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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Rolheiser and Coren - It is time for Toronto's Catholic Register to prove itself or lose its credibility entirely

How joyful we should be that we have such a fine Catholic media in Toronto lead by the Catholic Register.

Ron Rolheiser is a Catholic priest from Saskatchewan of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Ron writes in Toronto's Catholic Register. On his blog, Rolheiser has an "open letter" to the Bishops of Canada. He calls himself a "loyal son of the Church," Good for him, I'm glad he sees himself in that way. At the end of his ecumenical diatribe he suggests that the Holy Canon of the Mass, in the nervous disordered rite at least, include the following;

For example, could the prayer for the Church and its leadership in our various Eucharistic Canons have these additions: Remember, Lord, your entire Church, spread throughout the world, and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with N. our Pope and N. our Bishop, together with all who help lead other Christian Churches, and all the clergy.” Might our Eucharistic Prayers have this kind of inclusivity? 
No Ron, we cannot have this kind of heretical inclusivity because it is a lie! Where did you develop such a false ecclesiology

Pope Benedict XVI referred to protestant denominations as "ecclesial communities." They are not the Church; but what can we expect these days with the "Francis Effect" making all things new. 


In the article below from the Catholic Register, Rolheiser writes:

All faiths and all religions are journeying towards the fullness of truth. No one religion or denomination may consider its truth complete, something to permanently rest within; rather it must see it as a starting point from which to journey. Moreover, as various religions we need to feel secure enough within our own “home” so as to acknowledge the truth and beauty that is expressed in other “homes.” We need to accept (and, I suggest, be pleased) that there are other lives within which the faith is written in a different language.
This is heretical statement. The Catholic faith is Divinely revealed through Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition. All revelation ended with the death of the last apostle, St. John the Evangelist. The Truth as revealed in the Catholic Church is complete and to say otherwise is heretical.  
"Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved." Book of Acts. 4:12
Concerning this doctrine the Pope of Vatican I, Pius IX, spoke on two different occasions. In an allocution (address to an audience) on December 9th, 1854 he said: 
We must hold as of the faith, that out of the Apostolic Roman Church there is no salvation; that she is the only ark of safety, and whosoever is not in her perishes in the deluge; we must also, on the other hand, recognize with certainty that those who are invincible in ignorance of the true religion are not guilty for this in the eyes of the Lord. And who would presume to mark out the limits of this ignorance according to the character and diversity of peoples, countries, minds and the rest? 
Again, in his encyclical Quanto conficiamur moerore of 10 August, 1863 addressed to the Italian bishops, he said: 

It is known to us and to you that those who are in invincible ignorance of our most holy religion, but who observe carefully the natural law, and the precepts graven by God upon the hearts of all men, and who being disposed to obey God lead an honest and upright life, may, aided by the light of divine grace, attain to eternal life; for God who sees clearly, searches and knows the heart, the disposition, the thoughts and intentions of each, in His supreme mercy and goodness by no means permits that anyone suffer eternal punishment, who has not of his own free will fallen into sin.
There is only One Church. All others are schismatic or heretical. All other religions are false. Judaism is missing its Messiah and Islam is a lie and a distortion. The rest are pagan and idolatrous. The Council documents can nuance in the name of some global masonic ecumenical goal but the Truth prevails. There is only One Truth and His name is Jesus, the Christ the Son of God. While our Holy God, in Trinity and Unity can act outside of His Sacraments "there is no salvation outside of the Catholic Church." Can people outside of the Church gain salvation? God can act outside of His Sacraments but the ordinary means of salvation for the world is only through the Catholic Church. 

The blasphemy below puts the cross between the Star of David and the Islamist Crescent. We have Christians dying by the thousands at the hands of a political system which masquerades as a religion founded by a warlord and pervert; Rollheiser has the temerity to put this death-cult on the same level as the One, True, Faith founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The logo below heads the article in the Register. It is syncretic and pantheist, it is heretical suggesting that Christianity and specifically, Catholicism, is just one of many. This is a heretical notion and goes against Holy Scripture and Tradition and revealed Truth. Other than Judaism, the other symbols are pagan and idolatrous. Notice the "one-child" of the alien family in the centre - no doubt intended to be the revealed truth of environmentalism.

We have the writings of the Fathers of the Church and great saints on the matter of "Extra eccelsiam nuam salus" from Iraneus to Bellarmine. Is Ron Rolheiser putting himself before these men? Is he putting himself before these Popes, or is everything that came before 1963 discarded? When Pope Benedict XVI spoke of a "rupture" and taught that the Second Vatican Council must be read with a "hermeneutic of continuity" this is what he was speaking and writing about. 


The work of Rolheiser in the Catholic Register and on his blog can best be described as Sentimental Theology written by Brother Francis, M.I.C.M., and is even more relevant today then when it was written seventy plus years ago:
Sentimentality is not only a sentiment out of place, it is a sentiment without object. It is like falling in love with love, hoping for hope, or making a sincere effort at being sincere. It is good sentiment to guard the gifts of those you love; it is sentimentality to crowd the house with all kinds of things you throw away. Sentimentality is not even an act; it is just a state of the mind. It is an atmosphere which softens the character, suffocates the mind, and inflicts the will with paralysis. A sentimental mother would let her child die rather than allow a surgical operation to wound his body. In the same way, a sentimental Christian would let his friend miss the opportunity of salvation and go to hell rather than hurt his feelings. Sentimentality is inimical both to charity and to truth. Am I intelligent as a Christian if I allow those who are dear and close to me to incur the slightest danger of losing the friendship of God for all eternity by giving them in return my friendship in this short life? And would I not be endangering my own soul were I to drive this bargain?
Yesterday, we had the news that Michael Coren has become an Anglican. Now we have this heretical philosophy put forth by Rolheiser. It is time for the Catholic Register to act. I am calling on the Archbishop of Toronto, Thomas Cardinal Collins to ensure that the Catholic Register, owned by him under the provision in common-law of Corporation Sole be swept clean of these dissenters.

How much more do faithful Catholic need to take from their own?

The contact page for the Catholic Register can be found here.  One may also write the Archbishop at archbishop@archtoronto.org or communications@archtoronto.org 

Enough!

Principles for interfaith dialogue, attitudes
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Principles for interfaith dialogue, attitudes

  • April 23, 2015
We live inside a world and inside religions that are too given to disrespect and violence. Virtually every newscast documents the prevalence of disrespect and violence done in the name of religion, disrespect done for the sake of God (strange as that expression may seem). Invariably those acting in this way see their actions, justified by sacred cause.
And, if history is to be believed, it has always been so. No religion has been innocent. Every one of the great religions of the world has been persecuted and persecutor. So this begs the question: What are some fundamental principles we are asked to live out apposite our relationship to other faiths, irrespective of our particular faith?
What’s best in each of our traditions would suggest these 10 principles:
1. All that is good, true and beautiful comes from one and the same author, God. Nothing that is true, irrespective of its particular religious or secular cloak, may be seen as opposed to true faith and religion.
2. God wills the salvation of all people, equally, without discrimination. God has no favourites. All people have access to God and to His Spirit, and the whole of humankind has never lacked for divine providence. Moreover each religion is to reject nothing that is true and holy in other religions.  
3. No one religion or denomination has the full and whole truth. God is both infinite and ineffable. For this reason, God cannot be captured adequately in human concepts and language. Thus, while our knowledge of God may be true, it is always only partial. God can be truly known, but God cannot be adequately thought.
4. All faiths and all religions are journeying towards the fullness of truth. No one religion or denomination may consider its truth complete, something to permanently rest within; rather it must see it as a starting point from which to journey. Moreover, as various religions we need to feel secure enough within our own “home” so as to acknowledge the truth and beauty that is expressed in other “homes.” We need to accept (and, I suggest, be pleased) that there are other lives within which the faith is written in a different language.
5. Diversity within religions is a richness, willed by God. God does not just wish our unity; God also blesses our diversity which helps reveal the stunning over-abundance within God. Religious diversity is the cause of much tension, but that diversity and the struggle to overcome it will contribute strongly to the richness of our eventual unity.
6. God is “scattered” in world religions. Anything that is positive within a religion expresses something of God and contributes to divine revelation. Hence, the various religions of the world all help to make God known.
7. Each person must account for his or her faith on the basis of his or her own conscience. Each of us must take responsibility for our own faith and salvation.
8. Intentionally, all the great world religions interpenetrate each other (and, for a Christian, that means that they interpenetrate the mystery of Christ). A genuine faith knows that God is solicitous for everyone and His spirit blows freely and strives to relate itself to the intentionality of other religions.
9. A simple external, historical connection to any religion is less important than achieving a personal relationship, ideally of intimacy, with God. What God wants most deeply from us, irrespective of our religion, is not a religious practice but a personal relationship that transforms our lives so as to radiate God’s goodness, truth and beauty more clearly.
10. Within our lives and within our relationship to other religions, respect, graciousness and charity must trump all other considerations. This does not mean that all religions are equal and that faith can be reduced to its lowest common denominator, but it does mean that what lies deepest inside of every sincere faith are these fundamentals: respect, graciousness and charity.
Throughout history, great thinkers have grappled with the problem of the one and the many. And, consciously or unconsciously, all of us also struggle with that tension between the one and the many, the relationship between unity and diversity; but perhaps this is not so much a problem as it is a richness that reflects the over-abundance of God and our human struggle to grasp that over-abundance. Perhaps the issue of religious diversity might be described in this way:
Different peoples, one Earth.
Different beliefs, one God.
Different languages, one heart.
Different failings, one law of gravity.
Different energies, one Spirit.
Different Scriptures, one Word.
Different forms of worship, one desire.
Different histories, one destiny.
Different disciplines, one aim.
Different approaches, one road.
Different faiths — one Mother, one Father, one Earth, one sky, one beginning, one end.
(Fr. Rolheiser can be reached at ronrolheiser.com.)

4 comments:

TH2 said...

Vox,

Let me be straightforward: appealing to the Catholic Register to change in whatever way is a waste of time. Logic, reason and common sense do not work. Dogma and the Magisterium to its personnel are side issues of insignificant weight. Anyway, CR has been in downfall for many years now, particularly since the Destroyers Joseph Sinasac and Michael Swan came on board. The emasculated, soft-spoken Collins will not do anything. Has not his track record proven anything? E.g. utter failure in dealing with the Sodomite agenda in Catholic schools.

Rather, in my view what must be done - especially now with the rogue pontificate of Francis - is to regularly expose the heresies, omissions, sentimentalism, dilettantism, obfuscations of its editors, reporters and columnists. They are all "friends" with one another, affirm one another, "look out" for one another, impelled also by the desire for prestige - and do not be fooled whether their writings come across as conservative, traditional or progressive. All of them, to whatever degree, have capitulated to Modernism. This is a harsh reality that must be acknowledged.

Brian said...

If authentic faith and morals is your optic, then the Catholic Register lost all credibility decades ago, or at least after Larry Henderson departed. Where have the Archbishops been all these years? Spineless puppies, I'm afraid. Anyone interested in consumer "Catholicism"? Then, the Catholic Register is for you.

Seraphic Spouse said...

Aw. That hurts.

DJR said...

5. Diversity within religions is a richness, willed by God. God does not just wish our unity; God also blesses our diversity which helps reveal the stunning over-abundance within God. Religious diversity is the cause of much tension, but that diversity and the struggle to overcome it will contribute strongly to the richness of our eventual unity."

If religious diversity is willed by God, and if said diversity "is the cause of much tension," then the tension is also willed by God.

To Our Lord's haunting words about being able to find Faith when He returns, we may also add the question: Will He be able to find at least a little bit of common sense among His own clergy?

DJR