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I swear I did not do this! March 2, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, North Deanery, scandals.
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Someone has been doing some additional research on Dr. Richard Gaillardetz (pronounced gah-lard-eez), the University of Toledo ‘theologian’ who will be the speaker at the upcoming Lenten retreat being held at St. Mark the Evangelist in Plano.  Although I have been quite concerned about bringing Dr. Gaillardetz to speak on marital (or several other) matters, this is not my work.  Check this out:

I know that a number of people have been concerned about this conference, and the defense that “he’s a theologian, it’s a theologian’s job to question the Church” doesn’t hold water, in particular his views on ‘non-traditional married unions’ and contraception.  Given that one primary topic Dr. Gaillardetz will be discussing is the Sacrament of Matrimony, it’s a good bet that questions on the Church’s doctrine on contraception and gay marriage will come up.  Will Dr. Gaillardetz present the Church’s infallible doctrine on these subjects clearly, or will he interpret it through dissenting beliefs?  That’s a serious question, and judging from his commentary on this blog, it’s not one that I think can be answered positively from an orthodox viewpoint. 

I had read, with great dismay, Gaillardetz’ argument that items not dogmatically defined by Church councils, but those traditional items believed by the Church that are defined through the Magisterium and through certain Papal authorities (the ordinary universal magisterium) may not constitute truly infallible teachings, but only are infallible insofar as they remain ‘uncontroversial.’  Once they become ‘controversial,’ these teachings would no longer be infallible.  My jaw hit the floor when, being pressed by another theologian, Dr. Lawrence Welch, Dr. Gaillardetz asserted that even such a part of the ordinary universal magisterium as the RESURRECTION could become controversial, and, thus, fallible.  In essence, anything that is not dogmatically and specifically defined by a Church council could become a fallible, less than certain doctrine of the Church.  Anything.   And who typically generates this controversy?  Why, theologians, like Dr. Gaillardetz!   One could wonder at the emotions in play as a theologian arrogates to himself and other theologians the authority to dictate the doctrine of the Church. 

Dr. Gaillardetz shares this view with one of his heroes and mentors, Richard McBrien, that well known Notre Dame ‘theologian’ and dissenter from too  many Church doctrines to list.  Both have argued it would be reasonable to replace the current magisterium with one consisting of…….wait for it……theologians!  It’s nothing if not ironic. 

This may sound like a small thing, but  it’s huge.  As I’ve read more on Gaillardetz, I’ve become convinced that he thinks all teachings of the Church, save for those dogmatically defined in a Church council, are up for grabs, in a sense, and subject to a continuing reevaluation based on the mores of the faithful at the time.  It is very hard not to see this as moral relativism.  I’m not the only one who sees Gaillardetz views of the authority of the Church in the magisterium as a view tending towards legitimizing cafeteria catholicism.

.pdf of the flier below.   I believe you are free to pass it around, if you so wish.

Dr Gaillardetz flyer1

Cross posted at www.dfwcatholic.org

UPDATE: ELEVENTY!!1!!1  According to the review in This Rock magazine, Gaillardetz rejects the REAL PRESENCE of Christ in the Eucharist, and believes that the Mass is a community meal, not a sacrifice offered to God for our salvation.  It also appears that continuing public revelation, which ended with the death of the Apostle John, is not only continuing, according to Gaillardetz, but also might extend to the Quran and Hindu texts.  That’s great!

I had a 2nd update here, but I deleted it.  At one point it looked like Dr. Gaillardetz did support the belief in the Real Presence. After more research, I found Dr. Gaillardetz does deny the Real, Physical presence of Christ in the Eucharist – p. 8 of By What Authority…..“In the Eucharist, Christ is encountered in a manner that we speak of as sacramental but not physical.”  This is not somebody’s analysis, or my own, but his own words, in his book By What Authority: A Primer on Scripture, the Magisterium and the Sense of the Faithful (The Liturgical Press, 2003).

Some disturbing news on Catholic youth March 2, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, Society.
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There has been some disturbing news of late regarding young Catholics and their moral formation.  First, 65% of Catholic young adults (18-29) believe that homosexual sex is either a moral good (!!) or morally meaningless.   This is contrary to what the Church teaches on this subject.  Look, if you want to believe gay sex is a good thing, fine, but that’s not the Roman Catholic viewpoint, and actively engaging in such acts has always been viewed as a serious sin.   So, these ‘millenial’ Catholics are conflating a serious sin with something morally good or ambivalent.  This is a failure of formation, pure and simple.  While the culture, influenced by a wealthy and highly effective lobby, has been shouting to the rooftops that homosexual activities are natural, normal, and even chic, the Church obviously has not gotten it’s 2000 year teaching through to most young people.   There are good signs however – these millenials are opposed to abortion and adultery. 

But not opposed to premarital sex.  This brings me to the second, more concerning article – Catholic female college students, enrolled in nominally Catholic colleges, are far more promiscuous than students enrolled at non-religious colleges, and waaay more so than those enrolled at evangelical colleges that take their faith very seriously.  This is like a punch to the gut, but it confirms what we’ve heard before.   Catholic colleges, with a very few exceptions, are no longer places that support, defend, and strengthen the faith of its students, but have become wordly to an extent that they actively destroy the faith of those who enter under their rooves.  

It’s important to note that this study was not conducted by an organization that may have an agenda, but by researchers at Mississippi State.  The most damning statement of the study’s authors: “our findings might instead suggest that not all religiously affiliated colleges and universities constitute ‘moral communities.”  What does this mean?  While Catholic colleges may call themselves Catholic, that is nothing more than a name, and those colleges do not constitute a moral center, or a center of the faith.  There are exceptions, Wy0ming Catholic College, Franciscan in Steubenville, Benedictine College in KS, even the University of Dallas still has a fairly vibrant Catholic ethos, despite Milam Joseph’s worst efforts.  But at all of the really famous Catholic colleges – DePaul, Loyola, Xavier, Boston College, Georgetown, Notre Dame, and many, many others – the Catholic faith is either an occasional appendage worn to attract donations, or has been shoved into a dusty closet never to be thought of, let alone talked about.  Such is the fruit of the dreadful ‘Land O’ Lakes conference.’  A vibrant system of faithful colleges was turned, intentionally, into a set of CINO institutions.  All in the name of pride and prestige. 

Oh, and 80% of Catholic college students think contraception is A-OK, which may come from the universities, or their parents.  Kinda hard to tell at this point.

Cross posted at www.dfwcatholic.com

This is getting out of hand March 2, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in foolishness, General Catholic, Society.
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Some horribly deranged, unhinged environmental extremists killed themselves, their 2 year old son, and left their infant daughter for dead with a bullet in her chest.  She survived for three days until someone came by to check on the family.  The reason?  ‘Concern over global warming.’  Uhhh…….that’s more than concern, that’s complete batdung insanity. 

Maybe we should haev seen this coming.  We’ve had women in the UK abort their children so they won’t increase their carbon footprint (or, at least they can “offset” their vacation in the Seychelles).  We have folks in Europe and here who are trying to pay poor Africans to abort their children.  We have major political ministers in Europe and in the US (Obama’s science adviser John Holdren) arguing that the entire world should be forced to adopt a one or two child policy a la China.  Yes, the global warming death cult is growing, and coming soon to a community near you! 

There is a religious fervor at the extreme end of the environmental movement.  This makes sense, as we all have an innate need for God, and since essentially all of these extremists reject God, they turn their nutty passion for the environment into their religion.  In fashionable parts of Europe and among certain elite Americans, I can assure there that there is a far greater prevalence of belief in the absolute certitude that global warming is real, caused by man, and is going to destroy the world, than there is in even a vague notion of God.  These people have turned God out of their lives, and now fall for whatever the latest ginned up disaster motif is being peddled by the scientific schiesters out there.

It’s like Chesterton said: “….the first effect of not believing in God is that you lose your common sense.”