Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Leading the Church out of Post-Conciliar Conformism

~from La Stampa via Papa Ratzinger Forum
With Benedict XVI, the Church has emerged from the progressivist anxiety to conform to the times, from the need perceived by those who claim to interpret the Second Vatican Council for the Church to adjust itself continuously to prevailing public opinion, responding to any and all questions, even those that lie otuside its competence.

Papa Ratzinger has stepped out of the box of both pre-Conciliar fundamentalism as well as post-Conciliar progressivism because he believes that the world lives in uncertainty, and the Christian faith is not called on to offer it changing and changeable surrogate assurances.

The end of Communism also meant the end of history as merely a history of the Western world. The new reality is mankind's new universal awareness that there are no certainties for the future.

Benedict's great innovations have been silent, manifested in actions and gestures rather than words. For instance, he has put an end to the jumble of documents that used to come out of the various congregations, commissions, councils and other Vatican offices seeking to update the faithful on the latest adaptations to the most recent changes in public opinion.

Benedict's Church is committed to defending human nature and the human being himself from being reduced to what science and technology dictate.

The Church sets up barriers against the invasion of changeable opinions into eternal truths and does not think of the future in apocalyptic terms. It does look to saving mankind from the inhuman use and explotation of its possibilities and traditions.

Pope Benedict seeks to bring the Church back to eternal time rather than simply staying within earthly time. It is why he has staked his Pontificate on the liturgy as the full and proper expression of the Church's existence....

...The Pope's Motu Proprio which establishes the uninterrupted validity of traditional Mass liturgy as living liturgy was intended to point out that the flux of prayer transcends time - it does not require 'updating'.


frival said...

This is a great review of the program of the Pope. I like the phrase "back to eternal time" - there's a tremendous amount of meat there for only four words.

Anonymous said...

Yes, there is a lot of meat there. Because that's really what our destiny is. And Pope Benedict wants to return the Church to speaking about the metaphysical as worthy of human thought. Our modern world has little time for the metaphysical, and only if it touches on 'self-actualization'.