Saturday, October 10, 2009

In Other Words, Embrace The Status Quo
*Sigh* But with all due respect... has an interesting article concerning Francis Cardinal George of Chicago. Here's just a taste of it;
Cardinal George rejects 'conservative v. liberal' Catholicism

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter offers a lengthy, interesting interview with Cardinal Francis George, concentrating on the cardinal's plea to move beyond "liberal" and "conservative" Catholicism and instead embrace "simply Catholicism."
Ok, that's a nice sentimentality, but hardly based in reality. So if the good Cardinal want to play word games... let the games begin.

By definition, liberal is heterodoxy. Examples of the definition of such include;
"Characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards" or "Not in agreement with accepted beliefs, especially in church doctrine or dogma."And on the other side of the coin, we have conservative. And by definition, conservative is orthodoxy;
"Adhering to the accepted or traditional and established faith, especially in religion." or "According or congruous with the doctrines of Scripture, the creed of a church, the decree of a council, or the like."It doesn't take a Father Dowling to find examples of heterodoxy... rampant heterodoxy, at that... running riot in the Catholic Church. Especially in North America and Western Europe.

So, yes Your Eminence... there are differences, real differences, in the words conservative and liberal. By definition, Catholicism IS conservative. As the Canon of the Traditional Latin Mass states; (Emphasis mine)
"...which in the first place we offer Thee for Thy holy Catholic Church; to which vouchsafe to grant peace, as also to preserve, unite, and govern her throughout the world; together with Thy servant N., our Pope N., our bishop, as also all orthodox believers and professors of the Catholic and Apostolic faith.Gee, I wonder why the Novus Ordo Missae deleted the word orthodox?


Blogger Constantine said...

As you might imagine, the Orthodox (and Eastern Catholic] liturgies have not eliminated references to orthodoxy. Fortunately, the "spirit of Vatican II" has not penetrated the East.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Among the many things that didn't make the English translation of the New Disaster Missal

"et omnibus orthodoxis atque catholicae et apostolicae fidei cultoribus."

orthodox is used, just wasn't translated, but eh, I'll stick to the TLM

12:12 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Cardinal George consenting to be interviewed by someone from that heterodox rag? Well, that says it all!

5:46 PM  

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