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Mundabor's Blog

Brilliant blog post on “Ite Ad Thomam” about Modernism vs. Neo-Modernism. The blog post (the blog is run by strictly orthodox Thomist theologians) is particularly notable because its rigorous exam of the evil of Neo-Modernism doesn’t stop at the extremists, put points the finger to the widespread corruption of traditional Catholic thinking still present today in the very heart of the Church.

The summa divisio is between Modernism and Neo-Modernism.

The first is defined as follows:

Modernism is the idea that there are no eternal truths, that truth is the correspondence of the mind with one’s lifestyle (adaequatio intellectus et vitae), and that, therefore, old dogmas must be abandoned and new beliefs must arise that meet ‘the needs of modern man’. This is a radical denial of the traditional and common sense notion of truth: the correspondence of the mind with reality (adaequatio intellectus et rei), which is the basis…

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Posted on April 27, 2012, in Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This article was excellent and thanks very much Mundabor for alerting your readers to that site, which I have bookmarked.

    Many questions flow from this. Three are below:

    a) Imagine a future Magisterium once again fully Catholic. How many documents, officially published in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, would have to be removed from it and cast into oblivion? At least one of John Paul II’s Encyclicals is known to be seriously suspect, and anything that has come out of the Congregations on ecumenism and social teaching would have to be looked at very carefully.

    b) Is there ANY mileage in the accusation that this Pope has on occasion written heresy, in either his books or elsewhere?

    c) How many of the world’s 3,000-odd diocesan Bishops can be held to be material heretics in so far as they hold to neo-Modernist positions?

  2. a) My take is many of them would have to be rewritten changing here an dthere, but I wouldn’t call them heretic. The problem as I see it is more often in what they imply, or in a reading key they seem to authorise, than in outright heresy.

    b) You only need to read his address to the German bishops, which you find in its entirety at Rorate Caeli, to form your own opinion.There are other things, like the famous assertion atheist help Christians not to become presumptuous, or something along those lines. He won’t go down in history as a master of orthodoxy, for sure.

    c) Difficult to say. I’d say in England probably almost all of them, in Italy or Spain or Mexico probably many less already, in Africa and Asia less still. I do think, though, that if a dozen or two were punished in an exemplary way, the others would discover in themselves an orthodox zeal we would not have thought possible…


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