Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dying Gasps


Deacon Nick Donnelly,  at his Protect the Pope site,  has revealed that the sad old folk of Call to Action have convened meetings in various English dioceses. (I've linked to Call to Action in the US - CTA-USA I tried CTA-UK but that turns out to be the rather more interesting  Cinema Theatre Association).

They maintain ‘there seems a reluctance to listen to the people whose lived reality is so often at odds with the teaching of the institutional Church.’

I think they are nearly right.  What I see is a reluctance to listen by the people whose lived reality is so often at odds with the teaching of the One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

I think these poor deluded souls are quite panicked as their sell-by date has come and gone, and they remain rotting, unwanted, on the back of the shelf...

The days when anybody seriously thought that they could re-create the Church to reflect their own self-centred view of what the Church should be are long past.

With hindsight, one can see that this idea was dying even when it seemed to flourish.  Humanae Vitae and the Credo of the People of God were early signs; Veritatis Splendor was very clear writing on the wall, the Catechism of the Catholic Church was the death-knell for such thinking, and practically everything said or done by Pope Benedict XVI, now gloriously reigning, has confirmed that reality.

True, there has been a lot of noise in the system; and true, that has resulted in the tragedy of many being deceived and losing their Faith.

But Portae inferi non praevalebunt adversus ecclesiam (the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church), and it was to Peter that Christ said tibi dabo claves regni caelorum (I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.)

So whilst we should, rightly, be indignant at the noises emanating from these sad Call to Action chaps, and at those who collude when they should know better, we should recognise such noises for what they are: the dying gasps of an ill-conceived and ill-fated movement that, in the fullness of time will barely be a footnote in the history of the Church.

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Footnote:

Why the Latin?

1 It annoys the Latin-haters (inc Satan)
2 It adds an appearance of class to an otherwise pedestrian blog
3 It rewards those who persevered through the Liturgical Latin blogs
4 It is the language of the Roman Church

1 comment:

Mac McLernon said...

I don't think they're rotting. Rotting implies an active process which restores useful nutrients to the soil.

This lot embodies an approach which is dessicated and mummified...