Skip to comments.Letter to Mrs. Don-o's bishop re: the New Paradigm (Cath Caucus)
Posted on 02/28/2018 11:38:19 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o
This letter was written and sent a few days before a diocesan conference centering on "The Legacy of St. Pope John Paul II".
Dear Bishop --------
Please allowed me to ask a few questions which are urgent to me and others of the faithful.
1. The Legacy of Pope John Paul II is being replaced by a New Paradigm being taught by such highly-placed teachers at Cardinal Cupich of Chicago. They claim that previous teaching about Faith, Morals, and Sacramental practice are pastorally unhelpful. They deny that there are acts that are intrinsically wrong. They propose that God has given us suggestions, or high ideals impossible to attain, rather than commandments to be obeyed.
Does this not contradict the Four Marks of the Church, as presented in the Creed and the Catechism, and as still taught by such clear Catholic authorities as Fr. Thomas Weinandy, formerly of the USCCB?
Are we receive this New Paradigm? Ignore it? Or openly resist it?
2. Veritatis Splendor, Familiaris Consortio, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church --- the three towering doctrinal achievements of Pope John Paul II's papacy ---- affirmed the objective nature of Moral Law, and our duty to avoid acts which are forbidden as intrinsically evil, such as adultery, murder, perjury, and apostasy. Can a legitimate application of, for instance, Amoris Laetitia contradict what was taught in Veritatis Splendor?
Must we now teach that no Commandment of God is so firm that it cannot be set aside for the moment --- or indefinitely --- for sufficiently pressing personal reasons?3. These three great documents of the Pope John Paul II era, deriving so clearly and directly from Sacred Scriptures, are my prime resources as an RCIA teacher. Now the New Paradigm proposes that we should focus on accompanying the "individual conscience" as supreme.
As an RCIA teacher, should I keep teaching from Scripture and Catechism? Or something else?
4. Pope John Paul's Familiaris Consortio reiterated long-settled truths which are now being challenged. Different Bishops are taking opposite stands on this: e.g, in Poland, to have sexual relations in an invalid civil "second marriage" would be a mortal sin, while in Italy it may be a venial sin, while in Germany it may be a moral obligation. What is an evil in Philadelphia may be a move of the Holy Spirit in Chicago. What is abhorred Madison may be celebrated in Newark.
Is not this decentralization of doctrine in contradiction with the Four Marks of the Catholic Church, particularly in that the Church must be One and Holy?5. The Buenos Aires Bishops' interpretation of Amoris Laetitia, together with a letter from Pope Francis saying "There is no other interpretation," has been published in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis (AAS). Does this truly make New Paradigm understandings of Faith, Morals, and Sacramental practice part of the authentic Magisterium? The silence on the part of most Bishops, both in this country and around the world, has been unsettling.
Is silence consent? Have the Bishops received the Buenos Aires Document as Magisterium?
Am I, as a Catholic, obliged to receive with docility of mind and heart what is now presented in the AAS as binding, even if it contradicts the Old Paradigm of the previous Magisterium?
We want to know Truths of the Faith because we must both teach them and live by them. We are not looking for what is speculative, theoretical and exceptional but rather, according to Our Lord's precept, a Yes which means Yes and a No which means No.
Urgently in Christ,
Rome is a sewer.
if more people had written letters in the late 60’s, maybe we wouldn’t have to write so many today...but, then, letting the fox guard the hen house never was a good idea...
And I'm certainly not going to stop writing.
You’ll get your response about the time that Francis responds to November 2016 letter from the four dissenting Cardinals, i.e. somewhere between never and eternity. The already massive decline in Mass attendance will be accelerated by this heresy. The fate of the traditional Protestant churches in North America proves this. Genuine Christians within the Church will either move to Eastern rite Churches, some will find a home in Evangelical Churches, and some will be discouraged to the point where they stay home on Sunday. The Catholic Church needs a schism. True Catholics need to renounce the pretenders that occupy the Vatican.
Im not Catholic so I probably dont belong on this ping list.
OK. Pray for us, anyway, will you?
It appears with the appointment of Francis the sodomite, the Catholic Church is officially kaput
You never know, you might get a phone call.
A genuine tragedy for Catholics and society.
Of course I will.
There are certainly churches of the traditional variety in Northeast Tennessee, just not of the traditional Roman Catholic variety.
Yeah, that was a rhetorical question, meant to cause a wince.
“Lord, to whom would we go? You alone have words of eternal life.
You see, this is why God saved you!
You may be interested in this:
AB Chaput: Catholics need faith and reason, not a new paradigm
The main takeaway from Fides et Ratio is that learning how to think clearly, with the Church, in a mature and well-informed fashion, is vital. Its every bit as crucial as feeling our religious convictions deeply. Sentiment isnt enough, and that directly affects how we understand the role of conscience.
Christian faith is more than good will and kind intentions. Conscience is more than our personally sincere opinions. A healthy conscience needs a strong formation in the commonly held truths of the Catholic community. Without it, conscience can very quickly turn into an alibi machine. The world is a complicated place. It requires sound Catholic reasoning skills rooted in the teaching of the Church.
The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ, not the Mystical Body of the Pope. Popes come and go. the Church still has Her one foundation, which is the Lord Jesus.
Yes, I know that you are correct.
But it seems that this pope is hell bent to destroy the church and all that it has stood for over the centuries.
I am more in the mindset like Ann Barnhardt. She is much more pessimistic for the outlook of the church if this anti-pope is able to infect it completely.
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