Post by Deleted on Dec 3, 2018 1:41:52 GMT
Neither was Archbp. Lefebvre when he wrote about “lay theologians”.
Look at what they speak about.
Pius XII- “professors of this theology occupying established chairs, courses are given, notes published, seminars held.”
Archbp. Lefebvre in the OPEN LETTER writing about this new religion of Vat. II and it's new teachings to Catholics:- “The new Canon Law supports all this. Lay theologians hold chairs of theology in Catholic universities, the faithful take over roles in divine worship which were once reserved to those in clerical orders: they administer some of the sacraments, they distribute Holy Communion and serve as witnesses at weddings.”
As far as family decisions Archbp. Lefebvre writes:
"This extraordinary influence of the family and background was intended by God. He willed that His blessings should first of all be passed on by the family. This is the reason why He gives to the father of a family such great authority and power over his family, his wife and his children.”
Again from the Archbishop: “This is why Catholics in this latter part of the twentieth century have a duty to be more vigilant than their fathers were. (referring to those Catholics who followed the clergy in going along with the changes) They must not let just any idea be imposed upon them.”
Yes, the above papal encyclical of Pope Pius XII was referring to a different example (university professors, etc.) but the principle the Pope gives can be applied to any layperson.
“… a danger also lest others begin to be taught by men clearly unfitted for the task.”
The Angelus article below talks about “lay theologians” (“unqualified teachers,” “unauthorized teachers”), using the papal encyclical of Pope Pius X, and also mentions that although Pope Pius X “spoke in slightly different circumstances, his words apply equally well to our self-declared traditionalist "theologians":
from The Angelus, June 1978
BY WHAT AUTHORITY?
A Guest Editorial by Douglas Laudenschlager
In the present period of general apostasy from the true faith, the infidelity to their office of those pastors of the Church who have inherited the sacred teaching authority of the Apostles has posed, and left unsolved, many of the gravest and most delicate theological problems that the Church has ever encountered—especially the questions of the Pope and of the new "Mass" and "Sacraments." Many anguished Catholics, abandoned by the shepherds who should have provided answers and guidance, have begun to seek the solutions themselves, studying to the best of their ability the traditional principles of Catholic theology and canon law and striving to determine their application in the cases at hand. But the circumstances of daily life permit such a demanding task to relatively few. As an unfortunate result, the quite natural desire to know what to think and how to act in this grave crisis of religious duties has left many all too willing to listen, without sufficient discernment, to anyone, whatever his qualifications, who seems to provide an easy answer.
More regrettably yet, such unqualified teachers have not failed to appear, and the good of souls obliges us to unmask them before faithful Catholics. The chemist, the weatherman, the rejected seminarian, even housewives—each turns out his or her little bulletin, sometimes containing an impressive amount of references and quotations, and always insisting that they "have all the answers." When these unauthorized teachers do not clearly reveal their intentions, we must not seek to judge them; however, the hatred and obsession frequently evident in the pages of their publications suffice to indicate the questionable equilibrium and purity of intention of their authors.
Whatever their intentions, there exists a spreading abuse, that risks leading, and has already led unsuspecting Catholics farther and farther away from sound Catholic notions and a balanced Catholic response to the present crisis. On May 31, 1954, Pope Pius XII addressed a group of several hundred bishops on the subject of unqualified laymen who were usurping a teaching authority not rightfully theirs. Though he spoke in slightly different circumstances, his words apply equally well to our self-declared traditionalist "theologians":
"As to the layfolk, it is clear that the legitimate Teachers (i.e. especially the Pope and the Bishops) can appeal to them or admit them, men and women, as auxiliaries in the defense of the faith. It suffices to recall the teaching of the catechism, in which so many thousands of men and women are employed, as well as the other forms of the apostolate of layfolk. All of this merits the greatest praises, and can and should be energetically developed. But it is necessary that such laymen be and remain under the authority, the guidance and the vigilance of those who by divine institution have been established teachers in the Church of Christ. There is in fact no teaching authority in the Church, in all that concerns the salvation of souls, which is not subject to this power and to this vigilance.
"Recently, however, what is called 'lay theology' has come to light here and there and has begun to spread, and a category of lay theologians who declare themselves autonomous has been born; this theology gives courses, prints publications, has study groups, professorial chairs, and professors. These latter distinguish their teaching authority from the public teaching authority of the Church, and oppose it in a certain way to their own; sometimes to justify their behavior they appeal to the charisms of teaching and interpretation that the New Testament, and especially the Epistles of St. Paul, mention more than once; they appeal to history, 'which from the beginning of Christianity to this day, includes the names of so many laymen who by word and writing have taught the truth of Christ for the welfare of souls without having been called to do so by the Bishops, without having received or requested the permission of the Magisterium, but motivated by an interior impulsion and by their apostolic zeal.'
"We must, however, maintain on the contrary that there never was, there is not, and there never shall be in the Church a legitimate teaching authority of laymen separated by God from the authority, the guidance, and the vigilance of the Sacred Magisterium; moreover, their very refusal to be subject furnishes a convincing argument and a sure criterion: laymen who speak and act thus are not guided by the spirit of God and of Christ. Everyone can see what danger both of disorder and of error this 'lay theology' contains: the danger as well that such men, men wholly incapable and even deceitful and perfidious, begin to instruct others; men of whom St. Paul writes, 'For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine: but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: and will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned into fables.' "
The Pope then continues that he certainly does not desire his warning to discourage laymen "from a more profound study of Christian doctrine." But they must not presume to solve the most difficult theological questions of all time and solemnly pronounce theological opinions on every issue after a bit of paging about in old books! The authoritative commentary on the Pope's allocution, published by L'Osservatore Romano on September 16, 1954, wisely remarks that "half-knowledge is sometimes worse than total ignorance."
Let us consider a single example of the great delicacy with which the Church herself resolves theological controversies—the question of Anglican Orders in 1896. Pope Leo XIII was ultimately to declare in Apostolicae Curae that their invalidity "has been the common theological opinion—and one confirmed on several occasions by the pronouncements of the Church and by her consistent practice." So the question was already settled! And yet, the Pope did not hesitate, before issuing his bull, to submit it once again to a final examination, lasting several months, by a commission of eminent theologians and the Cardinals of the Holy Office. What a zeal for perfect accuracy and certitude, often so blatantly absent from the impassioned writings of our self-styled pseudo-magisteria!
In the last two years, Catholics have witnessed an eloquent example of the diabolical perversity of such theological half-knowledge in the 'conspiracy' of calumny and canonical misreasoning of the writers in question against His Grace, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, himself a distinguished theologian, whose work for the preservation of the Catholic faith in pure fidelity to traditional principles Divine Providence has blessed and favored at every step.
In questions of theological and canonical nature, let loyal Catholics trust the priests devoted to their service, whose theological formation, as the Osservatore Romano article recalls, "is particularly adequate and complete, both because of the time that is consecrated to it, and because of the sureness of the teaching of their instructors, and also because of their direct and continuous adhesion to the living and authoritative Magisterium of the Church." "Laymen generally speaking do not find themselves in the same favorable conditions."
True, this training has not prevented all priests from accepting the 'new religion.' But "if persons consecrated by their vocation and by their state of life to the quest of theological truth have sometimes fallen into errors, how much greater will not be the danger incurred by laymen when they have the pretentiousness to play theologian and to erect their teaching chairs in the bosom of the Church!"
Catholics must realize that they have a duty NOT TO READ or support in any way the writing of such unqualified lay 'teachers,' not even "to keep abreast of what they are saying." And let them encourage all their fellow Catholics to do likewise. NO ONE may endanger his faith and salvation by confiding in such doubtful self-established 'popes,' devoid of all authority and of the necessary training. Once all loyal Catholics will have abandoned them to their lonely obsessions, they will ultimately disappear and be forgotten, and the great work of the salvation of souls will calmly continue with one less hell-bred hindrance.
Mr. Laudenschlager, a native of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, is a seminarian at the International Seminary of St. Pius X, Ecône.