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).

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Baum. Boom.

The news is... out. Gregory Baum—ex-priest, Vatican II peritus, broker of a double life... or is that triple life—has given a full discloser of his wayward doings in a recent book, The Oil Has Not Run Dry: The Story of My Theological Pathway.

The 93 year old Baum's confession(?), however, shows little remorse. Do we forgive him? Sure. Do we overlook his duplicitous acts, his very bad behaviour that has contributed to the loss of a generation of souls who, having lapped up the bile he disseminated among Catholic Canadians, used Baum's thought to fuel their rebellion against Humanæ Vitæ? Nope.

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Gregory Baum's legacy will be welcome in an archive of biographies of infamous heretics and ne'er-do-wells. He, like so many of the present era, simply couldn't keep his trouser fly zipped up. And, like so many pathetic progressives, he's still searching for a way to justify his behaviour rather than 'fess up and embrace the saving design to which Jesus Christ call us all. Baum, of all people, knows what true contrition should be. He appears to be showing little humility in his latest public display of literary braggadocio.

The blogosphere is lit up with a fury of complaints, and rightly so. Many comments in the various comboxes are, like Baum's behaviour, unpleasant. The anger directed at Baum might be measured by the metric tonne.

Well known websites such as LifeSiteNews have the following or something similar to say:
Baum was also influential in the Catholic Church in Canada despite his openly heretical positions on sexuality, which he published in various journals. His public dissent from the 1968 declaration of the Church maintaining the ban on contraception — Humanae Vitae — was instrumental in the Canadian bishops’ own dissent from the encyclical of Pope Paul VI. As the foremost expert on the Canadian bishops’ dissent, Monsignor Vincent Foy has written, “If it had not been for the black shadow of Baum over Winnipeg, his influence over some Bishops, the Canadian theological establishment and pressure groups, the Winnipeg Statement of the Canadian Bishops on Humanae Vitae would not have refused to endorse the teaching of the encyclical as it did.”
Baum's actions have severely damaged the Church in Canada. Baum has certainly not been alone by promoting an agenda of dissent from divine revelation conserved in the Church's sacred Tradition. Baum is, however, the poster child for another book that should be written. That is, "How not to be a Catholic."

Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ commands us to forgive our enemies. Baum has been an enemy of Christ and His Church for some time now. A man in his 94th year could be expected to show a little more humility given his proximity to the afterlife. Pray for Gregory Baum. He'll need every ounce of prayer we can muster.

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