Monday, May 26, 2014

Paul VI Wakes Up!

     -from The Smoke of Satan in the Temple of God:

….In effect, a “rival magisterium” of theologians and religious education experts had arisen, taking upon itself the authority to say what Catholic teaching was and was not after Vatican II. Paul VI noted this, alarmed at the apostasy of these neomodemists in not believing the fullness of Catholic teaching handed down from the Apostles and interpreted for the faithful by the Vicar of Christ in union with the successors of the Apostles. The Pope’s alarm was evident in his call for the Church to observe a “year of faith” in honor of Sts. Peter and Paul:

We wish to address a special exhortation to those engaged in the study of Sacred Scripture and theology, to collaborate with the hierarchical teaching authority of the Church in defending the true faith from all error and in sounding its unfathomable depths, in correctly expounding its content and in drawing up reasoned norms for its study and spread. This same appeal we make to preachers, to teachers of religion and to catechists.

In announcing the year of faith, what concerned the Holy Father was a crisis of faith bordering on apostasy, the result of neomodernist ideas attacking the Church from inside:

And while man’s religious sense today is in a decline, depriving the faith of its natural foundation, new opinions in exegesis and theology often borrowed from bold but blind secular philosophies have in places found a way into the realm of Catholic teaching. They question or distort the objective sense of truths taught with authority by the Church; under the pretext of adapting religious thought to the contemporary outlook they prescind from the guidance of the Church’s teaching, give the foundations of theological speculation a direction of historicism, dare to rob Holy Scripture’s testimony of its sacred and historical character and try to introduce a so-called “post-conciliar” mentality among lie People of God; this neglects the solidity and consistency of the Council’s vast and magnificent developments of teaching and legislation, neglects with it the Church’s accumulated riches of thought and practice in order to overturn the spirit of traditional fidelity and spread about the illusion of giving Christianity a new interpretation, which is arbitrary and barren. What would remain of the content of our faith, or of the theological virtue that professes it, if these attempts, freed from the support of the Church’s teaching authority, were destined to prevail?

                        Paul VI furthered his crusade against this threat from within the Church Jesus built upon Peter in his Credo of the People of God. The genius of the Credo was in its twofold purpose of “confirming the brethren against the errors in the Dutch Catechism which had brought about widespread doubt and uncertainty, and doing so by a positive expanded restatement of the traditional creedal outline derived from the Nicene Creed.