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, May 30, 2017

When Catholics go wild, a history lesson provides a measure of relief.

H/T Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith

When churchmen go haywire and dance with the devil, history reminds us that 1) God is in charge, and therefore 2) Truth will out.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools(.) - Romans 1:18-22
A few verses later, Saint Paul exposes the poisonous fruit that links depraved physical behaviour and corrupt minds.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct. They were filled with all manner of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity, they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. - Romans 1:28-31
Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith at the Catholic Herald brings to our attention an interesting chapter in history that should sober up a few prelates... if they are willing to give up their addiction to their goofball thinking. However, pride being the downfall of men with good brains misused, our "eccentric uncles and peculiar cousins" will likely be too enamoured in their own sweet smelling heresy to surrender the pride that blinds them and which leads many into following them into error. Today's heretics will be unable to swallow the remedy, a medicine that is for the proud far too obvious a solution.
The synod dominated by heretics and eccentrics with bad ideas
Fr. Lucie-Smith asks
How many people remember the Synod of Pistoia? If you have never heard about it, or forgotten all about it, here are two brief articles that call fill you in.
The Synod of Pistoia was the work of two men. One was the Bishop of Pistoia, Scipione de Ricci, and the other Grand Duke Leopold of Tuscany (brother of Marie Antoinette, and later Leopold II of Austria). Leopold, like his brother Emperor Joseph, had advanced ideas about Church reform coupled with a passion for minutiae, and he found a kindred spirit in the Bishop. The Synod was called in 1786 with a view to “modernising” the Church.
Its decrees were very radical: for example, it proposed abolishing all religious orders(,) bar the Benedictines; that no women should make religious vows before the age of forty; it also proposed doing away with relics, processions, and modifying the cult of the saints and their celebration; it was particularly critical of devotion to the Sacred Heart.
Fr. Lucie-Smith follows up with an exposition of the actions which developed in the wake of the Synod of Pistoia.

For a healthy dose of context and "keep calm...", carry on to the Catholic Herald site to read the rest of his informative article. His commentary may predict needed corrections in or among the hierarchy which for many cannot come soon enough.

Come Holy Spirit and renew the face of the earth!

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