First, on obedience: Obedience is required in the Bible – but it is above all to God. Unless you can predict the future, you don’t know what the Catholic Church will believe to be God’s will, and what the Catholic Church will teach 100 years from now about women’s ordination or same-sex unions or all the other issues. Neither do I. But we both know that Church teaching has changed on other issues. To name one example, Pope Pius IX taught that the right to hold, sell, and buy slaves is based on natural law. If you had been there in the 19th century, would you have claimed that obedience required everyone to accept the pope’s teaching, which we now know was faulty? Or would it have been true obedience to God to disagree with the Pope?...
The Catholic Church, particularly the papacy, has a wretched history on thinking that secular culture should be resisted – think of the papacy’s rejection of freedom of conscience, right to worship, right of free speech, freedom of the press, democratic governments, separation of church and state… All these have been rejected by popes are part of an evil secular culture. Some popes rejected electric street lights and railroads as too modern, for Pete’s sake. (Comments made by Father Anthony Ruff OSB-Pray Tell Blog- Post Titled 'Petition: Belgian priests and laity call for reforms.'
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Pray Tell Watch: Fr. Anthony Ruff On The Natural Law
Here is the latest from Father Anthony Ruff over at his blog, 'Pray Tell.' If you go to the combox for this post, you will see the following statement quoted below by Father Ruff. I will not offer any response to his statement. The fallacious foundation his argument is built upon to advocate rejecting irreformable Church teaching is readily apparent to most properly educated Catholics. I mean truly, the old slavery argument? Is he serious? If you want to clearly see how the heresy of modernism looks in action, look no further than Fr. Ruff. One has to wonder if Fr. Ruff understands anything whatsoever regarding the natural law. Check this out.