“ Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. …  “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor lose courage when you are punished by him.  For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”  It is for discipline that you have to endure.” — Hebrews 12
“ Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,  who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,  but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name,  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” — Philippians 2
[NB: Dale Price has posted his last installment of his descent into and adjustment to “the Francis Effect.” Get some!]
The following is an excerpt, some of which you may have already read here, from Cdl. Rodriguez Maradiaga’s recent
ideological training session speech in Dallas. Given its length, and my own commitments as a husband, teacher, and blogger, I thought I would merely let it pass me by, like some distant explosion on the battlefield, or like some faint memory of a nightmare upon waking. However, and with no small thanks to Louie Verrecchio, (here1 and here2), I see it is something that I must read in full. It must be triaged, even if I do not address it again here at FCA. For I now see how insouciantly, if not brazenly, destructive many of Maradiaga’s лозунги statements are, and how empowering his speech is bound to be to the punitive psychiatry efforts of too many Soft Ultramontanists. Maradiaga’s perestroika inauguration speech must be taken seriously (with the attendant risks of playing the O! BFD G), if for no other reason than that I must prepare myself for more concussions from what I’m calling the Friends of Francis Effect (here1 or here2). It has become clear to me that “my Pope Francis problem” may really have more to do with his papacy as a total phenomenon, than with his personal orthodoxy and pastoral style.
Since Maradiaga is not the Pope, may I be permitted charitably but seriously to criticize him? One can hope. In what follows, I will limit myself almost entirely to “Umm, whut?” [?] and “False dichotomy / False claim!” [!] reactions.
Even if you have no stomach for my polemical point, there is still a great spiritual reminder for us all, in the quotation I shall post after quoting Maradiaga, on this solemnity of All Saints Day. Enjoy, and don’t forget to attend Mass today!
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I give you Cardinal Vapid:
Within the people, there is not a dual classification of Christians–laity and clergy, essentially different [!] [cf. Lumen Gentium #10, 2]. …
The original [?] priesthood of Jesus is the one that has to be continued in history. And it is the basis for understanding the presbyterium and, of course, common priesthood. Thus, the whole Church, the people of God, continues the priesthood of Jesus without losing their lay character, in the realm of the profane and the unclean, the “cast out;” a priesthood that does not focus themselves exclusively [!] in the cult at the temple, but in the entire world, with a Samaritan praxis of justice and love. This priesthood belongs to the substantive plane [!]; the other – the presbyterium — is a ministry and cannot be conceived apart from the common priesthood. …
The calling of the Church, in the likeness of Jesus, is to proclaim the Kingdom of God. Even Christ himself did not proclaim or preach Himself [?], but the Kingdom [!]. The Church, as His disciple and His servant, ought to do the same. Her calling is to serve, not to rule [!]: “Servant of Humanity,” called her Pope Paul VI. She must do this service living in the world, herself a part of the world and in solidarity with it [!?], because “the world is the only subject that interests God [!?].”
And there the Church, in humble company, helps making life intelligible and dignified, making it a community of equals, without castes or classes [!]; without rich or poor; without impositions or anathemas [!?]. Her foremost goal is to care for the penultimate (hunger, housing, clothing, shoes, health, education…) [??!!] to be then able to care for the ultimate, those problems that rob us of sleep after work (our finiteness, our solitude before death, the meaning of life, pain, and evil…) [??!!]. The answer the Church gives to the “penultimate” will entitle her to speak about the “ultimate.” [??!!] For that reason, the Church must show herself as a Samaritan on earth – so she can some day partake of the eternal goods [??!!].
For this task of mission and testimony, the Church should always come equipped with faith and a spirit of service to humanity. Too many times she gives the impression of having too much certitude and too little doubt [??!!], freedom, dissension or dialogue. No more excommunicating the world [??!!], then, or trying to solve the world’s problems by returning to authoritarianism, rigidity and moralism [??!!], but instead keeping always the message of Jesus as her sole source of inspiration. [??!!]
In other words, “??!!”
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Meanwhile, back in Recognizably Catholic Land, we have the following from Pius XII, in Mystici Corporis Christi:
“65 …We deplore and condemn the pernicious error of those who dream of an imaginary Church, a kind of society that finds its origin and growth in charity, to which, somewhat contemptuously, they oppose another, which they call juridical. But this distinction which they introduce is false: for they fail to understand that the reason which led our Divine Redeemer to give to the community of man He founded the constitution of a Society, perfect of its kind and containing all the juridical and social elements – namely, that He might perpetuate on earth the saving work of Redemption, – was also the reason why He willed it to be enriched with the heavenly gifts of the Paraclete. The Eternal Father indeed willed it to be the “kingdom of the Son of his predilection;” but it was to be a real kingdom in which all believers should make Him the entire offering of their intellect and will, and humbly and obediently model themselves on Him, Who for our sake “was made obedient unto death.” There can, then, be no real opposition or conflict between the invisible mission of the Holy spirit and the juridical commission of Ruler and Teacher received from Christ, since they mutually complement and perfect each other – as do the body and soul in man – and proceed from our one Redeemer who not only said as He breathed on the Apostles “Receive ye the Holy Spirit,” but also clearly commanded: “As the Father hath sent me, I also send you;” and again: “He that heareth you, heareth me.”
“66. And if at times there appears in the Church something that indicates the weakness of our human nature, it should not be attributed to her juridical constitution, but rather to that regrettable inclination to evil found in each individual, which its Divine Founder permits even at times in the most exalted members of His Mystical Body, for the purpose of testing the virtue of the Shepherds no less than of the flocks, and that all may increase the merit of their Christian faith. For, as We said above, Christ did not wish to exclude sinners from His Church; hence if some of her members are suffering from spiritual maladies, that is no reason why we should lessen our love for the Church, but rather a reason why we should increase our devotion to her members. Certainly the loving Mother is spotless in the Sacraments by which she gives birth to and nourishes her children; in the faith which she has always preserved inviolate; in her sacred laws imposed on all; in the evangelical counsels which she recommends; in those heavenly gifts and extraordinary grace through which with inexhaustible fecundity, she generates hosts of martyrs, virgins and confessors. But it cannot be laid to her charge if some members fall, weak or wounded. In their name she prays to God daily: “Forgive us our trespasses;” and with the brave heart of a mother she applies herself at once to the work of nursing them back to spiritual health.”
Happy All Saints Day! Pray for us Sts. Ignatius Loyola, Robert Bellarmine, Peter Canisius, and Francis de Sales!