I came across a video of a talk given by Father Paul Scalia of the Diocese of Arlington. This is an expose of the heresy known as modernism. In it Father details why it is a heresy and what various popes, particularly Pope St Pius X, had to say about it. One of the links I'll give below gives the entire text of the Oath Against Modernism that the sainted pontiff ordered all clergy and seminary teachers to take. The context of the video itself makes plain that this talk occurred several years ago when Pope Benedict XVI was still the reigning pontiff so he could not have had any premonition of the events of the past year, particularly of the disastrous sin-nod of last October. One salient point came at the 25:57 mark, when Father said "once you have 'evolution of dogma' there's really no dogma whatsoever". Hold that truth in mind as we proceed through this post.
Two weeks ago, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldiserri opened a three-day conference of lay and family movements. Aleteia has more coverage of that. The conference was called to reflect upon the preparatory document for next October's synod; encompassed in that was the final report from last October's sin-nod: the one that contained, by order of Pope Francis, the three morally questionable statements that had been voted down by the synod fathers.
The Cardinal took some questions. One of them was from an organization that expressed shock that Cardinal Kasper could suggest that those divorced and remarried Catholics who never had their first marriages declared null by the Church, should be able to receive Holy Communion while living in de facto adultery. (By the way - here's some more examples of the problems with Cardinal Kasper.) The Cardinal replied by saying "we shouldn't be shocked that there is a different position from the 'common doctrine'". Then he went on to say, "there’s no reason to be scandalized that there is a cardinal or a theologian saying something that’s different than the so-called ‘common doctrine.’ This doesn’t imply a going against. It means reflecting. Because dogma has its own evolution; that is a development, not a change." Emphasis mine, and for reasons stated in the first paragraph.
Edward Pentin has a brief commentary, but his includes the text of Pope Pius X's Oath Against Modernism. He too highlighted the relevant statements. If Cardinal Baldserri took that oath, he violated it. By the way - if the name "Edward Pentin" seems familiar, he's the British journalist whose career Cardinal Kasper tried to destroy after Pentin caught Kasper in a lie regarding his "african" quip - but I digress. A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics has some additional commentary.
Some may wonder why I harp on Cardinal Baldiserri since the sin-nod happened in last October. What happened last October was a preparation for the Ordinary Synod on the Family that will occur next October. Baldiserri, by the pope's designation, will have the same leadership role next October as he did last time. You must understand the minds and the errors that will pervade next year's meeting. Understand, too, that the pope said we have a "year to mature". It seems like one phase of this attempted "maturation" is to induce Catholics to swallow the heresy of modernism. Watch Father Scalia below to learn more of this threat.
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