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Rats IToday’s post brings to mind an old Polish adage that translates into the following: God might not be swift, but He’s just.

Excuse the digression…

Over the last few posts, we have chronicled the situation in the Catholic Church that is presently playing itself out, by focusing on the religious orders. The religious orders are a good Catholic “population” to sample since they can be easily separated as either Novus Ordo or Catholic. We have observed that some religious orders are doing quite well while others are dying. Furthermore, we have limited ourselves by using only OBJECTIVE CRITERIA derived from that source of our Faith that come by way of “natural light of human reason from the things that are made”.

However today, we will approach our subject matter via a different route. As we know by now, there are two sources of our quest to know GOD, namely that known through “natural light of human reason from the things that are madeAND through divine Revelation. Today we will focus on the latter.

Today I would like to start with the Holy Gospel according the Luke (8:4-15), the passage that is read on Sexagesima Sunday. This passage will be used to establish what I will call our BIBLICAL CRITERIA for JUDGING the performance of FancisChurch. This Gospel passage reads as follows: (emphasis added) (see here)

At that time, when a very great crowd was gathering together and men from every town were resorting to Jesus. He said in a parable: The sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air ate it up. And other seed fell upon the rock, and as soon as it had sprung up it withered away, because it had no moisture. And other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. And other seed fell upon good ground, and sprang up and yielded fruit a hundredfold. As He said these things He cried out, He who has ears to hear, let him hear! But His disciples then began to ask Him what this parable meant, He said to them, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to the rest in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. And those by the wayside are they who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved. Now those upon the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, but believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among the thorns, these are they who have heard, and as they go their way are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen. But that upon good ground, these are they who, with a right and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bear fruit in patience.

The reason that I bring these 11 verses of the 8th Gospel of Luke to your attention is that in these verses, Our Lord sets out not only a CRITERIA for proper discernment for the Faithful, one that is UNIVERSAL, but also sets out the BIBLICAL CRITERIA for JUDGING the performance of the people that manage the affairs of the Bride of Christ. Given that the BIBLICAL CRITERIA is UNIVERSAL, it MUST be able to explain the present day situation in which the Catholic Church finds herself, otherwise it would not be UNIVERSAL.

Next, as you dear reader see from the emphasis that I added to the above, there are two easily recognizable groups (of the four) that are contained within the Church, i.e. within the laity and the religious community.

Next, Our Lord “marked” (IDENTIFIED) one of the GROUPS, (1) as those whose “seeds falling on the rock” are the same who “receive the word with joy”. The second GROUP Our Lord “marked” as those who “ having heard the word, hold it fast, and bear fruit in patience”.

Oh the irony!

We can also read in the Holy Gospel according to Luke that for future generations, Our Lord provided His creation with the “FILTER” through which they are to JUDGE the meaning of His teaching. Our Lord said:  He who has ears to hear, let him hear!  But Our Lord also foretold that there will be those who ‘Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’

As to the meaning of the parable itself, this is written: Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.

Summing up the above, what Our Lord has provided to the Faithful in this Gospel is not only the teaching (SUBJECT MATTER) but also the “filter” (CRITERIA) by which the Faithful, especially the prelates, should evaluate whether they are correctly applying His teaching.

Furthermore, we can safely assume that everyone, whether they be layman or cleric can understand the teaching contained in the above passage since it was given in such a manner (parable form) so that all men who were not present at that time can understand, even the uneducated and illiterate can understand.

But just in case there was any issue or room for error with respect to the hearing, understanding, discerning and/or JUDGING of what Our Lord was trying to convey to those ‘Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’, he also “doubled down” and reinforced this BIBLICAL CRITERIA in the Holy Gospel of Matthew (7:15-21) which is read on the 7th Sunday after Pentecost, where it is written:

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father in heaven shall enter the kingdom of heaven.

Given that which Our Lord taught above, the BIBLICAL CRITERIA for hearing, understanding, discerning and/or JUDGING can be formally define as:

BIBLICAL CRITERIA

GROUP 1  (hint: the The Neo-modernists)

Now those upon the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, but believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.

GROUP 2  (hint: the Catholics)

But that upon good ground, these are they who, with a right and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bear fruit in patience.

SUBJECT TO:

A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.

THEN: 

Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.

Without going into too much further detail, it is pretty obvious who is who in this above defined scheme of things.

Nota Bene: Given the text above, what I would like to draw your attention to dear reader is that no matter how hard the Neo-modernists try, they cannot explain away their FAILURE. Whether it is by OBJECTIVE CRITERIA (REASON) or a BIBLICAL CRITERIA (FAITH), they are trapped, like the proverbial rats.

Summa Summarum

What we are left with is this:

By suppressing Thomism at the seminaries and as the philosophical foundation of the Catholic Faith, (see here) Neo-modernist can feign their ignorance with respect to OBJECTIVE CRITERIA for discerning and/or JUDGING the OBJECTIVE state of the Catholic Church Anno Domini 2016.

If anyone asks,… Hey, the Church is growing in Africa and Asia, right? (see here)

But one of the ramifications of the suppression of Thomism has been that the Neo-modernists were forced to become more reliant on the part of the Faith that comes from divine Revelation. In other words, they were forced to go down the sola Scriptura route, with all the Law of Unintended Consequence’s side effects that the Vital Immanence heresy entails. (see here)

So by becoming more reliant on biblical passages themselves, they became even more at the mercy of the sola Scriptura fallacy to “justify” their performance. In other words, the Neo-modernists got “caught up in the ropes of the harpoon he himself has thrown” as had Ahab per yesterday’s post.

And by understanding that which your humble blogger has termed the BIBLICAL CRITERIA, one can easily see their dilemma.

Yet the Neo-modernists might still have been able to explain away their EPIC FAILURE by saying that all religions (sects) are FAILING, especially in the lands that comprise Western Civilization. The “spirit of the times” is leading people away from organized religions and so forth and so on. Yet with the growing numbers in the Traditional Catholic religious orders, and new ones sprouting up along with booming vocations, it becomes IMPOSSIBLE to cover up the Neo-modernist’s EPIC FAILURE.

So their dilemma can be best described as follows: Between the Neo-modernists EPIC FAIL and the Catholics RESTORATION’S dynamic growth, albeit from a small base, FrancisChurch is trapped, trapped like a rat!

And it is this aspect of FrancisChurch’s dilemma that explains the WHY of the Neo-modernist’s Raging, Raging Against The Coming Of The Light.

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