Skip to comments.Laudato Si: The Teilhard Connection
Posted on 05/25/2018 7:25:36 PM PDT by ebb tide
As I have indicated in other columns on this page, Laudato Si is an astonishing collection of problematical statements the likes of which have never appeared in any papal encyclical, ranging from dubious scientific opinions to humanist social commentary addressed to every person living on this planet, to a grab bag of vague political and economic recommendations which are none of the Popes business. But what does it all mean? As Andrea Galgiarducci has so succinctly put it, there is everything and nothing in Laudato Si.
One could write an entire book about this paradigmatic document, which signals what I would call a final, post-Catholic phase of the Churchs opening to the world at Vatican II. But I will have to limit myself to columns like this one.
Today, I would like to mention yet another of the detonated mines in this minefield of a document: its endorsement of that theological and scientific fraud, Teilhard de Chardin. It comes at paragraph 83 of Laudato, where we read the following stupefying pronouncement:
The end of the way of the universe is in the fullness of God, which has already been achieved by the risen Christ, fulcrum of the universal maturation . The final end of other creatures is not in us. Instead, all advance, together with us and through us, toward the common destination, which is God, in a transcendent fullness where the Risen Christ embraces and illuminates everything. The human being, in fact, gifted with intelligence and love, and attracted by the fullness of Christ, is called to lead all creatures back to their Creator.
[Note: This is my own translation, as the Vaticans English translation is not faithful to the original Italian, including the key phrase fulcro della maturazione universale fulcrum of the universal maturation.]
With all due respect, what sort of nonsense is this? Christ has not achieved the fullness of God with the Resurrection. Christ is God, and He rose by His own power. Nor is Christ any sort of fulcrum of a universal maturation, according to which all creatures are advancing through us toward some nebulous transcendent fullness. This is nothing other than de Chardins bogus notion of Christ as the Omega Point, or end, of the evolution of all things. And, indeed, Francis at this point in the recyclical cites none other than de Chardin: Against this horizon we can set the contribution of Fr. Teilhard de Chardin
Contribution? What contribution? In terms of science, Teilhard contributed two frauds: the alleged missing links Piltdown Man and Peking Man, the former withdrawn in disgrace by the British Museum and the latter consigned to oblivion when evidence emerged that this so-called evolutionary ancestor of man was simply an ancient man.
In terms of theology, Teilhard contributed a mountain of neo-Modernist, poetic gibberish condemned by the Holy Office under John XXIII on June 30, 1962, only a few months before the opening of the disastrous Second Vatican Council:
The above-mentioned works abound in such ambiguities and indeed even serious errors, as to offend Catholic doctrine.
For this reason, the most eminent and most revered Fathers of the Holy Office exhort all Ordinaries as well as the superiors of Religious institutes, rectors of seminaries and presidents of universities, effectively to protect the minds, particularly of the youth, against the dangers presented by the works of Fr. Teilhard de Chardin and of his followers.
Teilhard was not only a scientific and a theological fraud. He was also an evolutionary monomaniac, who openly advocated eugenics the selective breeding of humans as also advocated by his patron, the infamous atheist and eugenicist Julian Huxley. Huxley promoted Teilhards work after it had met with nothing but condemnation in the Church since the 1920s. For example, in his The Phenomenon of Man (p. 281), to which the evil Huxley wrote a laudatory introduction, Teilhard openly declared:
So far we have certainly allowed our race to develop at random, and we have given too little thought to the question of what medical and moral factors must replace the crude forces of natural selection should we suppress them. In the course of the coming centuries it is indispensable that a nobly human form of eugenics, on a standard worthy of our personalities, should be discovered and developed.
As Huxley could see, Teilhards evolutionary theology leads in the end to atheism, for Evolution is Teilhards god. Let Teilhards own words convict him: It is Christ, in very truth, who saves but should we not immediately add that, at the same time, it is Christ who is saved by Evolution? (The Heart of the Matter, p. 92) Fittingly, therefore, de Chardin is the only Catholic author whose works were on display in Moscows Hall of Atheism alongside those of Marx and Lenin. Thus, de Chardins work is literally among the errors of Russia of whose spread Our Lady warned at Fatima.
Yet now, for the first time, this heretical loon receives favorable mention in a papal encyclical, which cites his imaginary contribution to the Church. There is no end of trouble with Laudato Si. It is just another aspect of the diabolical disorientation of the Church in our time.
I posted the wrong year the article was written; it was 2015.
The more Frankie does and says the more those who really love Jesus will wake up to the truth.
Gobble gobble oink oink fulcrum of universal maturation. bullbleep chickensheet - I give up! The saving grace for faith with Poope Francis in charge is that nobody can figure out WTF hes trying to say. Its so mumble jumble garbled. Ridiculous
I am not a Catholic, but it seems to me that many of them - including some previous Popes - have thought highly of some aspects of the thinking of Teilhard de Chardin.
Admiration for Teilhard de Chardin is almost universal in JesuitWorld.
Indeed! A friend of my husband and fellow POW told the story of registering his nonCatholic son at a Jesuit high school in Texas (can’t remember where—it wasn’t Houston), admitting to my husband and the several other Catholic POWs at dinner that Catholic schools provided the best education available in this country. But then he continued his story. While waiting for the priest-registrar to take a call in the outer room, Ron’s gaze was drawn to one of the books on the registrar’s desk. As he picked it up, the registrar returned. “Ah, I see you’ve discovered one of our great minds,” the registrar said, “Teilhard de Chardin.” “Actually,” Ron said, “I discovered him in prison. It was one of the few books the Communists gave us to read during our last three months in Hanoi.”
I think its likely that the communists truly understood little of his wider thought and philosophy - especially as it was informed by his religion - but knew of the controversy and contention surrounding him and believed his influence could weaken the Church.
I dont know a lot about him, but I am very interested in thinkers who attempt to reconcile religion with what seems to be powerful evidence of a kind of evolutionary process as part of the Divine Design.
He was a jesuit priest like so many of the big 20th century theologians: von Balthasar, de Lubac, Karl Rahner, etc.
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