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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Sometimes, I prefer secular humanism...

We are in the Post-Star Trek Age. Now, we have fallen into the age of superstition. Many of my fellow traddie Catholics are obsessed with private revelations. Now, Holy Mother Church states that we do not have to believe in any private revelation. The problem is not that there are some approved private revelations, but that there are too many not condemned revelations. The number of condemned private revelations is small-Bayside comes to mind. But, the number of revelations which have neither been condemned nor been approved is astoundingly large. There are at least 800 private revelations in the past fifty years or less which have not received any approbation or condemnation by the Church.

Why so many of my dear friends are obsessed, or at least, distracted by private revelations may be based on four points. Number one reason: not all traddies are well catechized in the Teachings of the Catholic Church. Simply put, there is a lack of interest and passion for the beautiful teachings of the Catholic Church. Ignorance does not feed interest, knowledge does. The second reason is that some traddies think that experiential religion is more important that rational religion. This may seem odd, or even out-of-character for a traddie, but some want the TLM for the experience rather than the theology. Third, Gnosticism is alive and well in some traddie circles-that is, people who feel that have special or inside knowledge of spiritual things gravitate either to New Age groups or traditional groups. Last, superstition is the lazy evil of the age. It is easier to accept emotional causality, which is basically anti-intellectual. The anti-intellectuals are not all liberals.

9 comments:

Joy Schoenberger said...

I agree that the Church should work harded to clear their docket, so to speak, of questionable private revelations, but I suspect that there just aren't enough resources (priests, time, money) to make more than a small dent. It's a huge undertaking, and there is so much going on in the world today that requires time and attention. What the diocese should do in the meantime is preach clearly what the Church teaches about these matters. So much of the Church's ills boil down to pooer catechesis.

Ben said...

One can likewise see the Montanist heresy of the late 2nd and early third centuries present in this obsession with private revelations. The teachings of the Church almost become secondary to what our Lord "directly" says to some "seer"-or so it is in the minds of these individuals.

Supertradmum said...

Great comments, all. I think it shows the increase of Protestant and charismatic influeces on the Catholic populace, who run after experience, rather than the rational. It is all too easy to rely on someone else's religious experience instead of working on one's own faith.

Veredictum said...

I'm a bit late in adding my comment here, but it is an interesting topic so I'll do so anyway! Experiential religion always carries a lot of weight because we are beings who rely on our senses, and if an aspect of religion moves into the material sphere, it cannot help but affect us. Isn't this the reason why we have pictures and statues in our churches? I think places of pilgrimage like Fatima and Lourdes can greatly increase a person's faith, and I do believe such places endow more spiritual graces if our disposition is right. Having said that, it is not good to be fixated on apparitions. Some people seem draw all the spiritual energy from such things, rather than in the day-to-day faith that should permeate our ordinary activities.

Btw, I love Star Trek, there is much to be said for the vision of just ordering of society, although of course it does become problematic without God in the picture.

Supertradmum said...

Veredictum, you are not too late, as this is a theme on this blog. Of course, as humans, we need music, art, architecture, beauty. The trouble is that so many people approach religion through the emotions only. This is dangerous and leads to the New Age obsession with feelings. Good comment. Too bad Gene Roddenberry was an atheist. That is why he believed that people would progress into more holy and spiritual beings merely through evolution. He did not understand either Original Sin, nor the need for Redemption, that our Our Lord's on the Cross.

Supertradmum said...

should be "of" our Lord's...cannot eat chocolate and type at the same time...

Disciple96 said...

Pope Benedict, back before he was the Pope, wrote about this notion of relying on experience in his book Truth and Tolerance. It is sad that people do this instead of remembering that ours is a revealed religion, remembering that this means that we do not rely only on our reason or our experience, but allow God to reveal Himself to us. And He uses our reason and our experience but mostly He uses His Church, the Sacraments, the Liturgy, and His Word. I'm a convert and I thank the Lord for calling me away from my own quest for "hidden wisdom" and esoteric experience and calling me to the True and Eternal Wisdom, His Son, Christ our Lord.

Peace be with you, Supertradmum. :)

Anonymous said...

"Number one reason: not all traddies are well catechized in the Teachings of the Catholic Church"

You mean, like our Bishop: Nottingham?

Celebrating Usus Antiquior whilst being firmly convinced the 'Spirit of Vatican II' and women priests are the way forward?

ChrisSHall said...

"Number one reason: not all traddies are well catechized in the Teachings of the Catholic Church"

Yeah ain't that the truth. Unfortunately.... Especially when said apparition goes against the teachings of the Church. And since "mary" said so through whats her/his name, that makes it ok.

Ugh.