As a Catholic (well, aspiring — 41 days till baptism!) in this degenerate sinkhole of a declining civilization, I’ve gotten pretty used to reports of heresy. Like this one:
A call by reform-minded Catholics in the German-speaking world for the church to soften its stances on homosexuality, divorce and celibacy among priests and to end its ban on women in the clergy is drawing loud criticism from conservatives. They argue the group is threatening to create a schism within the Catholic Church.
With its often more progressive stances on some controversial issues, the arm of the Catholic Church in the German-speaking world has long posed problems for Rome. Now a modern day schism is threatening the area’s priestly establishment. The brewing split exposes a rift in the German speaking world between more liberal reform minded and conservative Catholics regarding the future of the church. The stakes are high, with the number of men applying for the priesthood in decline as the church loses appeal among younger generations.
The liberal Pastors’ Initiative wants to reverse that trend, which has forced parishes to close, by making priesthood more accessible. Last June it put out a “Call for Disobedience,” calling for a rewrite of the church’s long standing views against homosexuality, divorce and celibacy.
The title of the article suggests a formal link to the Austrian heretics who still, inexplicably, have not been severed from the society of faithful Catholics, although it’s hard to tell if that link is real and formal or if the paper is just trying to drum up a sensationalized “movement” out of formless sentiment.
In any event, I’m impressed by the monumental hubris these heretics pretty consistently display. Think for a moment about the stakes of what’s involved here. The Catholic theological tradition goes back thousands of years — to several centuries before the birth of Christ, in fact, with the works of Plato and Aristotle. To believe what the heretics are saying, we have to assume that 2400 years or so of thinkers and philosophers, including a large number of saints, theological doctors, holy men, and martyrs — people who devoted their entire lives to prayer, contemplation, and holiness, and at least one of whom was blessed for his labors with a miraculous encounter with God Himself — managed to get everything wrong. And we, the products of an apostate age of casual barbarism and unreason, have it all figured out. Move over, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas! Father Flake is here, and he’s got some timeless theological insights he discovered after six months of halting pseudo-reflection (which only by coincidence happen to align perfectly with the self-indulgent and utilitarian spirit of the present age)!
It’s worse than just hubris, though — it’s also impiety. What monstrous things must one have to convince oneself about earlier Church thinkers in order to swallow the leftist line on these issues? That generations’ of condemnations of buggery by holy popes and saints were motivated merely by hatred and ignorance? You expect leftist philosodomites to indulge in damnable lies like this; you at least hope for something better from men who call themselves Catholics.
Like most faithful Catholics, I found myself in the awkward position of simultaneously wishing the bishops would excommunicate the bastards for the good of literally everyone, without wishing to presume to advise holy mother Church where my advice was not solicited. I can only hope she knows what she’s doing.