Saturday, July 18, 2009

Why don't we call these notorious dissidents what they really are, heretics?

An umbrella group has recently been formed to shelter many of the dissident groups that refuse to obey and seek to change many of the major teachings of the Catholic Church. The American Catholic Council (ACC) is calling for “discussion at every level of the Catholic Church in the United States to consider the state and future of our Church.” The council plans to hold the council on June 10-11, 2011 (Pentecost), in Detroit. [Maybe the Rainbow Sash folks will be in Detroit next year, hope, hope, hope.]

The group’s website describes their aims: “We recall the promise of the Second Vatican Council for a renaissance through a radically inclusive understanding of the role and responsibilities of all the Baptized and an engaged relationship between the Church and the World reflecting the true meaning of the Incarnation for our times. This promise is eroding…We seek nothing short of a personal conversion of all to create a new Church, fully in tune with the authentic Gospel message, the teachings of our Church, and the American context in which we live.”

Some of the organizations that are joining under the ACC are from among the usual suspects: Call to Action, New Ways Ministry, Catholics for Choice, the Women’s Ordination Conference, Women-Church Convergance, the National Association of American Nuns (Sr. Jeanine Gramnick), the Catholic Diocese of One Spirit, and Dignity.

A local group here in the Twin Cities, the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (CCCR), was formed last Winter and had formed planning subgroups that are preparing for a "synod" in Detroit next Fall. Until the formation of the ACC, I had not heard of any other group planning a Detroit meeting. So I have to believe that the Fall synod now will be a council and will be held in the Spring in Detroit under the ACC umbrella.

It appears that what we have here is much more than a "failure to communicate." It appears that 2010 will be the time for another Augsburg Confession, a drawing up of the faith, preparatory to the onset of another Thirty Years War.

These malcontents are generally referred to by people who accept Church teachings as dissidents, or sometimes, apostates.

"Dissidents" are those who "disagree with beliefs. "Apostates" are people who have abandoned their religious faith.

What I don't understand is why these impostors aren't called heretics? "Heretics" are people who hold controversial opinions, especially, those who publicly oppose the officially accepted dogma of the Roman Catholic Church.

Most of the dissident religious and clerics publicly opposing the Church and its teachings these days don't leave. They stay and attempt to change or destroy the Church from within. Therefore, they are heretics and should be called such.

Now, just where did I put those faggots??? [Faggots: a bundle of twigs, sticks or branches bound together, suitable for starting a fire.]

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