Way or the Other
Thomas A. Droleskey
devoted to the restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass, gushing with
enthusiasm over the new pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, have indicated
that we should not be concerned about statements made by Joseph Cardinal
Ratzinger when he was the Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine
of the Faith (or a teacher of theology in Germany). Our new Holy Father's
past statements can be considered to be indicative of "weaknesses"
from which we all suffer. Unfortunately, the former Cardinal Ratzinger's
rejection of the perennial teaching of the Catholic Church on the State
and of the necessity to oppose the principles of Modernity in their
entirety does not suggest "weakness" but a manifest willfulness
to dispense with the past in favor of the novelties of the present,
novelties that are at complete variance with what was pronounced by
Holy Mother Church prior to the Second Vatican Council.
for example, this passage from Father Paul Kramer's The Devil's
Final Battle, which contains a quotation from then Cardinal Ratzinger's
Principles of Catholic Theology, printed by Ignatius Press
it is desirable to offer a diagnosis of the text (Gaudium et Spes)
as a whole, we might say that (in conjunction with the texts on religious
liberty, and world religions) it is a revision of the Syllabus
of Pius IX, a kind of countersyllabus ... Let us be content
to say here that the text serves as a countersyllabus and,
as such, represents on the part of the Church, an attempt at an
official reconciliation with the new era inaugurated in 1789 .
... the one-sidedness of the position adopted by the Church
under Pius IX and Pius X in response to the situation created by the
new phase of history inaugurated by the French Revolution was, to a
large extent, corrected via facti, especially in Central Europe,
but there was still no basic statement of the relationship that should
exist between the Church and the world that had come into existence
after 1789. In fact, an attitude that was largely pre-revolutionary
continued to exist in countries with strong Catholic majorities.
Hardly anyone will deny today that the Spanish and Italian Concordat
strove to preserve too much of a view of the world that no longer
corresponded to the facts. Hardly anyone will deny today that,
in the field of education and with respect to the historico-critical
method in modern science, anachronisms existed that corresponded closely
to this adherence to an obsolete Church-state relationship.
Much has been
written and posted on this site (and will be contained in the forthcoming
Restoring Christ as the King of All Nations) that refutes the
then Cardinal Ratzinger's adherence to the formulae of Modernity that
have cost so many millions of lives and souls in the horrible bloodshed
and endless revolutions that have now worked their way into the Church
in her human elements. For present purposes, as there is much work I
have to do to complete the remaining hours of recording for Politics
III (which reviews the major encyclical letters on the State of Pope
Pius XI, most of whose premises have been rejected consistently by our
new Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI) of Christ the King College, consider
the following passage from Pope Leo XIII's Custodi Di Quella Fede,
his Encyclical Letter on the influence of Freemasonry in Italy.
should avoid familiarity or friendship with anyone suspected of belonging
to Masonry or to affiliated groups. Know them by their fruits and avoid
them. Every familiarity should be avoided, not only with those impious
libertines who openly promote the character of the sect, but also with
those who hide under the mask of universal tolerance, respect for all
religions, and the craving to reconcile the maxims of the Gospel with
those of the revolution. These men seek to reconcile Christ and Belial,
the Church of God and the state without God.
It is either
one way or the other. Did the perennial Social Teaching of the Catholic
Church correspond to the Deposit of Faith even though it contradicted
the facts of the day, lifting high the Sign of Contradiction
that it is the Divine Redeemer's Holy Cross? Or does the novel approach
of the past forty years completely obviate that perennial Social Teaching,
consigning the great treasury of Catholic wisdom expressed by one pope
after another to the status of anachronisms that adhere to an "obsolete"
Church-state relationship? Is the latter merely weakness, or is it,
more accurately, a prideful rejection of the authentic patrimony of
the Catholic Church?
The hour is
yet early in the new regime. We pray for our new Holy Father. There
are days when he offers beautiful words that resonate with truth. There
are others when he embraces the novelty of ecumenism as though all of
the objective evidence of its harm to the Church and to the world does
not exist and has not been empirically documented. This has led Father
Lawrence C. Smith to offer the following observation:
the good-cop/bad-cop, Jekyll/Hyde, Sybill-shpherd routine IS modernist.
The Catholic knows and obeys Christ's command to let yes mean yes and
no mean no. The Catholic knows that light has no concourse with darkness.
Christ has nothing to do with Belial. The Catholic knows that in the
New Jerusalem, no dialogue has occurred between the pure saints and
the forever forbidden fornicators, idolaters, and liars. If we do not
know from day to day with which Pope Benedict we are dealing, then we
know for sure that we are dealing with a continuation of the audodemolition
of the Church as described by that Hamlet of a Pope, Paul VI. God bless
you, Father Smith.
While we pray
fervently for our new Holy Father and hold out hope that he will indeed
break from the paper trail that has painted him by and in his own words
as one who rejects the perennial Social Teaching of the Church as "outdated,"
it is irresponsible for anyone to contend that those words are unimportant
or merely indicative of some moment or two of "weakness."
The words quoted above are indicative of a serious concern for Catholics
about the willingness of Pope Benedict XVI to break from the failures
of the past forty years and to embrace with humility and love the wisdom
found in the prophetic warnings in the writings of Popes from Blessed
Pius IX to Leo XIII to Saint Pius X to Benedict XV to Pius XI, no less
than to fulfill completely and without delay Our Lady's Fatima Message
by the proper consecration of Russia to her Sorrowful and Immaculate
Help of Christians, pray for us.
pray for Pope Benedict XVI.