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).

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Superior General of the Jesuits repeats the errors of the accursed 'Jesus Seminar'?

The blogosphere is, as you, dear readers, are probably aware, ablaze with condemnations of comments made by the Superior General of the Jesuits.
Rejecting charges of “relativizing” the words of Jesus, and even doctrinal heresy, the superior general of the worldwide Jesuit order on Sunday stood by his insistence that no one was tape-recording Christ, and therefore statements attributed to him in the New Testament, including on marriage, have to be “interpreted.” [S]
The Sacraments provide a necessary context for an authoritative interpretation of Jesus' teachings. Faithful stewards of the sacraments have precisely conserved the teaching of Jesus by faithfully handing on the Sacraments. Only in our day has the lex orandi lex credendi been weakened to such an extent as to obscure confidence in the words of Jesus recorded in Holy Scripture. There is much less of a problem of deviating from liturgical norms which preserve the theological truths given to the Church by Jesus among Tradition-minded Catholics who, looking to the traditional forms of the Mass which have for centuries reliably preserved the rule of the Faith, know well enough to see (and hear) Jesus' teachings without obfuscation by relics, for example, of the presumptuously named Jesus Seminar, that sadly misguided 1980s enterprise comprised of a cadre of historical-critical method heretics who, gaining notoriety for themselves, attempted to empty the Gospels of meaning and stir up needless controversy. That diabolical (Jesus Seminar) movement and (historical-critical) interpretive praxis popular among liberal religionists contributed to a massive loss of faith and a sickening of biblical commentary.

Catholics are not sola scriptura "christians". For us, the data of the Faith and hence doctrinal authority is both-and: both Scripture and Tradition. The Apostolic Tradition, written and oral, is found most sublimely in the Sacred Liturgy. That both-and understanding is preserved by the divinely guided and protected Magisterium of the Church.

Readers are invited to recall the quotes which appear at the base of the header of this blog:
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). 
The Superior General of the Jesuits seems to have missed the above points in his training. One even as well educated as a Jesuit Superior General can fall into error if he forgets a component or nuance vital to understanding the (interpretation of the) data of revelation. Pride can blind even the most intelligent among us to the Truth. As for interpreting Holy Scripture, we should look not those who seek to empty Scripture of meaning. Rather, we should look to the Magisterium of the Church stretching back to Jesus Himself, the Lord, and the witness provided by Saint Paul and other Apostles in their letters for authoritative interpretations of the revelation of God.

We can be confident in the ability of our forefathers to precisely record the words of Jesus and transmit them without adulteration from generation to generation. Perfect recollection unaided by technology—unless one considers the Mass a 'technology'—in any age for that matter, is entirely possible. A keen memory for Truth was and is commonly place among those eager to preserve the record of someone's teaching. A piano concerto can be passed from teacher to student (without benefit of a written score) note for note, rhythm for rhythm, for a generation without error. Mozart, Glazounov and others possessed perfect memories able to capture and communicate entire works without error. Is it so difficult to believe that Christians who witnessed Jesus teaching and working miracles could remember precisely those words and deeds and transmit them by word of mouth to others?

The teachings of Jesus conserved by the Apostles have been faithfully handed on by the successors of the Apostles. Those successors have been aided in their handing on (traditio) of the Gospel by the Holy Spirit, as Jesus promised to those bishops in communion with the successor of Saint Peter.

Others do a fine job of parsing the General's comments, so no additional space will be wasted here on the subject.
http://wdtprs.com/blog/2017/04/head-of-the-jesuits-doubles-down-on-his-no-one-had-a-tape-recorder-remarks/

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