Thoughts that pose serious questions
How can any Catholic be a liberal modernist? Does not the very actions of that way of thought and life, condemn the words of Christ?
"Let your yes be yes and your no be no, anything else is from the devil. I often think so many say, "I believe in God, but He really did not mean what He said, in my opinion He meant this....."
Is this not the maybe, the perhaps of wickedness of private revelation and of personal opinion?
I have often thought of the Charismatic Renewal Movement, what I ask are they renewing? The Rosary groups they replaced certainly did not need renewing. I find these groups are in many cases sign seekers, looking for signs of their own holiness. Their so called spiritual way as a group are so different from the lives of many saints. It is no way mystical. Anyone who has read for example the Life of Ven. Mary Ward (by Maisie Ward), the story of the founding of the Loreto Sisters can easily discover a huge difference between these women who started out as a lay sisterhood and their behavior as they struggled so hard against what Ven. Mary called "Jerusalem".
What I find so disconcerting about the Renewal Movement is simple. It basically denies God's great personal statement, "I am who am". Restated by Christ in the Garden, "I am He" and the ruffians and satanic guards all fell down. (Passion by John in his gospel). They, the catholic Pentecostals, by deed, action and word say possibly God's revelations through His Church in the later centuries got it wrong. I feel that many of the Charismatics I know are singularly uninformed and led in the main by those happy in their ignorance of the Church and her history and do not want to change because of the perceived indwelling of the Holy Spirit. These people teach themselves tongues and believe it is a sign of the Holy Spirit Living in them. They do totally ignore St Paul's explicit instructions, "If no one understands you, then stop or else you be called mad". Does no one notice there is not one priest who points this out?
Present at prayer meetings, I have seen hands laid on others, anointing them with the oil of happiness, those anointed promptly fell over, slain in the spirit. I ask this when did heaven deal in death and slew any spirit that was not evil?(The Final Judgment) The million dollar question for me is simple. These pseudo spirituals, take the Sacred Humanity of Christ, the Body and Blood, the Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ in their communion at Mass, do they never fall over at this time. A time I should think, one should consider as a time very much more appropriate for a form of ecstasy. Why do they not is the question that should be asked, why ever not? Perhaps, just with their beliefs and way of prayer, perhaps it is not Christ for them?
I ask this of all of you, "When did the Church start to teach with the authority of the Pope that the Mass forgives sins, that the Eucharist forgives sins? In the old days, so disdained today, the Indulgentionam, in the catechumenal part of the rite, forgave venial sins. This was and is still taught by the Church. Who changed this forgiveness comes at the I confess or other of the many new and amazing personal and private revelations. Is it easy for the priest to maintain this charade than to say, "I wish to see you all in the confessional, practicing the sacrament? I could think that so many lacking fortitude it would make it seem so. Any of you readers have the fortitude to preach or write this in His diocesan paper? I think not. The I confess is just that an admittance we are sinful. It is for certain that is not a perfect act of contrition, how then can it forgive sins from the Church's ancient and traditional teachings? The Church's instructions on the sacrament of confession and how we confess during the Rite is very different than what the priest instructs or allows to happen.
How many times I have considered the total lack of logic in the natural intellect of the hierarchy. Logic seems far from them. They re-instituted a habit no longer necessary, i.e. the catechumens leaving before the gospel. Is there someone amongst them who does should not recognize the priest. Someone who may turn the priest over to the authorities for martyrdom? The hierarchs say certain actions fall into disuse, due to circumstances of time. The kiss of peace for example came to be seen as the deacon representing the congregation at the time during our ritual ceremony. They brought it back. The Hierarchs claim the Holy Spirit moves in the Congregation. Yet why then if so many go to Medjugorie and the number of confessions and metanoia are so huge why is it wrong? I know of a priest locally who received his vocation from Mary at Medjugorie. I will still ask why is the confessional more or less ignored, is that Holy Spirit too? Is it any wonder Paul VIth. wrote, "No more Changes the laity are confused"
Perhaps these thoughts might be worthy of consideration.