29 November 2018

Signum magnum ...

Tuesday's celebration of the Miraculous Medal ... and the very tasty Mass formula, with its allusions to the Johannine theology of the semeia ['Signs'] of the Lord ... inspired me to ask our Supplex Omnipotentia, our blessed Lady of Cana, for a Sign to strengthen the afflicted Church of which she is herself such a beautiful and powerful Sign.

I must confess that when I opened my computer on Wednesday morning I felt that my prayer had been answered. Lifesitenews provided the reactions of orthodox prelates to the current homosexualist furore. I have to single out the magnificent disdain of the magnificent Cardinal Mueller ("... effusions of an academic nobody..."); in the next pontificate, whatever role that man has, he must surely be involved in cleaning out the Augean Stables which PF has chosen ... such a strange predilection ... to inhabit.

And my eye was particularly caught by the piece from Bishop Athanasius Schneider. Two points.

(1) He situates the homosexualist onslaught in terms of  heresy. I think this is massively important. We should not let the machinations of a very nasty lobby obscure the fact that many people with a same-sex orientation live lives of heroic sanctity. By grace they triumph over temptation and are an example to ... to take just one example ... those heterosexuals who unchastely corrupt the marital act.

The current movement among some sick members of the Church to validate homosexual genital activity is far more evil in its conceptual roots than it is in particular disordered physical actions which, after all, are after repentance mercifully absolved. It is heretical because it overthrows the Natural Order and thus attempts to set individual autonomy above the Sovereign Rights of our Creator and Redeemer. Obvious stuff. Forgive me for labouring what readers will already know very well. Some of you will recall Archbishop Lefebvre's great cry They have uncrowned Him.

(2) Bishop Schneider writes "We have to notice an eclipse in the Papal exercise of this very task of strengthening the truth regarding homosexuality". Observe the words eclipse in the papal exercise ... . This is highly reminiscent of the phrase of Blessed John Henry Newman suspense of the function of the Ecclesia Docens. He used it in his analysis of the Arian Controversy, when most of the episcopate, including Pope Liberius, ceased to exercise their function of using their Teaching Authority. When complaints were made to Rome about his words, our great English Blessed made clear that he was not suggesting popes or bishops had lost their Magisterial authority, but observing, as a matter of historical fact, that for forty or more years they had chosen not to exercise it. Rome, wisely, did not intervene against him!

This is very close to where we are now. As Bishop Schneider is pointing out. No wonder they want to stop him travelling. Long live his airmiles!

And I liked Fr Fessio's suggestion that PhD means Philosophische Dumheit. These people need to be laughed at.

Exhilarating, Yes? A battle worth joining in, Yes? Nunc pede libero pulsanda tellus, Yes?


Marcus, der mit dem C said...

Philosophische Dumheit

Dear Fr. Hunwicke, it would be Dummheit (stupidity)


I wish you a blessed Advent!

Simple Simon said...

First step in the battle will come from enlightenment. The battle commences when people realise that we are not dealing with an elephant in the room, but rather with argentinosaurus in the house.

Mick Jagger Gathers No Mosque said...

One wishes a clever artist would create a meme showing HM Church as a seductive smiling woman, beneath whom the caption would read, "You've come a long way, Baby" in imitation of the old Virginia Slims cigarette advertisements.

HM Church has indeed come a long way on certain matters.

Back in the bad old days of the unenlightenment, in 1961, HM Church had this to say about admitting homosexuals to seminaries:

Advancement to religious vows and ordination should be barred to those who are afflicted with evil tendencies to homosexuality or pederasty, since for them the common life and the priestly ministry would constitute serious dangers.

Can you imagine HM Church today describing the evil tendencies to homosexuality of any man?

Well, no...such sins against dignity are verboten.

In fact, Bishop Emeritus Ratzinger issued new guidelines while the Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of The Faith concerning the question of admitting homosexuals into seminaries and he concluded that "profound respect" must be shown to those men and that such men, far from being axiomatically excluded from admittance into seminaries, such men could have actually worked as s homosexual escort and still be admitted to seminary.

Showing profound respect for homosexual prostitutes might seem to some to be a bit much but such approaches are surely the way to set right what every man knows to be wrong.

HM Church, you've come a long way, Baby

Victor said...

@ABS: I would certainly like to see actual proof to the claim you are making. In my humble opinion, there is still a long distance between "showing profound respect" and "admitting male prostitutes to the Seminary"