Scarcely two heads who agree together

Theology by BalooEvery now and then I browse through a large religious book shop which carries both Catholic and Protestant titles together with a number of oriental contributions. In a recent visit to the shop I made a point of noticing content from the particular vantage point of disagre-ement among authors. Conflict abounds. Secularist tendencies oppose funda-mentalist, and vice versa. Liberation theologians reject the work of non liberationists, and again vice versa. Feminists are at odds with non feminists. Christology from above differs from Christology from below as does a ‘creation-centred spirituality’ from Trinitarian centred. Theology messScripture studies are beset with the mutually contra-dictory positions of extreme critics on the left to evangelical critics in the middle and fundamentalist writers on the right. Papalist forces contend with anti-papalist. There are hundreds of shades of Protestant thought, many of them incompatible with one another as well as with Catholic theology.  In the area of concrete gospel living there is activism as opposed to mysticism and individualistic tendencies at odds with communitarian.

For anyone interested in objective truth and solid certitude the experience is depressing in the extreme.

Theology by C & H

We can find the same phenomena if we examine the thousands of papers read each year in philosophical and religious meetings. We cannot disagree with Pope Benedict when he remarks that philosophy has been ‘utterly torn in shreds’ to the point that its ‘practitioners understand one another less and less, there being found among them scarcely two heads who agree together’.

Theologians are hardly in a better situation. We must ask how disciplines so torn apart in their very membership can expect to command respect in other academic communities and among the simple faithful.

Mutual rejection among so many scripture scholars and theologians is one matter. Rejection of an authoritative Magisterium is quite another – even though the latter clearly promotes the former. Serious and moderate scholars have begun to note that much of current doctrinal rejection is not mere academic investigation. It implies a loss of faith, in most cases. These are hard words, no doubt, but they merit attention.

Theology by PinnockChristopher Derrick is plain: “There has been a widespread loss of faith among the Catholic scholars; many of those concerned are unwilling to face the fact of their loss and therefore desire most urgently (and at any cost in intellectual absurdity) that Roman Catholicism should somehow trans-mogrify itself into something in which they still do believe – into a vague pan-Anglican Christianity, perhaps, or some kind of social welfare humanism, garnished with a topping of Catholic terminology”.

According to St. Thomas the person who embraces heresy regarding one article of faith has, regarding all the other articles, not faith but only ‘an opinion according to his own will’.

Theology by Hagar

This phenomenon is nothing new in the history of the Church. Newman’s struggles with nineteenth-century ecclesiastical liberalism present many points of contact with our struggles of today. The main difference is that the ecclesiastical left today is far more extreme than it was in his day, whereas the right today is less extreme.

We are all familiar with the confusions and doubts extensively spread among the faithful by dissenting theologians and their disciples today.  These doubts entail enormous pastoral problems.  Only when we realize how the New Testament requires unhesitating certitude about Jesus and His message as proposed by the Church will we be able to appreciate the extent of the damage dissent has done among our people. When confusion and doubt are viewed through naturalistic eyes, they may appear to be of minimal concern, but when they are seen through the eyes of the Lord and his Apostles, they assume gigantic proportions.


26 Responses to “Scarcely two heads who agree together”

  1. 1 Wendell October 29, 2009 at 23:17

    Well, well, well, another deep reflection, Gabriella — and you mention Christopher Derrick, my favourite author and book reviewer!
    Did you know his father was a famous cartoonist?

  2. 2 Kieran October 29, 2009 at 23:22

    I’ve come to the conclusion that
    a good Catholic must learn how to
    be very discerning with books
    on religion. I’ve learnt to order
    solely from Tan Books or Angelus
    Press or any of the bookshops that
    turn up when you google search for
    “Traditional Catholic Books”


  3. 3 Ruben Vidal October 30, 2009 at 00:14

    HAHA I understand the confusion 😀

    Try this for good Catholic books:

  4. 4 Benedek October 30, 2009 at 00:35

    Fifty years have passed and let’s just look around us.
    It is time to revisit and reform the Second Vatican Catastrophe.

    This year, some blinkeredly optimistic souls have been trying – without much real hope – to persuade Catholics to “celebrate” the 50th anniversary of the announcement of the Second Vatican Council. This was the great “renewal”, when the Holy Ghost inspired the Church to aggiornamento, or modernisation.

    To describe this unprecedented collapse of the Church as “renewal” is insane; to attribute it to the operation of the Holy Ghost is blasphemous.

    The only remotely celebratory response to the Council’s 50th anniversary would be to appoint a commission of orthodox theologians to scrutinise all of Vatican II’s documents and correct their errors. It is time to revisit and reform this council that has brought forth such poisonous fruits.

  5. 6 Cinzia October 30, 2009 at 01:28

    Gabriella I loved the cartoons! Especially the first one 🙂

    In my simple mind and simple faith I just read the gospels, believe and try to follow what Jesus says which is always clear and straightforward, read a bit of Chesterton, blogs like this one, and now (thanks to Andrea’s suggestion) The Imitation of Christ.

    I know that is pretty weak … but I don’t understand big, fancy, complicated stuff of any kind, including deep theology such as St Thomas Aquinas … 😦

    So the above “little” is enough for me. No risk of getting confused.

    One has to empathise with the Holy Father … what a massive battle he has on his hands, on every front!! We need to back him up not just with prayers, but in a tangible way. That’s what I say. We should introduce him to this blog, for starters, so he can see how much support he gets from us.

    Well, that’s my poor contribution for today. God bless and wishing you all a great weekend. Your virtual friend 🙂

  6. 7 churchmouse October 30, 2009 at 09:18

    Excellent post, Gabriella — there is much on which to reflect here. Great use of cartoons, too!

    Thank you for another great essay.

  7. 8 Ron October 30, 2009 at 09:35

    I’m with Churchmouse and Benedek all the way! 🙂

    Gabriella, you’re talking about the new theologians, the modern intelligentsia, and I’m with you here.

    They do indeed create confusion and from their writings one gathers their hidden unbelief but unfounded doubt arises from our woundedness because a believer has a strong sense of discernment.

    Just as there is something wrong in the digestive and nutritive processes of a person who cannot eat and retain good food, so there is something amiss in an individual who cannot establish a normal contact with reality through a healthy knowing process.

    The problem is deeper than intellect. It lies on the affective-volitional level. Crises of faith, for example, are seldom chiefly an intellectual matter. They can be complex and are always implicated to a greater or lesser degree with emotion and will. “When one has discussed these things with many people” says Guardini, “one soon notices that the arguments put forward are in no proportion to the conclusions drawn from them. They are, for the most part, characterized by a peculiar over-emphasis, passion or bitterness or defiance, which points to something deeper than the reasons that are advanced – all the more so since the language which the objector uses is generally that of mere intellectual discussion, in which deep personal experience has no part..”

  8. 9 Kaede Sachi October 30, 2009 at 10:06

    Bad earthquake in my town today. 😦
    Please pray for us.

  9. 10 African Observer October 30, 2009 at 12:42

    There is a frightful confusion, agreed. Some of this, I’m afraid, comes as a result of actions, words and omissions from the very top positions of the Church itself. An example that springs to mind:

    The Assisi prayer gatherings of 1986 and 2002 were particularly disturbing. Nowhere in the history of the Catholic Church, nor even in the documents of Vatican II, has it ever been considered permissible — let alone salutary — to pray with non-Christians, much less to invite them to pray to their false gods for worldly favours. A Fr. Brian Harrison, in his time, noted the grave seriousness of such a situation:

    “What other impression than a verdict of “more-or-less-good-and-praiseworthy” is left when the Roman pontiff invites Jewish, Islamic, pantheistic and polytheistic religious leaders to come and practice their respective forms of worship inside Catholic churches and religious houses, offering to each group space and facilities for that purpose? How does such an invitation escape the charge of formal cooperation in the objectively sinful practice of pagan worship? How will it in any way help to persuade those invited non-Christians, and their millions of followers, that Jesus Christ is the only Saviour?” (letter to Inside the Vatican, April 2002)

    Another example?

    JPII,in his time, presented the last two Anglican “Archbishops of Canterbury” with pectoral crosses, a symbol traditionally given by the Bishop of Rome only to Catholic bishops. And the Holy Father kissed the “episcopal” ring of Rowan Williams, the Anglican prelate most recently installed at Canterbury, despite the fact that he has knowingly ordained practicing homosexual men to the Anglican ministry, strongly favors priestesses and bishopettes (including lesbians), and considers the Virgin Birth an open question.

    Yet other examples?

    The principle of ‘dialogue’ is invoked to explain and excuse all sorts of public behavior on the part of high-ranking Church officials that would have been grounds for deposition in any century before Vatican II. In the name of inter-religious dialogue Cardinal Law entered an Islamic mosque and prayed to Allah (Boston Globe, Nov. 25, 2002), Cardinal George participated in a pagan “cleansing ritual” (The Wanderer, Aug. 8, 2002), and the Holy Father himself kissed the Koran (Catholic World News, June 3, 1999).

    One could conceivably consider all the above as mere acts of ‘courtesy’, but they are and remain, no matter which we we look at them, as acts that cause frightful confusion among faithful Catholics.

    Thankfully we are allowed to make known our views: Canon Law is clear about this:

    “[The faithful] have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence, and position, to manifest to the sacred pastors [bishops] their views on matters that concern the good of the Church. They have the right also to make their views known to others of Christ’s faithful, but in doing so must always respect the integrity of faith and morals, show due reverence to the pastors, and take into account both the common good and the dignity of individuals.” (Canon Law 212)

    Conclusion: In Catholicism it is the man — even the Roman pontiff — who must conform to the Faith in both word and deed.

    With regard to the Church’s doctrine, the pope is of course its guardian and not its creator. He is bound to preserve the deposit of Faith intact and without innovation. As Vatican I stated: “For the Holy Spirit promised to the successors of Peter, not that they would unfold new doctrine which he revealed to them, but that, with his assistance, they would piously guard and faithfully expound the revelation or deposit of faith handed on through the Apostles” (Pastor Aeternus, #7).

  10. 11 Victor S E Moubarak October 30, 2009 at 13:36

    I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me. John 14:6.

  11. 12 Bill Turner October 30, 2009 at 14:45

    Great observation, African observer 😉
    and Victor’s “cherry on the top” says it all!

    Most of the frightful confusion certainly comes as a result of actions, words and omissions from the very top positions – many confusing actions by JPII and the bishops surrounding him (a step at a time Benedict XVI is nominating others in the place of many which have erred).

    One is hard pressed to understand how the Catholic Church can maintain meaningful “dialogue” — let alone religious collaboration — with those who are so obtuse as to deny that a pre-born baby is a human being or that sodomy is evil. Surely the Holy Father believes what he and the Church teach about Catholic morality, but when he consorts with and honors pro-abortion and pro-sodomy leaders of all religious stripes, faithful Catholics are left wondering how firmly he stands for Catholic morality.

    Some years ago I called the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., to ask why a pro-abortion Jewish rabbi had been invited to the cathedral to participate with Bishop George Lucas in an “Interfaith Worship Service” entitled “Neighbors Mirroring the Image of God.” When I asked how the diocese could, at a gathering so-titled, honor someone who doesn’t even believe that pre-born babies bear the image of God in sufficient measure to protect them from arbitrary execution, I was read a statement by Bishop Lucas stating that he is following the example of the Holy Father (then, JPII) by maintaining lines of dialogue even with people with whom he has disagreements.
    Indeed, as African observer states, the principle of dialogue is invoked to explain and excuse all sorts of public behavior on the part of high-ranking Church officials that would have been grounds for deposition in any century before Vatican II. In the name of inter-religious dialogue Cardinal Law enters an Islamic mosque and prays to Allah, Cardinal George participates in a pagan “cleansing ritual”, and the Holy Father kisses the Koran and invites pagans of all stripes to Assisi to pray to their false gods for world peace!
    Yes, the Assisi prayer gatherings are particularly disturbing.

    And look at our liturgy! The vision of an ever-evolving and inculturated (a culture-determined) liturgy which emanates from the very top of the Church’s hierarchy tends materially to undermine the work of groups such as Adoremus, which seek to move the Novus Ordo Mass in a more traditional direction. While the present Holy Father is certainly tolerant of an Adoremus-style celebration of the Novus Ordo, it cannot be said that he actively promotes (he much prefers the Extraordinary Form). But look at all JPII’s public Masses. They were frequently worlds apart from the kind of liturgical celebration argued for by Adoremus. And the “progressive” nature of papal Masses was far from accidental, given that since 1987 JPII had as his Master of Pontifical Ceremonies one Piero Marini. Marini was the personal secretary of none other than Mgsr. Annibale Bugnini, the chief architect of the liturgical “reforms” that have resulted in what the great liturgical scholar Msgr. Klaus Gamber has called “real destruction of the traditional Mass, the traditional Roman rite with a history of more than one thousand years.” Marini is by any historical standard considered a liturgical radical and yet he was supported by most Italian bishops and cardinals and was given by the Pope a wide latitude in crafting the most widely viewed Masses in the entire Church.

    I don’t envy our current Pope at all – dispelling all this confusion will take more than a lifetime!

    Who was it who prophetized that satan would be let loose in this world for a century? This century must have been the twentieth!

  12. 13 Deanna October 30, 2009 at 16:23

    I think both African Observer and Bill Turner have read the now famous provocative feature article by David Palm published in the “New Oxford Review” 🙂
    In this article Palm gently but firmly overcomes his own resistance to face the fact of confusion emanating from the hierarchy of the Church itself. Examining positions that the Vatican has taken on such matters as the death penalty, the question of universalism, honoring heretics, praying with pagans, and rewarding liturgical abuse, Palm draws some very painful conclusions. I think his article was also published in “The Rock”.
    He states facts and he says the truth!

  13. 14 Llewellyn October 30, 2009 at 16:46

    The world is now being turned over to those we as Church failed to properly catechize. The citadels of contemporary popular culture have fallen into the hands of those who have either only the faintest notion of what Christianity is and how indispensable it is to the survival of our civilization or who have only thinly disguised contempt for our religious patrimony.

    At an earlier stage of our present crisis, Hans Urs von Balthasar, pointing to “the confusion of clerics and theologians,” insisted that lay Catholics “have the absolute duty to care for the condition of Catholicity,” adding with emphasis, “by protest if need be.” For a Catholic sensibility, of course, protest is always a last resort, and there are today enough signs of episcopal and clerical revitalization to make even less justified. But the lay Catholic’s obligation—in proportion to his or her respective gifts and competence—to “care for the condition of Catholicity” remains.

    As distressing as our current situation can seem, we must keep before us the injunction we receive from the First Letter of Peter, that we must always be prepared to account for the hope we have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15). We must realize how hopeless a Christless world was and is and always will be.

    • 15 churchmouse October 30, 2009 at 18:49

      Thank you, Llewellyn — you’re 100% on the mark with ‘those we as a Church failed to properly catechise’. And, both Catholics and Protestants are reaping the dubious ‘harvest’ from that. Gabriella’s post and these comments ably relate the Catholic story. Whilst we are having this discussion, Evangelicals (and other denominations) are dealing with the emergent church.

      The reason all of these movements and perspectives are in the ascendant is because people don’t know what they believe — because they aren’t taught what to believe anymore. That started with many of us who are 50 years old and younger. So, all this ‘stuff’ (there’s no dignified term for it) looks mighty appealing to Catholics and other Christians who don’t understand the doctrines of their church — even though they receive Communion, have been confirmed and ensure their children are baptised into the faith.

      Apologies for temporarily expanding this discussion beyond the Catholic realm, but this has been a particularly startling development for Christianity over the past decade. I wonder what the next 10 years will bring.

  14. 16 Mitchell October 30, 2009 at 19:30

    You are right to expand the discussion beyond the catholic realm, the crisis has hit all christianity in a tragic way. Who would have heard of Lutherans accepting marriage between gays only a decade ago???

    What complicates the issue and, in fact, is part of the crisis, is that those who no longer interiorly believe in the integrity of God’s revelation and follow the post conciliar trend insist that they are not only Christians and Catholics but frankly better Christians and better Catholics than those whom they condescendingly call pre-conciliar, or anti-intellectual, or traditionalist!!!

    • 17 churchmouse October 30, 2009 at 19:37

      Indeed, Mitchell. Add to that the fact that few people believe in Hell anymore. How often have we heard the following statments: ‘No one goes to Hell’, ‘We are all saved’, ‘God loves us all’?

      And things such as ‘The Bible is obsolete. It was written for a certain time and a particular mentality. Don’t worry about what it says.’ Oh dear.

      I think our mission is cut out for us over the next few years.

  15. 19 Cara October 30, 2009 at 21:21

    Kaede I’m praying for you.
    I heard about the quake on Fox – thank God there were no deaths.

  16. 20 Cinzia October 31, 2009 at 00:43

    Yes Victor! It is enough to listen to what Jesus tells us … nothing else matters.

    When I read all of the comments above, I can’t help thinking that our friend David Pierini who commented a fair bit in previous posts saying that it seems the Holy Spirit has abandoned its Church … was right after all.

    Everyone jumped on him to defend the popes and the Church, which is admirable. However, now on these comments it seems you are all agreeing with him in some way, acknowledging that Pope JPII did all these wrong things ….

    I am confused!!!

    I need a question answered: how did the Holy Spirit seemingly abandon its Church for so many decades that at least three of the most recent popes before Benedict got everything wrong, starting from say VCII? And that SO MANY of the clergy at the highest levels are not fit to be representing Christ and His Church? I see an endless list of names of radical, disobedient, leftist, lying, cowardly …. bishops!

    Okay the Church is ALL of us, the faithful, but what exactly can we do individually or in small groups, to make things right again? Whenever I speak up to a priest or archbishop about something I see as wrong … I get absolutely nowhere! No one is interested in me, one of the lowest of the lowest of the faithful.

    One of you rightly said that it will take more than a pope’s lifetime to adjust things in the Church …..

    I say (like David) that all that is happening in today’s world looks more like signs of the beginning of the end of the world. Jesus DID warn us after all that this is what was going to happen … that everyone would be against each other (in this case confusion amongst theologians and disagreements within the highest hierarchy of the Church), wars, famine, and VERY LITTLE faith left in the world.

    That is exactly what I am seeing …. and no I am not a Jehovah’s Witness. Never have been.

  17. 21 Korrigan October 31, 2009 at 12:12

    Cinzia, one really doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to discover the liberal and modernist slant in most Catholic parishes throughout the world, especially in parishes that have been taken over by groups such as the neocatecumenals, charismatics, etc.

    And it’s such a big shame that most people who today call themselves ‘Catholic’ are hardly worthy of the name as all they know is “after all we are all Christians” and all we have to do is “love love love”! They do nothing to be informed and to find out what is happening, they just follow their priests and bishops blindly with no catholic discernment at all and … blindly accept their priest giving his back to the Tabernacle!!!

    But NO, as Christ promised us, His Church has not been abandoned by the Holy Spirit – as our eyes stream with tears when they behold the sacrilege that has been done to the most sacred space of Catholics and we notice something completely foreign and alien to the spirit of Catholic worship and doctrine, we praise the Lord that He has given us the grace of discernment and that we know, deep inside, where the real holy priests and bishops are, those that keep to the Church of All Times, those that humbly believe and worship as the Church has always believed and worshipped, those that today are discriminated upon by the modern and liberal church who will embrace islam, buddism, etc. but avoid the traditionals, those real Catholics that have not changed an iota of Catholicism!

    The Holy Spirit is here, in our small groups of traditional, orthodox Catholics, all over the world – this Church will never die! How do we know? By their fruits we know: the traditional churches are slowly growing, expanding, their seminaries are full and all with a waiting list, their religious orders are simply holy (no scandals involved here). This is the Catholic Church that is 2000 years old and that the Holy Spirit has never allowed and will never allow to die! .. can the same be said of the modern church? The church taken over by groups, by the papa boys, by the pious old women? I personally don’t see the Spirit at work here!

    It is obvious that the faith of the ordinary Catholic is today subtly and tactically being endangered and undermined, not only by heretical and liberal “theologians” and hierarchy but also, and probably much more so, by architecture, liturgical setup, and music at Mass. Even the uneducated Catholic? and probably especially the uneducated Catholic? can “read the signs” in these exterior abuses. They say and teach more than a mouthful, and teach unorthodoxy at that. Lex orandi, lex credendi? how true! And how dangerous!

    This is what we must all pray for: the grace of discernment!

  18. 22 Andrea October 31, 2009 at 12:16

    Only God knows the time of the end of the world.
    Noi possiamo concepire i segni dei tempi,non nel senso che debbano essere per forza quelli della fine del mondo,ma per giudicare i tempi in cui viviamo,se sono congruenti al vangelo o opposti al vangelo,in maniera tale da capire da che parte stare,noi che vogliamo stare dalla parte di cristo. Il cristianesimo nella storia è un continuo schierarsi nella battaglia. Capire chi è l’artefice delle cose che accadono. Tipo la festa di halloween. L’artefice è il principe di questo mondo,satana. E noi,ch,grazie alla parola di Dio, conoscendo i “segni”,sappiamo che è il demonio che genera queste e quelle cose,verso le quali dobbiamo porci contro per essere con Cristo. I segni dei tempi non sono necessariamente riferibili alla fine del mondo,ma sono innanzitutto i segni di quella lotta tra il bene e il male e che si esplicita nella storia ,”nei tempi”,fino alla fine dei tempi. “E chi avrà perseverato fino alla fine sarà salvato”. Se guardiamo le cose alla luce di un discernimento storiografico,ci renderemo conto di come siano passati tempi di gran lunga peggiori dei nostri,tempi bruttissimi da mettersi le mani nei capelli. E non vorrei cadere nell’errore di credere che sia la fine,perchè questo potrebbe scatenare ossessioni o psicosi,come la “psicosi dell’anno mille”. Ancora una volta è il diavolo che procura queste forme di ossessione,come quella del famigerato 2012. In america,infatti,ci sono genitori ossessionati che non mandano più i figli a scuola.

    Per quanto rigurda l’argomento del post(spero di averlo compreso),direi che l’unica arma contro la frammentazione e la complessità dei “pensieri” e delle interpretazioni rimane la “povertà di spirito” coltivata nella semplice e chiara parola di Gesù Maestro. E’nella semplicità che si sviluppa la santità.
    “Se non diventate come bambini,non entrerete nel regno dei cieli”. Nel vangelo non vi è posto per la confusione; il Cristo infatti è venuto a rendere visibile la Verità,non a generare intrecci e contrasti filosofico-teologici.

    Buona giornata a tutti

  19. 23 Cinzia October 31, 2009 at 13:08

    Caro Andrea, se ti riferivi a me, ti assicuro che non sono affatto ossessionata dal pensiero della fine del mondo – ci penso solo quando leggo il blog e i vari commenti …. pero’ deve pure arrivare un giorno no? come ci ha detto Gesu’ … non e’ nemmeno giusto pensare “no, non puo’ essere adesso ….”

    La tua ultima paragrafe e’ giustissima – dici bene: “Cristo infatti è venuto a rendere visibile la Verità,non a generare intrecci e contrasti filosofico-teologici.”

    Tu ti spieghi sempre in modo mirabile, mentre io faccio confusione su confusione … 😦

    Korrigan, thanks for the great comment and explanation. I am with you. I believe the traditional Church is the one true Church that will never change and it’s great to know that the Holy Spirit is here guiding it. You are right of course … I get totally demoralised when I read certain posts and comments.

    Mainly I was referring to popes as “Head of the Catholic Church” like St Peter – the most recent ones anyway, only because of what other commenters had said about them upthread. I was taught that Popes are led by the Holy Spirit and are thus “infallible.” From what people here are saying and more so from what one is seeing, it would indeed seem that the Holy Spirit has abandoned its church, just where it needs HIM the most … right at the top. That’s what I was trying to say. But you are right, and it is wonderful to know that seminaries are once again filling up and that the traditional True Church is slowly but surely re-emerging

    You have been very informative! 🙂 Thank you !

  20. 24 david pierini October 31, 2009 at 14:11

    Noi cattolici abbiamo rivestito il Papa di un “dogma d’infallibilità, di sacralità, di divinità” del tutto fuori luogo…come se il Papa non potesse mai sbagliare quasi non fosse più un uomo come noi ma un puro riflesso del pensiero di Dio. Se solo pensiamo a quante volte Gesù durante la sua vita terrena avrà ripreso Pietro dicendogli…”tu parli per bocca di Satana”…parole di fuoco per quello che fu il primo Papa, per colui che viveva giorno e notte accanto al Dio incarnato…ci rendiamo conto che Benedetto XVI, lontano anni luce da quell’intimità con Gesù che aveva Pietro, chissà quante volte avrà parlato per bocca del nemico.

  21. 25 ginny October 31, 2009 at 18:39

    Great and very deep entry today. I pretty much stick to traditional Catholic literature especially when reading on things very Catholic. I do, however, read other religious writers, just to get another perspective on Christianity in general.
    Love the cartoons!.

  22. 26 Asmarina November 2, 2009 at 07:39

    Even in our time Christina unity remians a concern for the Pope and the Church. “Leading men and women to God, to the God who speaks in the Bible : this is the supreme and fundamental priority of the Church and of the successor of Peter at the present time, ” states Pope Benedict XVI. ” A logical consequence of this is that we must have at heart the unity of all believers. Their disunity, their disagreements among themselves calls into question the credibility of their talk to God. Hence the effort to promote a common witness by Christinas to their faith – ecumenism – is part of the supreme priority”.
    This is quoted from Pope Benedict letter to the Bishops, March 10, 2009

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The Catholic Church doesn’t need progressives, Nor does it need Reactionary Conservatives - It badly needs Catholic Traditionalists that practice faith, hope and charity. So don’t be shy! Come forward.

“When Christ at a symbolic moment was establishing His great society, He chose for its corner-stone neither the brilliant Paul nor the mystic John, but a shuffler, a snob, a coward - in a word, a man. And upon this rock He has built His Church, and the gates of Hell have not prevailed and will not prevail against it. All the empires and the kingdoms have failed because of this inherent and continual weakness, that they were founded by strong men and upon strong men. But this one thing - the historic Catholic Church - was founded upon a weak man, and for that reason it is indestructible. For no chain is stronger than its weakest link.”
(G.K. Chesterton)

Anno Sacerdotale

Pope Benedict XVI has declared a “Year for Priests” beginning with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 19, 2009. The year will conclude in Rome with an international gathering of priests with the Holy Father on June 19, 2010.

Quest'anno sia anche un'occasione per un periodo di intenso approfondimento dell'identità sacerdotale, della teologia del sacerdozio cattolico e del senso straordinario della vocazione e della missione dei sacerdoti nella Chiesa e nella società.

Let your light so shine before men that, seeing your good works, they may glorify your Father in Heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

In Domino laudabitur anima mea.

"That sense of the sacred dogmas is to be faithfully kept which Holy Mother Church has once declared, and is not to be departed from under the specious pretext of a more profound understanding."- Pope Leo XIII, Testem Benevolentiae

Nessuno di noi entrerà in Paradiso senza portare con sé un fratello o una sorella. Ciascuno di noi deve uscire dalla folla e reggersi sulle proprie gambe, fiero di essere un Cattolico e capace di testimoniare la sua Fede.
Ci stiamo comportando come se la Fede Cattolica fosse un affare privato. Questo non è affatto vero. Penso che potremo andare molto, molto lontano, se riusciremo a convincere tutti i Cattolici a farsi carico della salvezza del mondo intero.
Il mondo ha bisogno di essere salvato e deve essere ciascuno di noi a farlo.

Cantate …

Cantate Domino canticum novum. Cantate Domino omnis terra. Cantate Domino et benedicite nomini Ejus. Annuntiate de die in diem salutare Ejus.

Causa nostrae laetitiae

“We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe”.
(John Henry Newman)

Pueris manus imponit

Iesus vero ait eis - Sinite parvulos, et nolite eos prohibere ad me venire - talium est enim regnum caelorum.

“There is another essential aspect of Christianity: the interior, the silent, the contemplative, in which hidden wisdom is more important than practical organizational science, and in which love replaces the will to get visible results”.
(Thomas Merton)

Lo Spirito Santo

Uno dei Suoi nomi è "Consolatore"!


Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin. All hope consists in confession. In confession there is a chance for mercy. Believe it firmly. Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God. Hope and have confidence in confession.

“Almeno sei volte durante gli ultimi anni mi sono trovato nella situazione di convertirmi senza esitazione al cattolicesimo, se non mi avesse trattenuto dal compiere il gesto azzardato l'averlo già fatto”.
(G.K. Chesterton)

"Whatsoever I have or hold, You have given me; I give it all back to You and surrender it wholly to be governed by your will. Give me only your love and your grace, and I am rich enough and ask for nothing more."

(St. Ignatius of Loyola - Spiritual Exercises, #234)

"Mia madre è stata veramente una martire; non a tutti Gesù concede di percorrere una strada così facile, per arrivare ai suoi grandi doni, come ha concesso a mio fratello e a me, dandoci una madre che si uccise con la fatica e le preoccupazioni per assicurarsi che noi crescessimo nella fede".
J.R.R. Tolkien scrisse queste parole nove anni dopo la morte di sua madre.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)

“Beati sarete voi quando vi oltraggeranno e perseguiteranno, e falsamente diranno di voi ogni male per cagion mia. Rallegratevi ed esultate perché grande è la vostra ricompensa nei cieli”.