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).

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Brand names for the Synod: Chaputians v. Kasperites

Let's consider the merit of using brand names to identify theological orientation.

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Brand names should accurately reflect the content of the product. A brand name represents or summarizes reputation. A brand name distinguishes one product or company from another.

When it comes to the name 'Catholic', we Catholics have a duty to preserve the authentic meaning of the brand, so-to-speak. We are "branded" by (baptized in) Christ. As Catholics, we belong to the original (one, holy, catholic and apostolic) Church that Christ Himself established on Saint Peter. Catholics have a duty to live the Gospel as Jesus and His Apostles and their orthodox successors teach us.

This side of heaven, some folk embody the model disciple better than others. Those who die in Christ whom we refer to as (canonized) saints are, of course, exemplars of the Faith. Their faithfulness to the brand—the name of disciple of Jesus—is confirmed through miracles that prove their presence among the company of the Lord and His angels and the souls in heaven.

As we are all aware, there are many brand names which represent substandard products or services, cheap knockoffs that provide you with the satisfaction or lack thereof proportionate to exactly the dollar/euro amount paid. Unfortunately, the purveyors of those products of questionable quality know all too well how to misrepresent their wares and sell them to unsuspecting persons. Those shabby enterprises are exactly the reason we have organizations such as the Better Business Bureau and other consumer advocacy groups which expose malfeasance.

Caveat emptor.

The Church has her own Better Business Bureau. It's called the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Branding the Church

While Archbishop Chaput is busy ordaining men to the priesthood (visit link below), Cardinal Kasper, and with him Cardinal Marx among other German prelates, presides over a vanishing flock bereft of vocations.
Called by Name

Young men eager to immerse themselves in the Church's Apostolic heritage are flocking to dioceses and bishops who preserve and celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the mind of the Church, the same dioceses that are bastions of joyful orthodoxy. Might we call those oases of vocations Benedictine after the inspiration of Pope Benedict XVI?

By contrast, dioceses in which the Faith has been watered down and compromised by heterodox prelates and priests have become virtual vocations wastelands. The Liturgy celebrated like a circus in such places is an obvious deterrent to vocations, a reality that continues to elude the armchair diocesan sociologists who, excepting the accurate cause, dream up every other excuse for the vocations crisis.

Even when they, the pundits, have an entire continent heralding a solution to the crisis of Faith—vocations rich Africa—they ignore the obvious indicators and stubbornly cling to that demon 'spirit of Vatican II' that blesses sinful behaviours, permits heresy and sanctions departures from liturgical norms which empties pews faster than a shout of 'fire!' Fire, as in hellfire. It is an understandable consequence, having been exposed to a threat to one's faith, when a person flees a parish which sucks the life of the Spirit out of believers and where "liturgists" turn the Mass into their pet political project, parishes occupied by the lobbyists for the mythical 'spirit of Vatican II'.

Name Calling

Let's call the heterodox by the name of one who, rather unashamedly, has made himself the poster-boy for the cause of compromise with the world. They are the Kasperites. And, let's identify by another name those whom God has chosen to bless with abundant signs that they are doing the Lord's work, the name of one who is helping people come into a deeper communion with Christ and His Church. That name would be Chaputian, which sounds something like the order to which he belongs: Capuchin.

Events at the Synod in Rome more than confirm the appropriateness of both appellations.

In the Church, we have no need of political terms such as liberal and conservative. As in years past, the misguided were often better known or described by their identification with the agenda of errant clergy. For example, we speak of the Arians, so named because of their association with the heretical thought initiated by Arius. Or, we have Nestorians, so named because of an association with Nestorius.

Let the orthodox be known by the name of a humble man who, in all likelihood, would shun all attention at the thought of his name being used as a rallying cry of sorts. He would probably much prefer the name 'Catholic' be applied to those who live the Faith with integrity and defend the Faith from assault by those in the Kasperite camp. 

Let the heterodox be known by the name of a man who appears to drink in attention with the ease of a rockstar who basks willingly in hollow fame.

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