Filed under: Books and Movies, Culture and Catholicism, Vatican II | Tags: Angelus Press, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Catholic tradition, Catholic values, fiction, Flannery O'Connor, Revelation, SSPX, Teilhard de Chardin, traditional mass, Vatican II
Pius X wrote Pascendi in 1907 to warn us of a special danger: modernist heretics fight dirty. Unlike the heretics of the past, they conceal their true agenda and don’t even leave the Church. And they employ a special rhetorical device, confusion. They decline, Pius X wrote, to lay out their thought coherently, but spread it out in a confused or puzzling way so that the full meaning is not immediately apparent, or bury it in bits in otherwise orthodox material which the unorthodox fragments contradict but very quietly. (And you thought it was you!)
It is not that modernists don’t wish to be understood, but rather from experience (advertising, for one) know they can trust that the whole meaning will reassemble itself in the reader’s psyche later, carried there past security by the shell of orthodoxy. They’re sidestepping a fair fight, to get into the heart. Think virus.
Their cynical tactic proves to be successful. They can even target niche audiences, it would seem. Consider, for example, that, judging from copious online reports, tenth graders ‘get’ Flannery O’Connor, while traditional Catholic school administrators apparently don’t. Continue reading
Filed under: Books and Movies, Culture and Catholicism | Tags: Catholic church, Catholic values, Flannery O'Connor, Flannery O'Connor criticism, Flannery O'Connor history, Flannery O'Connor liberalism, flannery o'connor sainthood, Flannery O'Connor Vatican II, Ignatius Press, Lorraine Murray, The Abbess of Andalusia, Vatican II
A new examination of American Catholic storyteller Flannery O’Connor by Lorraine Murray (The Abbess of Andalusia, St. Benedict Press, 2009) may put to rest suppositions regarding O’Connor’s sexual behavior and racial beliefs, Continue reading
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I have been nominated for a Catholic blogs award. My category is Best Catholic Blog That Needs to Update More Often.