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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2

Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005

Monday, April 25, 2005

Suppose We Had a "Liberal" Pope

Fr. Schall does it again -- in this recent article he asks the question, just what would happen if the Church was led by a "liberal" [heterodox] Pope, and did not have the protection of the Holy Spirit to prevent contradiction with the established deposit of faith?

Such people do not understand that the only claim the Church has to our belief is its faithful consistency to the deposit of faith, which it did not somehow "make up" by itself. Once this position is internally and intrinsically undermined–as it would be if the Church approved these things–it would have absolutely no claim to anyone’s belief, or even anyone’s taking it seriously.

Under the rubric of the advent of a "liberal" pope, we have, in fact, the desire that the authority of the papacy to credibility be itself eliminated. This is what is at stake in the election of a pope. We should not doubt it.

Really, I agree that Schall's words are right on, but I think they point to something even deeper in the psyche of the liberals clammoring for "change" -- those whose deepest desire is to make the Church "liberal" don't want a Church at all. They could care less about the Church losing it's claim on our belief, no matter what twaddle they screech at us about their supposed "love" for the Church.

But then again, that's the kicker ain't it? It is an utter contradiction for most of them to try to be both Catholic and anti-Catholic. For all logical purposes, these people should want nothing to do with the Church. And yet they still want Her. The Holy Spirit calls each soul to Himself, no matter who they are or what they profess... for all their earthly pilgrimage, He never gives up hope for their return to His Love.

And so, perhaps deep down, in the hidden recesses of the heart, even deeper than the hatred of the Truth the Church proclaims, is a tiny voice crying out for God. It is this, perhaps, that senses the need for the Church, but is so buried in disordered decisions and desires that it twists its understanding of its need for the Church into incoherence.

Our hearts are restless, until they rest in Thee
~St. Augustine


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It appears that several former special forces, including but not limited to Army Airbone Rangers, with much active duty experience in Iraq have entered the Orthodox fight in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis/Saint Paul.

Apparently they have been snooping around gathering information and have in the last 48 hours released credible information on the situation in Minnesota and are very perturbed about religious "wolves in sheep" clothing endangering our most precious little ones.

No information has been gathered as to what might happen on Pentecost in Saint Paul, MN but this group of former active military personell would have had the training, skills and experience to attempt the illicit exorcism of the Cathedral in order to make a statement to the world!!!

April 30, 2005 4:11 PM  

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