The synod on the family next month is shaping up to be a titanic struggle between representatives of the new modernism–those who believe, implicitly or implicitly, that the Church has abandoned, or should have abandoned, all those nasty rigid dogmas–and those who hold fast to what the Church has always taught about the Incarnation, the Resurrection, the Four Last Things, the necessity of repentance.
Fr Ray Blake sums up the modernist spirit in a devastating critique on his blog:
What seems to be being said is that the age of dogma and doctrine is dead, everything is pastoral, focus groups replace creeds, there is more concern with how we are conceived by public opinion than any teaching…What we are now concerned with is the “lived experience”. In the New Pentecost, the Age of the Spirit that has superseded the age of the articulated Incarnate Word; it is the experience of women and men. The pneumatic, blow-where-it-will Spirit is all that matters…It is about syncretism, dialogue, moderation, compromise, ambiguity, recognition of ignorance, the preference for the via negativa, the rejection of the via positiva. Christ and the apostles might be unambiguous about judgment, heaven and hell, about objective realities; but in fact “we have moved beyond” all of that. That is no longer the default position of the Catholic Church.
It’s not really surprising–is it?–that those who can swallow all of that have no difficulty with perverting the concept of “mercy” to include allowing unrepentant adulterers to be admitted to Holy Communion.