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.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Catholic Extremist. Are you one?

All one must do to be considered a Catholic extremist is to promote one or more of the following ideas considered anathema by militant secularists and regressive liberal-religionists within and outside the Church:
  • The Catholic Church is the Church founded by Jesus Christ (link).
  • The Catholic Church, because she is faithful to her Lord and Saviour, is right about human sexuality and social issues (link).
  • The Pope, i.e., the Bishop of Rome, is not merely the "first among equals", a concept foreign to the Gospels. The Bishop of Rome is the successor of the Apostle Peter, the Vicar of Christ. Jesus gave to Peter—not Andrew nor John nor any other apostle—the keys to the Kingdom. To quote Pope St. Leo I (the Great):
    "Our Lord Jesus Christ . . . has placed the principal charge on the blessed Peter, chief of all the apostles, and from him as from the head wishes his gifts to flow to all the body, so that anyone who dares to secede from Peter’s solid rock may understand that he has no part or lot in the divine mystery. He wished him who had been received into partnership in his undivided unity to be named what he himself was, when he said: ‘You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church’ [Matt. 16:18], that the building of the eternal temple might rest on Peter’s solid rock, strengthening his Church so surely that neither could human rashness assail it nor the gates of hell prevail against it" (Letters 10:1 [A.D. 445).

  • Catholics are bound by conscience—a conscience that is properly formed according to the teaching of the Church (CCC Article 6)—to resist unjust laws (CCC2242). 
  • Catholic worship is properly ad orientem. The current Roman Missal assumes ad orientem worship (link).
  • The Holy Eucharist is the real Presence of Christ—Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity (CCC1347).
  • Only baptized males can be ordained to the priesthood (CCC1577).
People may disagree with the substance of the truths listed above, but a rejection of the facts of the Catholic Faith, nor a failure to live up to the Church's teachings, does not render them any less true nor any less meaningful. One can and should ask God for the grace to live the Gospel in its fullness, or one can whine or complain or storm off in a hissyfit and occupy a lonely castle wherein one dwells in the safety of one's own mental maze of self deception. Should one choose to disagree with the above truths and lead others into error, then one should not call oneself a faithful Catholic. There are more accurate labels for those who, hiding behind a thin veneer of Catholicism, deliberately reject the teaching of the Catholic Church.

Monikers for the lapsi (those who slip) include:
  • Catholics-in-name-only (CINO)
  • Lapsed Catholics
  • Cafeteria Catholics
  • Cultural Catholics
  • Apostates
  • Submarine Catholics (because they surface twice a year)
  • Two-Timers (Christmas & Easter)
  • Chreasters (a contraction of Christmas + Easter)
  • C&E Catholics
  • Poinsettia & Lily Catholics (PALC)
  • APEC Catholics (Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Easter, and Christmas)
  • CEO Catholics (Christmas and Easter Only)
  • CAPE Catholics (Christmas, Ash [Wednesday], Palm [Sunday], Easter)
  • PACE Catholics (Palm [Sunday], Ash [Wednesday], Christmas, Easter)
  • CASE Catholics (Christmas and Sometimes Easter)
  • CME Catholics (Christmas, Mother's Day and Easter)
Conversely, labels for the stantes (those who stand firm) include:
  • Catholics
  • Recusants
  • (and for those who suffer and die for the Faith) Martyrs
Label frequently abused by the mainstream media and the lapsi:
  • devout Catholic

2 comments:

  1. Good Lord, I accept all of the above doctrines. Actually, in my workplace and among my colleagues at work I am a self-described fanatical Catholic. Although similar to being an extremist Catholic, a fanatical Catholic has a more piercing steely eyed gaze and tighter facial muscles required for grimacing at the constant flow of banal idiocies thrown about these days by all manner of progressives incapable of rationale thought. Other than that, I'm a modest person.

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    1. @ John the Mad.

      Glad to be in the company of another fanatic!

      The following post from 2014 might resonate with you:
      http://catholicsacristan.blogspot.ca/2014/07/who-are-you-calling-fanatic.html

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