We cannot compromise with the Truth, if we are to be taken seriously as witnesses to the Truth. We cannot compromise with the Truth if we are to be credible witnesses. There can be no worthwhile evangelisation unless it begins and ends in Truth and unless the evangelisers are believable.
Personally, I believe that the ‘misson’ of the Second Vatican Council was to find a way to express the Truth in the modern world, however in the interpretation of the Council’s teaching a fracture was introduced between the Church’s practice and prayer, and the Church’s belief.
The fracture meant the Church lost its credibility, hence our churches emptied. We became seen as ‘hypocritical’. We lost the sense of ‘noble simplicity’ which comes from the basic premise of the Catholic Church that Jesus Christ is God, God founded the Church and promises to be with it until the end of time, hence you can -and must- trust the Catholic Church, the Church ceased to be immediately intelligible, the greater Truth was obscured by lesser truths.
In practice it meant that theology, and everything else, including liturgy, became the realm of the specialist…
Editor’s note: Our dioceses are staffed with many of these “specialists” – people who went off to Catholic-in-name-only universities, learned one of several new and different, thoroughly fractured versions of the Catholic faith (often from Protestant or radical, nominally Catholic teachers) and then returned to wreak havock on the faith of the people.
I attended a Bible study conducted by one such as this.
According to my prestigously degreed instructor, the Gospel writers had “put words in the mouth” of Jesus, our Savior – words which he had likely never, ever spoken.
To find out what Jesus actually said I would need to consult the “Q” source – a totally theoretical and non-existent “document” which allegedly contained all the “authentic sayings of Jesus” – from which all the Gospels were (supposedly) derived.
The Blessed Virgin Mary was virgin no longer – but simply a “young girl”. “Full of grace” was “out”. Mary had merely “found favor with the Lord.”
Henceforth, only the passages of scripture that (arguably) dealt specifically with matters of salvation would be considered inerrant. (The Holy Spirit had evidently taken a day off – or three – when he was inspiring the sacred writers!)
I soon found it necessary to ask precisely what had happened over the last forty years to cause the entirety of the Sacred Scriptures (and supposedly, their official interpretation) to so drastically change? But no facts were forthcoming. No detailed answer was provided.
A “common core” of modernist heresies
There were no new discoveries – no additional archeological discoveries, no new books, no new divine revelation. This is what is taught at university, these days – and this is what was now passing for “official” Catholic “truth”.
The pastor was OK with it. The other attendees uttered not a word of protest, and the bishop could see no real issue. Didn’t I know that the USCCB approved, New American (Catholic) Bible, said pretty much all the same things?
In his article, Father Blake hit things right on the head: The unchanging, irrevocable truths of the Catholic Church have, for many, many years now, been obscured by the vain (and probably illegal) actions of the prideful and sinful clerics who continue to dominate it. The result is a Catholic faith that has been fractured – wrecked – almost beyond recognition.