So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Are you a Jansenist because you reject Holy Communion for adulterers?

When the Jansenist heresy was in vogue, the Jesuits employed the term "Jansenism" to identify followers of the teaching "as having Calvinist affinities".

Given that we have a Jesuit Pope who has rightly affirmed the need for mercy, how much longer will the tradition-minded be permitted to spread their "vile" orthodox view that mercy without justice is an empty mercy... until someone shouts the label 'Jansenist' at them?

Pope Francis has identified "the doctors of the law" as the enemy. Said doctors haven't been identified by name. Is it too much to suggest that Francis might have in mind specific bishops and laity who oppose heterodox attempts to water down the Gospel? Will heretics now seize on the Holy Father's words and accuse Tradition-minded Catholics of being a threat to all that is good and holy, even though the words 'good' and 'holy' burn like holy water on the lips of an energumen when uttered by heterodox prelates and lapsed laity alike? Even if he isn't swinging his bat in the direction of tradition-minded Catholics, the Holy Father's comments could easily fuel hostility toward defenders of Tradition.

When one views reality through the "progressive Catholic" lens, everything looks Jansenist. Sadly, the "progressive Catholic’s" lack of appreciation for theological nuance results in most "progressive Catholics" falling into various heterodox theological traps which place them much closer to the heretics of yesteryear than to faithful discipleship. Those who “progressive Catholics” accuse of being unmerciful are in reality the one's tenaciously clinging to the teachings of Christ. The "progressive Catholic" hates the idea of striving for personal holiness and obedience to the commandments of Christ, the absolutes of the Christian life, because to the "progressive Catholic" such things smack of phariseeism. For the “progressive Catholic”, i.e., the liberal-religionist, i.e., the relativist, there are no absolutes in religion, except of course that there are no absolutes in religion.

Through the distorting viewfinder of the "progressive Catholic", the tradition-minded, which is to say the orthodox, always appear to be a damp towel thrown on all the fun (sin, heresy) that “progressive Catholics” enthusiastically bless and approve. The concept of joyful orthodoxy eludes "progressive Catholics" because they take themselves so seriously and the Faith so lightly.

For the “progressive Catholic” (liberal-religionist)
  • rejection of sinful behaviour equates to intolerance of the person.
  • faithfulness to the commandments of Christ confirms that one is a Pharisee (i.e., someone merely concerned with external observance of the law).
  • faithfulness to the Magisterium is a threat to conscience.
  • the pursuit of holiness runs counter to social justice.
I know you are but what am I?

Most liberal-religionists are merely classic socialists who put stock in the idea that they/we possess the ability to manufacture Paradise on earth. They cannot admit the idea that their thoughts and actions make them more socialist than Christian. One is either an orthodox Christian or a socialist. You really cannot be both. Being a little bit socialist is as bad as being a little bit fascist. Who would admit that being a little bit fascist is a good thing? A part-time Christian is no Christian at all.

One might counter with the thought that we are all part-time Christians. I.e., no one is a perfect Christian. Such a statement reveals an inadequate formation in the Faith. A Christian relies on the mercy and grace of God to sustain them and cooperates with God's grace to grow in holiness. When one fails in one's Christian obligations, the Sacrament of Mercy—Penance—is engaged to help one recover one's orientation to Christ.

The liberal-religionist, having dispensed with the need for the Sacrament of Penance, offers little hope to the person impoverished by sin. They eliminate the need to cooperate with Jesus to overcome sin and be saved and instead focus on that crude heresy called universalism, that all will be saved no matter what is done or not done in this life. So, while a charge of rigourism from "progressivists" is leveled at faithful Catholics who uphold the Lord's teaching on justice and mercy and hope in God's grace to overcome sin, the liberal-religionists, i.e., the "progressive Catholics", are the one's who have attached to themselves the power of binding and loosing reserved to the Successor of Peter. The "progressive Catholics" are, however, merely promoting a loosening of the demands of the Gospel and encouraging people to a limp witness of the Gospel.

Dear tradition-minded readers, be prepared to be tarred and feathered as Jansenists even though being a tradition-minded (orthodox) Catholic is as far away from Jansenism as "progressive Catholicism" is from the Catholic Faith which, by the way, tradition-minded folk fully embrace.

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