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Acts of the Apostasy fisks an NCR type January 2, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, sadness, scandals.

A very thorough fisking by Larry D here, of an article that appeared in that very sad publication, the National catholic Reporter.  A brief excerpt (LarryD’s comments in italics):

As life-giving as it is for me to attend meetings with progressive Catholics who are committed to inviting this institutional church into greater integrity and inclusion, [translation: the hierarchy are meanies] I always come away from these gatherings with a slight heaviness in my heart.

What weighs on me, I believe, is the palpable hurt in this group of faithful people whose expectations have been betrayed. [Betrayed? No – their expectations were wrong] In the late 1960s and through the 1970s it was not unreasonable for Catholics to believe that major reforms were beginning to unfold. [and most of those ‘reforms’ constituted the hermeneutic of rupture]

So often traditional Catholics make progressive Catholics feel like they are asking the impossible, or they are imposing their own secular needs on a church that is unchangeable. [let’s see…what things are the Catholycs ‘asking for’?…women’s ordination is impossible; gay sex is sinful; no such thing as gay marriage…gee, I wonder what could possibly give Catholycs such ideas?]………….Yes, it is painful to be alienated by the institutional church, and the hierarchy’s disempowering actions are spirit-breaking. [sniff sniff] But in these fragments of our shattered expectations we may find an opportunity to see God in the faces of the rejected believers, of the powerless ministers, of the isolated prophets. [question: can one really see God in the face of those who reject Christ’s teachings and His Church? Who reflects Christ more closely – Fr Barron or Fr Bourgeios? Mother Teresa or Sister Carol Keehan?]

Being free of the trappings of church authority has a way of illuminating the path of integrity, of true wholeness. [Yeah sure – ignoring Church teaching on homosexuality, for instance – there’s none of that icky guilt stuff getting in the way…] Working on the margins of religious institutions can allow us insight into where God is fully alive. [But…but God is everywhere, isn’t He? Isn’t that what these Catholycs preach? So isn’t He fully alive in the center of religious institutions, as well as at the margins? Remember that dichotomy earlier? Hypocritical] There is so much holiness brimming like living water on the margins of the parched desert of the institutional church. [translation: feeeeeeelllinnggss! whoa whoa feeeeeellllinnnnnggs! Many people confuse emotions of holiness with actual holiness.]

There is very much more at the link, so please go check all of it out.  While I may be tempted to go on a rant about the heresy expressed and the damage such views have done not just to the Church as an institution, but to the actual faith of millions of Catholics, I’m not going to.  Even before my long blogging break, I had been discerning a bit of a change of direction for this blog.  One thing I have been becoming increasingly aware of, as the Lord has patiently revealed it to me, is the need for humility and suffering to draw closer to the Lord, to be pleasing to God.  I don’t sense a willingness to be humble in the screed published on NCR, and I’m sure there’s been a whopping lack of humility in some (many?) of my own writings.  Now, extremism in defense of liberty, or the Truth revealed by Christ through His Church, may not be a vice, but I fear it may not be a virtue, either.  But when one is very far from the Truth, and yet casting aspersions left and right at the “institutional Church” (the heretic, in effect, calling the Church heretical), it is very hard to see humility.  And the suffering  described above is certainly self-inflicted, and will not be assuaged by the impossible, getting the Church to accept falsehood as somehow being Truth.

The Truth is unchanging.  How can one say that something that has always been viewed as sin, is not sin?  Why not just say Jesus didn’t rise from the grave?  There isn’t some aspect of Doctrine that is somehow able to be compromised, and some other aspects that aren’t.  The Truth of the Church is an unchanging whole.

All I can do is pray for the conversion of the many Catholics, mostly of a certain age, but some not, who were formed in a time of terrible turmoil and rank heresy and who have not been able to grow beyond that period of formation.  I pray they may come to accept the humility that comes from shucking off one’s cherished biases and opinions and following the Mind of the Church.  I pray I do that every day, and I know I miss the mark, but I don’t stand screaming, shaking my fist at the Church telling it how wrong it is.  I pick myself back up from my ego-slip and try again, and again, and again.  I try to emulate behaviors of the Saints, that made them successful in the eyes of the Lord.  And I pray that I may do God’s Will and not my own.

I am not humble, but I am trying to be.  Humility is a long step towards sainthood, and I pray I may become more and more humble and less and less in love with me.  I pray many others will do the same.


1. thewhitelilyblog - January 2, 2011

Me, too!

I have the Litany of Humility on my blog, and a friend asked if that weren’t a contradiction in terms. Yeppers. I don’t pray it enough, either!

We have to walk a fine line. We have to face some hard facts and yet be compassionate. Anybody who says that’s easy just isn’t doing it. You have to face your gay friend and say, I love you, stop doing this. (When my own heart is telling me–and even St. Thomas a Kempis is telling me, when he counsels Silence Silence Silence–to not say anything at all,to keep to myself.)(By the way, you can listen to that as an audio book here:http://www.gutenberg.org/files/26222/26222-index.html )

I think my New Year’s resolution was to not comment anymore on blogs. I’m working on a science fiction novel, but not enough–if God really wants me to do that, which is debatable.

By the way, did you know that Mother Theresa did not offer the Faith to her dying? That the order still does not? I think about that often. I discovered that the Women’s Center where I volunteered does not offer the Faith, ever, to the women they give baby clothes to. It takes a long while to discover this because everything in the back of the house is so Catholic, even with a 24 hour adoration chapel. But whether the woman was aborting, and changed her mind, or never was aborting but just came for help, whether she said she was Catholic or not, she is never offered any word of the Faith. Only ‘faith lite,’ what anyone could say–god with a small gee. Never to offend anyone. (This is true of the entire pro-life movement, by the way. Just begin to investigate any of the counseling offered women who aborted. Strictly secular counseling–which totally stinks, is comletely empty, helps no one, ever. Ever.)

Now for me, the one thing the dying and women need is Christ. Everything else is not as needed. So this leaves me in a tough spot. At my post outside the Washington Street abortion clinic on Saturdays, my one little friend and I give the only Catholic brochure for post-abortion women, one that offers the Faith, and confession and communion, as healing. (I did quit volunteering at that women’s center. They asked what they could do to change, so that I would come back. I said offer baptism to those babies. They have not gotten back to me yet.)

Happy new year, cowboy. I think your resolution is too vague to work well. What else? (Like, less vague: pray the Litany of Humility every day and perform some act you consider to be humbling enough to smart. Hmmm? Am I hired?)

2. LarryD - January 5, 2011

Thanks for the link. And Happy New Year!

Humility – yeah, I need to work on that too. I’m not always successful in practicing that one.

tantamergo - January 5, 2011

I’m the opposite of successful. But, I try not to yell at the Church and say it needs to change unchanging Truth.

You had a commenter on your site, under the post on whether catholycs would join the Church if they were not already in, try to say that abortion, contraception, etc,. were not magisterially defined as infallible. That statement is false, but plays to a new angle dissenting theologians have been trying to play up, which is that any item not specifically defined in a council, or by the Pope Ex Cathedra, is not infallible. This is impossible, for the Ressurrection was never defined by those two means. Numerous other Dogmas were also not so defined, so the entire Faith would fall apart if that standard were adhered to.

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