Monday, July 20, 2015

Modernism Resources

UPDATE: Here's a piece the Bear devoted to Modernism about a year and a half ago. Since we're on the subject, you are respectfully invited to have a look at it, especially if you are a newer reader who may have missed it.

Here's a lecture by Rev. Paul Scalia on the Errors of Modernism, suggested by reader Michael Dowd. It is well worth the 48 minute run time, especially if you are not that familiar with this crucial battle for the heart of the Church. The Bear would probably find more Modernism at work in the past few decades than Fr. Scalia would credit, but Bears have an incredible sense of smell. They can literally sniff out heresy. (It smells like the remains of a cold, wet campfire on a hot, humid day.) And Modernism is nothing but, no matter which of your favorite recent popes have turned a blind eye to it.

Another good place to start (and revisit from time to time) is Pope Pius X's 1907 encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis, which is all about Modernism. It isn't short, but they didn't have to bind it and sell it as a book, either.



10 comments:

  1. I've heard him give some outstanding talks at homeschool conferences years ago. But, it wasn't until this year when I was reading U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anton Scalia that I found out this is his son. Thanks for posting this. God Bless you!

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  2. And btw, the Institute of Catholic Culture is one of the single, FINEST Catholic organizations in existence today...it is a gem of a reference site, with hundreds (hundreds!) of hours of talks (video and audio--free to download) by world-class speakers on all manner of topic regarding the Catholic Faith. Totally orthodox, always interesting. If you haven't done so yet, do yourself a favor in these dark times and let some sunlight fall on your path by visiting their site....

    http://www.instituteofcatholicculture.org/

    (and if you're ever in the N. Virginia area, be sure to attend one of the talks in person...it is not to be missed!)

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    1. Susan,
      Thank you for the reference to the Institute of Catholic Culture. I downloaded their app onto my iPad and from what I briefly saw, this looks like a wonderful, informative resource.

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    2. you're most welcome Laurel...you will be edified and delighted by it.

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  3. Interesting: Father states that John Paul II and Benedict XVI were not Modernists, yet "no matter which of your favorite recent popes have turned a blind eye to it."

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    1. It is hard to deny that Modernism has not flourished since at least V2, and we have not, in the Bear's opinion, had a pope, however worthy, who has seriously addressed "the synthesis of all heresies." It does not, however, follow that the Bear believes it would be fair to characterize them all as "Modernist Popes." Even in the writings of Pope Benedict you can find some odd notions, however much beloved he is for his attempted liturgical concessions. (And however much he looks like a Pius compared to the current guest of Santa Marta.)

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    2. Is Francis a Modernist in the Bear's estimation?

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    3. Interesting question. Its the non-superiority of the Catholic religion a Modernist belief? Is a belief in the mutuablity of doctrine a Modernist belief? Is the preference for the worldly over the spiritual a Modernist belief?

      Did you read the link to the encyclical? If so, you should realize just how difficult it is to prove that someone is a Modernist is. And you should also know why. They twist their words and maintain plausible deniability. If it were Arianism, it would be easy. But Modernism is the McCavity of heresies. So the Bear will cheerfully do two things. Say Pope Francis is a disaster. Discuss Modernism -- the Synthesis of All Heresies -- and let his exceedingly intelligent readers form there own opinions. Indeed he will do three. He will say it is difficult to find a Pope in recent years who has done much to reverse the gains of Modernism.

      So what is your opinion on Pope Francis?

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    4. The Bear's iPad mortifies him with its "Swype" keyboard that doesn't always figure out what he's trying to say. Then there's "there" instead of "their."

      One more thing about Modernism. The Bear believes that it has been so institutionalized into the Church, there might be more Modernism than Church in our particular point in time. We need a Hercules to cleanse the Augean Stables. Just for fun, let's reinstate the Oath Against Modernism and revive The Index.

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    5. Thank you for the link to that older piece on Modernism.

      My opinion on Pope Francis is extremely low. Were he not the Pope, I would simply write him off as a dissident. The things he has said and done, if done by anyone else, would not be nearly as troubling.

      Either I have misunderstood Catholicism all along and Francis is right, or I have understood and Francis is simply distorting and confusing what is true. But he and I have a different 'faith' either way. I cannot see a point of reconciliation.

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