October 10, 2010

Get Creative!

Is dissent creative? No, because there has never been a dissenter alive who came up with their own reasons for dissent. They read, and are fed, a study diet of the same material and they base what is, supposedly, their dissenting opinion on the people who tell you the greatest majority of what you want to hear. Some of the writers even sound smart (or in the cases of Mary Daly, Starhawk and Matthew Fox-most batshit crazy). However, there is no magisterium of dissent because that would be too authoritative; so there is a pool a few unique people who have something to say that they think you want to hear who may have, once upon a time, read part of an actual Catholic Church document translated from the original Latin into German by a dissenter and then translated into English by another dissenter.

God forbid you actually read an actual Church document and a Magisterial opionion of such! Recently, I read Pope Piux XI "Divini Redemptoris" an encyclical as true today as it was when it was written in 1937. Divinely inspired literature is truly timeless where as dissenting schlock is truly tommorrows news today-only.

Truly creative and truly radical thought these days is to embrace the Magisterium. It's as radical today as it was to embrace Christ when so many ran away from Him. Some people are still running. Some people seem like they are close to Him but they really are not.

I've been thinking a lot about Judas lately (yep, here she goes again!). Judas to all appearances appeared to be walking right along with Christ. Yet, Christ knew all along he was with Him but not really with Him. When Judas tried to give the money back, the chief priests and the elders said "What is that to us?" and wouldn't take the money back. Why? Because, it was never really about the money. They were able to get Judas to betray his Lord and his God. He did and they won. (Well, they think they did. We know better.)

Some Jews were upset with Jesus because they wanted revolution. They wanted Jesus to be a king in the political sense. They wanted Him to stick it to all the enemies of the Jews with the sword and the law. Sound familiar? There are people who still think that Jesus was this doomed and suffering radical leftie politician who subverted the dominant paradigm and was killed for it. They, also, miss the point as much as some of the Jews of Jesus' time did. Jesus was to establish a Messianic Kingdom, not an earthly one. He came to lay the groundwork so all who truly followed Him could live forever with Him in Heaven.

There are misguided and misinformed people still among us who sit in the pews every Sunday (or whenever they feel like going) and receive Communion but think that if they are paid by the Archidiocese they have the right to get upset when they openly proclaim their dissent and then they are fired. There are also Catholics, who on most days of the week, insist Jesus was this radical political figure which is why they should advocate for abortion and gay marriage because Jesus was all about rights but the minute the Archbishop seems to be politicizing an "issue" they get mad because that's not how "their" Jesus would act.

Archbishop Nienstedt is not in his office to be a political figure any more than Jesus was. The Archbishop, as Chief Shepherd of the Archdiocese, is charged with helping us, the Faithful, get to the Messianic Kingdom. The Archbishop is doing nothing more and nothing less than reminding us of the teachings that we signify our agreement with everytime we receive Communion. If you are not in communion, don't go to Communion. Period.

I have a feeling the Archbishop could not give a ding-dong-dang about what people think of the DVD on marriage beyond his sorrow that so many of his flock, the chosen people, are rejecting the teaching he is relaying. Like Jesus, he's here to teach everyone in the name of God but if they refuse to hear His message that is their choice and there is only so much to be done with them-other than pray for their conversion of heart. It's not easy, is it? We must pray for the misguided and teach them by word and example.

This post is a reaction to today's Pioneer Press story on "catholics" getting creative with their dissent to Archbishop Nienstedt's DVD on marriage. I'm going to watch it again.


Blogger Ray from MN said...

500 parishes have seceded from the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, I think)in the past couple of years over the issue of "homosexual bishops." They have formed something called "Lutheran Church Mission in Christ (LCMC)."

How many articles have you noticed on those secessions?

That is why these 25 heretics at the chancery in St. Paul today and certain monks and priests in a nearby abbey want to stay in the Church and spew blasphemies and heresies all over the place. They know that if they left, nobody would care, least of all the press.

How many articles have you read about the "Spirit of St. Stephen's", the 200 or so apostates who left St. Stephen's parish in Minneapolis 30 months ago. None, after the first and only article.

October 10, 2010 9:01 PM  
Blogger Adoro said...

Great post, Cathy. And well stated.

The dissidents haven't a single original thought to themselves. They don't know how to apply reason to their faith, because they haven't any supernatural faith at all. The only "spirit" they know is NOT the Holy Spirit.

Actually, they're quite pathetic in their refusal to seek Truth.

I ran into one myself recently, and she openly stated that she "didn't know" the problem the Church has with "gay marriage" and then in the next breath said she threw the DVD away.

If you don't know something, isn't that a cue to find out WHY the Church disagrees with you?

Just sayin'. And yes, I wrote that sentence that way for a reason. (You get it Cathy..I know you do...)

Let those who reject the Gospel walk away. Jesus did.

Let them be cut off. Only in being denied, in being cast out, will they ever know what it is they have chosen to leave.

October 10, 2010 11:56 PM  
Blogger nazareth priest said...

Sin is boring and uncreative as h***.
Holiness is ever-creative, life-giving, transforming, fruitful...
that's why the contraceptive mentality (which includes homosex, porno, and everything else under the sun that is not acc'd to God's Plan) is so dreary, angry, sterile and just plain evil.
Evil is banal. (Can't remember who said it; it's not an original idea from moi!).
Great post, Miss Cathy!

October 11, 2010 10:33 AM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

Great post!

I never thought about the political aspect of Jesus in the way you stated until now - you're right - they want Jesus to be political, just like in Christ's time.

October 11, 2010 10:39 AM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

Great Post--these are why I keep coming back.

The comments are great as well. And Ray has hit upon the heart of the problem of dissenting Catholics--if they leave,they're n longer heroes, they're just another bunch of lapsed Catholics.

October 11, 2010 10:55 AM  
Blogger Leila @ Little Catholic Bubble said...

Forgive me if you already saw this. I found it on another blog, and the first line is amazing! Thanks, Pope Benedict!

"It is important to recognize dissent for what it is, and not to mistake it for a mature contribution to a balanced and wide-ranging debate. It is the truth revealed through Scripture and Tradition and articulated by the Church’s Magisterium that sets us free. Cardinal Newman realized this, and he left us an outstanding example of faithfulness to revealed truth by following that 'kindly light' wherever it led him, even at considerable personal cost. Great writers and communicators of his stature and integrity are needed in the Church today, and it is my hope that devotion to him will inspire many to follow in his footsteps.”

— Pope Benedict XVI’s address to the Bishops of England and Wales Visit “ad limina apostolorum,” January, 2010

October 11, 2010 11:15 PM  
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