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Something quite interesting is taking place within the Catholic Church and the wider society at large. This ‘something’ has a very Catholic flavor to it and can be seen in various sub-sets of what we call the Visibilium Omnium.
As to what that ‘something’ is, is hard to name at present. Yet this ‘something’ definitely has a Thomistic feel to it. So let’s look at some OCCURRENCES and try to identify their Thomistic ROOTS.
I will start with the GREAT Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre… or rather his “spirit”, who appears to be making a comeback in the strangest of places.
One place where it would not be unusual for the “spirit” of Arch. Lefebvre to be making a comeback, would be on a blog that is named: the RadTrad Thomist. Over on this blog, a post appeared titled: As if Modernism Mattered: Archbishop Lefebvre on the Infiltration of Modernism in the Institutional Organization of the Catholic Church.
This rather long post contains sections of transcripts of a speech given by the Great Archbishop back in 1982. It is highly recommended that all my loyal readers go to the website of the RadTrad Thomist and read this material. But I digress…
Now this post appears to have made a jump from a Thomist blog, dare I say one with a “Lefebvrist drift”, over to the mainline OnePeterFive blog. In a post titled Archbishop Lefebvre’s Eyewitness Testimony to the Church Revolution, the author, Maike Hickson adds here observations to those made by Dr. Chojnowski in the source post at the RadTrad Thomist.
Next, this same source post lept over to the the even more mainline Catholic Fr. Z. blog. In a post titled Eyewitness account of struggle over post-Conciliar liturgical reform, which “reversed” centuries, Fr. Z adds his observations to those already made by Dr. Chojnowski and Mrs. Hickson.
And lastly, all this activity generated by one post was also noticed by the Jonathan Byrd at the Traditional Catholic Priest blog. In a short post titled Modernism, The Church And Archbishop Lefebvre, the following can be read:
I was reading a blog post from Dr. Chojnowski which was cited from 1Peter5 and cited from Fr. Z’s blog that I thought was wonderful.
Its a long read but very much worth the effort. If you have never studied much concerning the Archbishop nor the times in which the counsel came about, it will greatly open your eyes.
Check it out: The Infiltration of Modernism In The Church
So not including this post that your humble blogger is writing, there now appear, in a very short space of time, four posts on Catholic blogs citing ONE 1982 Archbishop Lefebvre speech.
So why do I mention this?
Over at The Remnant website, and also picked up by Vox Cantoris (Mean Old Bloggers), is a post written by Elizabeth Yore. In that post, Mrs. Yore writes the following:
In a separate interview about his La Civilita Cattolica article, Spadaro, S.J. reveals the underlying political motivation behind the Vatican “ecumenism of hate” rant:
“But certainly, we see the multiplication of websites, blogs, and Twitter accounts that tend to move public opinionand react in lively and often in a violent and fundamentalist way. These realities create a bubble within themselves…It is found everywhere. I do not say it is a majority phenomenon, but it is something that is present in the life of the People of God today.”
Apparently, traditional Catholic bloggers have gotten under Francis’ thin skin. The underlying cause of the Pope’s angst is that the conservative Catholic bloggers and websites are making their voice heard by daring to promote the Catholic faith and exposing the papal plots and diabolical alliances. Fr. Spadaro, Francis’ close confidante, is alarmed at traditionalists on the Internet because they tend to move public opinion. Horrors!
Francis, the Merciful, Inc. is distraught over its declining papal popularity poll numbers and blames the conservative blogosphere.
Yes, this Soap Bubble Papacy™ is all about the polls!
But I digress…
So what we see in the above is what your humble blogger has been drawing your attention to recently, i.e. what is commonly referred to as the Overton Window. (see here)
What is happening is that the Faithful blogs are attacking what can be termed as the post-conciliar Overton Window. It can also be referred to as the post-conciliar echo-chamber or the post-conciliar bubble.
Once again, the definition of the Overton Window (echo-chamber, bubble) is as follows:
The Overton Window is a concept in political sociology referring to the range of acceptable opinions that can be held by respectable people. “Respectable” of course means that the subject can be integrated with polite society. Respectability is a strong precondition on the ability to have open influence in the mainstream.
So what makes the above original posting of the Great Archbishop’s speech by Dr. Chojnowski significant is that it has expanded the Overton Window, or in this case the “post-conciliar bubble”, of what constitutes “acceptable opinion” from the Lefebvrist blogs (RadTrad Thomist) onto the conservative blogs (OnePeterFive), then onto the cross over blogs (Fr. Z.) and finally…
squarely onto the Spadaro/Martin/Rosica/Francis living room coffee table.
Closing, what is of critical importance to notice is that Thomism and Catholicism are making a strong comeback.
It is also fair to say that the “well” of solid Catholicism has become so bare that the mainline Catholics are reaching over into what would have been unheard of just 4 short years ago, i.e. the writings and speeches of Archbishop Lefebvre and the SSPX, in order to shore up their argumentation against the destruction of the post-conciliar Institutional Church.
And finally, it also needs to be mentioned that the reason that Archbishop Lefebvre is making such a strong comeback is due to his faithfulness to the doctrines of the Catholic Church and specifically to the doctrines as laid out by St. Thomas Aquinas.
And it’s not just the Catholics…
This wider “Lefebvrist drift” can be seen spreading in other areas of human activities!
I will leave off with one recent example that I came across. In the below video, one can observe a nominal Christian explaining how Dr. Jordan Peterson’s work (very Thomistic at its ROOT and in its nature) can be understood within a Christian CONTEXT.
PS If the author of the video had a better understanding of Thomism, specifically Natural Law, he could have done a much better job.