? It is to believe, upon the authority of God, the truths that God has revealed; that is Divine Faith. [Well, that blows just about the entire Jesuit order out of the water, doesn't it? Especially those poor lost souls who produced this execrable video series encouraging sodomy?] To believe all that God has taught upon the authority of God, and to believe without doubting, without hesitation; for the moment you commence to doubt or hesitate, that moment you commence to mistrust the authority of God, and, therefore, insult God by doubting His word. Divine Faith, therefore, is to believe without doubting, without hesitating. Human faith is when we believe a thing upon the authority of men — on human authority. That is human faith. But Divine Faith is to believe without doubting, without hesitating, whatsoever God has revealed upon the authority of God, upon the Word of God. [And this is where trust in Scripture and Tradition becomes paramount. Many souls think that Scripture is not really the inspired, inerrant Word of God. Oh, they may believe some of the highlights that appeal to them (thus, the dread effects of protestant private interpretation), or they may think more or less the whole thing is bunk, in which case, they are really just agnostics. But all faithful Catholics must believe that Sacred Scripture is the inspired, inerrant Word of God, and all the Tradition that flows from that. Those who do not accept that Divine Source of Revelation that is Sacred Scripture (and Tradition), are not Catholic]
You hear it said nowadays in this Nineteenth Century of little faith that it matter not what religion a man professes, providing he be a good man. That is heresy, my dear people, and I will prove it to you to be such. If it be a matter of indifference what a man believes, providing he be a good man, why then it is useless for God to make any revelation whatever. [Exactly. If what religion a man possesses doesn't matter - and this is something John Locke and the other enlightenment deists deliberately made a foundational aspect of their program for "liberty" aimed at undermining and crippling the Church - then none of any of this matters, and the Faith is a lie. Why did God bother to become Incarnate and die the most horrific death possible, if, in the end, none of this matters, and "good" men all go to Heaven? What defines "good," anyways? If you're talking the world's sense of "good," often that is very far from what the Lord knows to be good.] If a man is at liberty to reject what God revealeth, what use for Christ to send out His Apostles and disciples to teach all nations, if those nations are at liberty to believe or reject the teachings of the Apostles or disciples? You see at once that this would be insulting God.
If God reveals a thing or teaches a thing, He means to be believed. He wants to be believed whenever He teaches or reveals a thing. Man is bound to believe whatsoever God has revealed, for, my dear people, we are bound to worship God, both with our reason and intellect, as well as with our heart and will. God is master of the whole man. He claims his will, his heart, his reason, and his intellect. [Therefore, to be Catholic means to accept with Divine Faith all the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church. Nothing more, nothing less. But heresy and apostasy are rampant, probably 90%, or more, of self-described Catholics reject at least one Dogma]
All so very true. We must inculcate in our Catholic brethren that the idea of private interpretation they have absorbed from the protestant/secular pagan dominated culture is a LIE of monstrous proportions, a lie which if accepted leaves their soul tenuously dangling over the yawning maw of hell. We must reject these errors of people who try to compartmentalize the Faith and force It to conform to their wishes, lusts, and desires, rather than conforming themselves to Scripture, Tradition, and all the Dogmas of the Faith. We must do so with great love, but we must do it. If we know cafeteria Katholycs, we need to try, very hard but with great prudence and charity, to challenge them on their (probably unthinking) assumptions. If we know protestants, we must reveal to them the duplicitous illogic of private revelation, the fruit of which has been a never-ending multiplication of sects with no end in site, the Unity Christ prayed for His Church being made a mockery by the very system that purported to “save” Christ from the Church.
It will be painful. We will annoy others. They may get very angry. It may wound close relationships. But we have to do it. Charity demands it, and God will ask us, at our judgment, why we did not care enough to try to convert our most cherished friends and family.