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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The TLM as Renewing the Church and the World--What Else?

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"Rather than telling the world what to do, the Church was to listen to what the modern world was saying to and telling the Church. The newness of this document was such that even the Council itself had to find a new term with which to accommodate it within its categorization of the documents of an Ecumenical Council: Gaudium ESpes was to be a Pastoral Constitution." Archbishop Martin at the Eucharistic Congress.

Why I am not there...The Church has been given the mandate to tell the world how to live, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations." This Archbishop should be talking about the Church Militant and not pandering the world. The world, the flesh and the devil are the enemies of the Church. Unless the Archbishop's definition is different than mine, I think he sounds like any priest from the 1970s who cannot bear to face the reality of the suffering of the Church Militant. No more "happy-clappy" theology, please.

The Archbishop went on to state that: "The Gospel must be preached courageously even if it does not seem to find roots in people’s lives," he added. "Resignation and keeping things ticking over will never renew the Church. A divided squabbling Church will not attract young people but only alienate them. On the other hand, no one should fear the message of the Gospel."

His message is confusing. The Gospel being a fearful message is a weird phrase I have never heard before. Nor, do I know what he means by squabbling. Is he referring to a vision of a false ecumenism? Is he referring to the trads? I agree with him that we should never be resigned, but I am not into his type of rhetoric. There is only one thing which will truly renew the world at this time and that is The Traditional Mass. Without the spirituality of the TLM, the Church will not be renewed. Our Pope knows this. 


Let me quote the Pope, briefly on the world:

"We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as definitive and has as its highest value one's own ego and one's own desires... The church needs to withstand the tides of trends and the latest novelties.... We must become mature in this adult faith, we must guide the flock of Christ to this faith."

"A new generation of Christians is being called to help build a world in which God's gift of life is welcomed, respected and cherished-not rejected, feared as a threat and destroyed. A new age in which love is not greedy or self-seeking, but pure, faithful and genuinely free, open to others, respectful of their dignity, seeking their good, radiating joy and beauty - a new age in which hope liberates us from the shallowness, apathy and self-absorption that deaden our souls and poison our relationships."

"A world marked by so much injustice, innocent suffering, and cynicism of power cannot be the work of a good God."

We cannot tolerate evil and we cannot tolerate the fact that the Church, and we Her members, are a sign of contradiction in the world. The TLM is the place where contradiction and Truth meet the world, and eventually overcome it.

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Comments, as maybe, just maybe, I am being unfair.