We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

And you have to ask why we have problems in the Church in Canada?

In the "Oh brother, what's next?" category of goofy statements of the heterodox kind, a leading Canadian prelate excuses himself from Tradition by donning the mitre of untenable innovation.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/10/06/archbishop-urges-pope-franciss-synod-on-the-family-consider-allowing-women-deacons/
A Canadian archbishop told a major Vatican meeting on family issues Tuesday that the church should consider allowing women to serve as deacons.
Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, who was recently president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, was one of many top church leaders who gave short speeches to the hundreds of bishops meeting in Rome.
Pope Francis convened the meeting this month to suggest ways the Catholic Church can support modern families but within the context of traditional church teachings. The meeting opened Sunday and so far has been made up of bishops speaking for three minutes apiece about their various ideas on family issues and church teachings.
Durocher declined to comment to The Post, but pointed to a Catholic News Service piece about his comments. In the piece he says he had used his time mostly to talk about the role of women in the church, and about domestic violence and ways Catholic theology views gender roles.
Deacons in the Catholic Church can preach and preside at baptisms, funerals and weddings, but may not celebrate Mass or hear confessions. Becoming a deacon in the church requires training but not going to seminary, as priests do.
“I think we should really start looking seriously at the possibility of ordaining women deacons,” he told CNS he had told the synod. He also said he had recommended the synod “clearly state that you cannot justify the domination of men over women — certainly not violence — through biblical interpretation,” particularly what he called incorrect interpretations of Scripture that women should be submissive to their husbands.
O that crazy Saint Paul, misogynist and prisoner of his time.

Are we to believe a Saint and Apostle of the Church, or an archbishop who appears to thrive on creating false dichotomies which pit Catholics against Catholic Tradition?

Archbishop Derocher's comments have politicized the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

It would appear that His Grace has been drinking from the same poisoned well from which Anglicans and Lutherans have been drinking for some time. It would appear that His Grace has not only lost the ability to contextualize accurately the teaching of Saint Paul, he has failed to read the memos of popes of recent memory and the ancient sources which clarify that, excepting the practice within heretical sects, deaconesses were never ordained. His Grace has proved his ignorance of history and is well on his way to becoming the latest poster child for liberal religion in Canada. And, like all liberal-religionists, he, like the Protestant revolters, too, has embraced the heresies of the ancient dissidents rather than the ageless orthodoxy of the faithful.

Archbishop Derocher has failed to appreciate the effect of the decisions by those in the mainline Protestant communities that have gone against what little of the Apostolic Tradition they possessed by ordaining women which, as pleasing to contemporary ears as it may sound, is against the model established by Jesus Himself and preserved by the Apsotles. The opinion one typically finds in the blogosphere and elsewhere among Anglicans (e.g., among former Anglican ministers now Catholic priests, and "continuing Anglicans" of various flavours) who have parted company with the completely heterodox Canterburians confirms that the female diaconate was a ruse to inject into their community an innovation that opened the door to additional departures from Apostolic teaching. Those additional departures have rendered the Anglican Communion, for example, at odds with Catholics and the non-Catholic Eastern Churches (Oriental and Orthodox) and have made ecumenism all but impossible as long as Anglicans and others obstinately cling to innovations which contradict the living witness of the Church founded by Jesus Christ on the Apostle Peter.

Perhaps Archbishop Derocher is merely waking up Catholics to the dissent in the Church in Canada. Perhaps Archbishop Derocher is playing a role, whether he realizes it or not, that will expose to the light of day a current of thought among Catholic Canadians—or is that Canadian Catholics?—which is definitely not Catholic.

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