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Church Historian: Pope Francis is Skating on Thinnest Ice Ever – Rarely has a pope been accused of heresy, warns Carlos Eire Church Historian: Pope Francis is Skating on Thinnest Ice Ever – Rarely has a pope been accused of heresy, warns Carlos Eire – By Jules Gomes On CMTV
Although we are surrounded by the heresy of unproven theories of biological evolution the crisis in the Church is not restricted to biological evolution the philosophy of biological evolution is partnered with the modernists insistence on doctrinal and dogmatic evolution of Catholicism
We found this in the preparatory works of the Council , the Council documents themselves , and more over the works and of all their mentors de Chardin, Shillibecckx , Rahner, Leger, Kung, and so many others. Todays’ prelates are living out the heterodox and in many places heretical philosophies of their avant-garde predecessors, almost as an infallible mandated directive
The new Catholic religion and its high level propagators now consider as panned heresies the following , militant Catholic philosophy Aquinas philosophy Catholics – – the philosophy of equal partnership between Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture in divine revelation – the philosophy of the dire necessity of the restoration of traditional Catholicism , in liturgy , art & architecture, and education –.
This progress of this “the brotherhood of mankind” and the truth present in all religions To use the masonic syncretism terms used in the Vatican II documents and philosophy we recognize , the relativizing of Catholic dogma and doctrine, the propagation of Divine Mercy with its false evangelical Lutheran understanding of sin in the economy of salvation and the overthrow of primary roll of the Sacraments in God’s grace , the intercession of the Communion of Saints and the overthrow of the roll of indulgences and the obviating of it and the veneration of relics in the economy processes of this new Catholic religion. Also including are support to the overthrow of Catholic only skilled workers trade guilds, Catholic social teaching on property and the building up of generational traditional Catholic families as corporations within the traditional Church, ecumenism with Communism and sometimes economic and political support for socialism and for the various aspects of the culture of death
Why lies beneath all this – philosophy and evolution – Let’s start again at the beginning , were our ancestors possibly monkeys and gorillas What does the preconciliar infallible Catholic Catechisms have to say about all this ? Were there previously infallible , doctrinal and dogmatic pronouncements from “Roman Catholic” teaching in its 2000+ year salvation history or did Catholic philosophy and theology begin at Vatican II or did it begin on the eve of Vatican II in the dusk of the Pope Pius XII pontificate
Popes for Evolution – I – From Pius XII to Paul VI by Dr. Remi Amelunxen
The evolution of the Catholic Church into oblivion By Rev. Thomas R. Collins
And so we relax Church discipline. We allow corn beef and cabbage dinners when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday in Lent, we transfer to Sunday the celebrations of Ascension and of Corpus Christi, and we carefully avoid telling parishioners that the Third Commandment does not say, “Keep holy the Lord’s Day, if you feel like it.”
“Thus it is that we need to remember that words do matter. They establish the basic premises for human communication. If words are desecrated, human relationships become desecrated. As long as Christians uncritically capitulate to the secular agenda of establishing desecrating words such as expediency and evolution as the linchpins of human development, the secularists, silently snickering with condescending cynicism, will gladly acclaim our sychophancy as enlightenment.”
The preferred disciple of Benedict XVI, Cardinal Christoph von Schönborn,
Archbishop of Vienna, called a press conference on January 16, 2012, to
announce that the Catholic Church is on the brink of a radical internal
F. Douglas Kneibert, a retired newspaper editor and a convert from Protestantism, is a former vice chairman of the board of directors of the Vitae Foundation, which uses mass media to promote a culture of life.
In 1563 the Council of Trent concluded its monumental work of reforming the Church, further defining Catholic doctrine, and confronting the Protestant Reformation just as a series of religious wars were erupting that would inflame Europe for more than eighty years. It was in this context that the Council introduced a new term, ecclesia militans, the “Church militant,” which it defined as follows: “The Church militant is the society of all the faithful still dwelling on earth. It is called militant because it wages eternal war with those implacable enemies, the world, the flesh and the devil.” (The other constituent parts of the one Church are the “Church triumphant” in Heaven and the “Church suffering” in Purgatory.)
The war that Trent identified is unending, having always been part of the human experience. But the manner in which our enemies manifest themselves changes with the times. Satan tailors his temptations to suit the spirit of the age, as does the world. Even the enticements of the flesh can assail us in different ways in different periods. Moreover, the world, the flesh, and the devil don’t always present themselves to us as separate, sharply defined entities, but can be intertwined in often complex ways. In identifying our enemies, the Council’s use of the word implacable commands our attention. Implacable enemies are those “not capable of being appeased.”
What Is Meant by “the World”?
Was Trent saying that the physical world is the enemy of the Church? By no means. The Greek word kosmos, translated as “world” in sacred Scripture, is used differently in various contexts. It can refer to the physical world, or universe, that was spoken into being by God, who pronounced His creation “very good.” But kosmos, as used by the sacred writers, can also refer to the “world system” that is hostile to God’s Kingdom. Ours is a fallen world, the result of original sin that disrupted the harmony between God and man. The devil, who engineered the Fall, is the “ruler of this world,” according to Jesus (Jn. 14:30). St. John even says that “the whole world is in the power of the evil one” (1 Jn. 5:19). In what sense is that true?
Here we are grappling with the mystery of evil, and there are no ready answers. We know that a good God is sovereign over all His creation, yet He permits the devil certain leeway (see, for example, the Book of Job). The Church teaches that sin is the seedbed of evil; according to St. Thomas Aquinas, God permits evil “in order to draw forth some greater good.”
The New Testament has much to say about the world’s allurements and its way of thinking and acting — and none of it is good. Never once are we urged to follow its lead down the broad, neon-lit thoroughfares that beckon us in all directions. Something akin to a spiritual balancing act is required to discern how we can enjoy the world without being molded by it.
What Is Meant by “Church militant”?
One way of arriving at an understanding of the Church militant is to consider what it is not. It’s not cultural Catholicism, which is simply handed down from generation to generation, usually with steadily diminishing fervor. It’s not cafeteria Catholicism, by which one fashions a religion to suit oneself. It’s not lukewarm Christmas/Easter Catholicism, and it certainly is not liberal Catholicism, which often takes its cues from the world’s agenda instead of the Church.
All these pale imitations of the true faith are grossly inadequate for confronting the challenges that face the Catholic Church. What defines the Church militant is a strong, robust, unapologetic faith, anchored in a personal acquaintance with Jesus, submitted to the Pope and the Magisterium, and lived out in a life of prayer, regular reception of the sacraments, and service.
The Ongoing Struggle
That Christians confront hostile social forces should come as no surprise, for the Catholic Church has struggled against various enemies throughout her existence. These enemies can be either spiritual or material, but are often both at the same time. The forces against which the Church militant battles should never be underestimated, but we should resist the tendency to see the conflict exclusively in spiritual terms. Ecclesia militans also carries a military connotation. The brave soldiers who defended Europe — and the Church — against those who would subjugate them were part of the Church militant every bit as much as those back home who offered up prayers.
Likewise, we should not view the conflict in exclusively material terms. Yes, the various Islamic attacks on Europe through the centuries were turned back by force of arms, but the spiritual battles — in which the faith that molded the continent was at stake — were every bit as intense. Pope St. Pius V recognized this, giving thanks for the intercessions of our Blessed Mother, under her new title of Our Lady of Victory, for the Catholic League’s decisive defeat of a much larger Muslim fleet at Lepanto in 1571.
These types of struggles show no sign of abating. In our time, approximately a hundred thousand Christians are killed every year because of their faith, according to a recent Vatican report. Their slaughter by Muslims in the Middle East and Africa has become so routine that it hardly merits mention in the news media — or by our State Department.
A Depleted Force
Four centuries after Trent, the Second Vatican Council convened in Rome with the intent, in Pope St. John XXIII’s words, to “throw open the windows of the Church” to the world. A faction of Catholics was quick to pounce, hailing this as an explicit repudiation of Trent’s ecclesia militans, and the expression virtually disappeared from official Church documents (including the Catechism of the Catholic Church). To this day, the differing ways of perceiving the world system — inspired either by Trent or the much ballyhooed “spirit” of Vatican II — remain the primary dividing line that separates liberal from conservative Catholics.
The Zeitgeist has been warmly embraced by a shocking number of Catholics, a high percentage of whom favor same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, embryonic stem-cell research, and, yes, even abortion. At a time when the Church militant needs every able-bodied Catholic it can muster, an AWOL rate averaging between forty and fifty percent is disheartening. It’s a good thing God doesn’t play the numbers game. He progressively winnowed Gideon’s army down to no more than a company, yet it was victorious over the mighty Midianites.
Threats to the Home Front
“The world” attacks the Church in myriad ways. The growing assault on religious liberty in the U.S. and other countries heads the list of current threats. We are accustomed to seeing such things in countries ruled by despots and intolerant established religions, but not in democratic America, where freedom of religion is protected by the U.S. Constitution. Throughout our history we have assumed, and rightly so, that our government would protect this freedom. That assumption is now questionable. Nor should we put too much reliance on the rule of law. The Constitution is a marvelous document, but in any given case it means no more than what federal judges and Supreme Court justices say it does — and they are political appointees.
There is a growing sense that we have turned a corner in America, that the country we have known and loved is being cut loose from its moral anchors. In the space of only a generation or less, many social mores that we took for granted as part of the public moral code have been so undermined that reinstituting them may be impossible. To cite only one example, same-sex marriage is becoming accepted by states at an accelerating rate, effectively rewriting the rules God set down for the most fundamental institution of society.
The various threats to religious freedom in this country have come mainly from the Obama administration, not only with the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate but in other areas as well. For example, in 2012, when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission presumed to tell a Lutheran church in Michigan who could be considered a “minister,” the commission earned a unanimous rebuke from the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the area of homosexual “rights,” certain states have followed the federal lead, primarily through laws that force people of faith to choose to abide by their moral judgments or risk their livelihoods. In some states, public education has been so corrupted by these trends that Christians are forced to look elsewhere to educate their children. California is well advanced in indoctrinating schoolchildren on the “normalcy” of homosexuality, and other states are poised to follow suit.
Expect to see more of this as Christians are increasingly facing “keep out” signs posted in the public square. Laws against so-called hate speech, which is largely defined as anything that casts the homosexual lifestyle in a bad light, may be the next arrow in the gay lobby’s quiver. Their ultimate goal is a society cleansed of all moral censure of homosexual acts. At some point — and it may not be far off — the Catholic Church could well find herself standing alone in that respect.
Our Marching Orders
The term “Church militant” may sound a little too warlike for modern tastes, which probably helps account for its demise. But it needs to be dusted off and put back to use. In that regard, it found a powerful ally in Pope Benedict XVI. Conceding that the expression “is a bit out of fashion,” our Emeritus Pope told a group of cardinals in May 2012 that “evil wants to rule the world” and that “it’s necessary to enter the struggle against evil,” warning that evil sometimes poses “as a force for good while destroying the moral foundations of society.”
Just a few months earlier, the Holy Father had given a group of American bishops their marching orders: “It is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at every level of ecclesial life.”
Our Emeritus Pope perceived the nature of the various enemies confronting the Catholic Church, both current ones and those that are emerging. Realizing Benedict’s fervent hope that the Church, from top to bottom, would wake up to the threats she faces will require a sense of urgency that, for the most part, we have yet to see. Whether Pope Francis shares his predecessor’s concerns in this area is unclear at this point, but one thing is certain: Without strong leadership, little will happen.
Nevertheless, it is the responsibility of all Catholics, not just our spiritual leaders, to take part in this battle. And the conflict is steadily intensifying, as the post-Christian trajectory of American culture becomes more evident by the day. But even that expression falls short of the mark, as the post-Christian society appears to be morphing into something much worse: an anti-Christian society. Believers in many parts of the world have long lived in such an environment. Now, it would appear, it’s our turn.
Weapons of Spiritual Warfare
The first battle the Church militant must fight is against ourselves, for unless the appetites of the flesh are subdued, we will be unprepared for further combat, as the saints attest. It’s a lifelong struggle, which is what Trent meant by “eternal war.”
The spiritual gifts we receive at confirmation have a special relevance for the Church militant, enabling us to go out into the world and be the Church. The Catechism states that confirmation “gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action” (no. 1301). Among the sacrament’s gifts, the cardinal virtue of fortitude, or courage, is especially needed by the Church militant. Lukewarm Catholics in particular need to follow the advice that St. Paul gave Timothy to “stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands” (2 Tim. 1:6).
Moreover, we would do well to reacquaint ourselves with St. Michael the Archangel. In 1994 Pope St. John Paul II reminded the faithful of the prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII (which was a part of every Mass until it was swept away after Vatican II) that calls on Michael to “defend us in battle” and “be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil.” John Paul asked us “not to forget it and to recite it, to obtain help in the battle against forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world.”
Identifying the Battle Lines
The challenges faced by the Church militant today encompass two broad categories: strengthening the Church and confronting her enemies. Strategies for strengthening the Church include:
— encouraging vocations, for without faithful priests, there is no Church;
–supporting sound Catholic education — at all levels — for we cannot defend what we do not know. A well-catechized laity is a must, for the battle is largely theirs;
— promoting the “new evangelization,” for there is no substitute for personal conversion if one is to live out one’s faith;
— rescuing the faithful Catholic news media, most of which are endangered today — especially the print media — as the battle for the Catholic mind is ongoing.
Strategies for confronting the Church’s enemies include:
— fighting abortion, the greatest moral evil of our times;
— defending the family against those who are seeking to redefine it;
— monitoring the popular culture and speaking out when the Church is attacked;
— voting for sound candidates for public office;
— supporting those organizations that are confronting anti-Catholic forces on a daily basis.
Obviously, most of what is required will take money, so being generous with God is absolutely essential. Keep in mind that we are merely stewards of His gifts, and will be called upon to give an account of our stewardship. It goes without saying that all we do should be soaked in prayer — the greatest weapon the Church militant possesses.
Militant Catholics who are on the front lines should not lose heart. We also possess two secret weapons of which the world knows nothing. The first is truth. God is Truth, and those who serve Him serve the truth. Error will never have the final word. Most important of all, we have Jesus’ guarantee that our old enemy, the devil, will not prevail against Christ’s one Church. Without that assurance, it would be tempting to abandon the fight. With it, the Church militant is equipped to struggle on, with a sure confidence in final victory.
“The militant character of the Christian life is forgotten, but not for this do the enemies of man sleep. They are fiercer than ever. Against man, who is unarmed and unprepared for battle, their task has become easier than ever.”— Fr. Livio Fanzaga, The Deceiver: Our Daily Struggle with Satan
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