Say goodbye to the last pretense of democracy in this formerly great nation.
To the Rector of St. Francis de Sales Oratory, Canon Michael K. Wiener, pictured above in a pontifical high Mass with then-Cardinal Ratzinger, and also Canon Karl W. Lenhardt, former Rector of the Oratory (Canon Wiener is at right).
“In the last few decades, the expression ‘adult faith’ [fede adulta, ‘grown up faith’] has become a widespread slogan. It is often used in relation to the attitudes of those who no longer pay attention to what the Church and her Pastors say — which is to say, those who choose on their own what to believe or not to believe in a sort of ‘do-it-yourself’ faith. Expressing oneself against the Magisterium of the Church is presented as a sort of ‘courage’, whereas in fact not much courage is needed because one can be certain of receiving public praise.
Instead, courage is needed to adhere to the Church’s faith, even if it contradicts the ‘order’ of today’s world. Paul calls this non-conformism an ‘adult faith’. For him,
For this reason, it is part of an adult faith to dedicate oneself to the inviolability of life from its beginning, thus radically opposing the principle of violence, in defense precisely of the most defenseless. It is part of an adult faith to recognize the lifelong marriage between one man and one woman in accordance with the Creator’s order, re-established again by Christ. An adult faith does not follow any current here and there. It stands against the winds of fashion.”
I would like to see the response of Bozek and friends to this address. Of course this would probably fall on deaf ears. As I heard Mother Angelica say on an archived EWTN program the other day:
“You cannot reason with someone who has chosen not to believe.”
“Liberals have no doctrine. Just name one; I’d like to know what it is…”
There is a blog calling itself the Local Catholic Reporter, which states its intent to be a resource for progressive Catholics in the St. Louis area. No, not ‘progressive’ in the sense of progress toward Heaven, but ‘progressive’, I guess, in the political sense. Progress toward anarchy, in other words.
Well, I visit this site from time to time in the interests of information gathering, but today I pulled it up and found the following gem. The title of the post itself piqued my interest. In the words of Renee Zellweger’s character in Jerry McGuire, “You had me at hello.”
The article is by the notorious Leonardo Boff— “theologian”. Yes, that’s him, above. If you guessed Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, pay up. No, really. It’s not Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers, either. At least, I don’t think it is.
Excerpts from the full post–read as much as you can takehere:
Love everybody… (and everything)
Reciprocity or Death
When human beings decided to live together, they established an unwritten social contract, setting up norms, prohibitions and common purposes that allowed them to coexist with a modicum of peace. Later on, thinkers appeared, like Locke, Kant and Rousseau, giving the contract a formal status.
Those historic contracts have a common defect: they imply naked and acosmic individuals, who lack even a minimal link with nature or the Earth. The social contracts ignore and totally suppress the natural contract.
Previously, wars were waged to conquer regions and peoples. All Earth’s territory has been conquered, and what is going on now is a total war, one without mercy, against the Earth, her goods and services, exploiting them to the point of exhaustion. The Earth can no longer rest: she has no refuge nor space into which to withdraw.
This aggression is worldwide, and the reaction of the Earth – Gaia – is also worldwide. Her reply is a collection of various crises, together forming a devastating planetary warming. It is Gaia’s revenge.
There is no way out but to consciously and quickly reintroduce that which we had forgotten: a natural contract articulated with the social contract. We must overcome our arrogant anthropocentrism and put everything in its place, and ourselves as well, as a part of a whole.
What is a natural contract? It is the acknowledgement on the part of the human being that he is integrated into nature, from which he receives all, and the recognition that he must behave as a child of Mother Earth, giving her caring and protection in return, so that she may continue doing what she has always done: give us life and the means to live.
Either we reestablish the reciprocity between nature and human beings, and rearticulate the social contract with the natural contract, or we must accept the risk of being expelled and eliminated by Gaia. I trust that we will learn from our suffering and that we will use the good sense that we will still have.
Reminder: Solemn High Mass at St. Francis de Sales Oratory tonight at 6:30 pm.