Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Where is the New Theology Leading Us?

If there is one article worth putting on your read list this week, this would be it. It is titled, 'Where is the New Theology Leading Us?' It was originally written by the great theologian and opponent of modernism, Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. in 1946. The article clearly demonstrates why it is so important to follow the principles of perennial philosophy, which ultimately effects how one views dogmatic and moral theology. If you are wondering why we have all of the turmoil in the Church today, it is because many of the bishops and clergy have adopted modernist principles in some shape or form, which has been long condemned by the Church. If you read many of the theologians who are hailed today as being such great theologians, such as Hans Urs van Balthasar, Henri de Lubac and Karl Rahner among others, you will observe how readily they bought into much of the modernist line of thinking. I wrote a review on Hans Urs von Balthasar's work, 'Razing the Bastions' recently, and it is plain to see that he bought into many of the philosophical ideas which were explicitly rejected by the Church.

Excerpt from Lagrange's article:
"The truth is no longer the conformity of judgment to intuitive reality and its immutable laws, but the conformity of judgment to the exigencies of action, and of human life which continues to evolve. The philosophy of being or ontology is substituted by the philosophy of action which defines truth as no longer a function of being but of action."

Thus is modernism reprised: “Truth is no more immutable than man himself, inasmuch as it is evolved with him, in him and through him. As well, Pius X said of the modernists, “they pervert the eternal concept of truth.”


Alan Aversa said...

I've translated Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.'s Italian article "The Structure of the Encyclical Humani Generis," which is related to his "Where is the New Theology Leading Us?" Fr. G.-L. is thought to be the ghostwriter of Humani Generis, which condemns the Modernists' "New Theology".

For an excellent article on Thomism vs. the "New Theology", read: Greenstock, David L., T.O.P., "Thomism and the New Theology," The Thomist, 13 (1950) p. 567.

Matthew Bellisario said...

Thanks for the links Alan!