Father Z does an excellent fisk of
a editorial from the National Catholic Reporter staff marking the 40th
anniversary of Humanae Vitae. As you would expect they didn’t
break out a birthday cake to celebrate this anniversary, but snipe at
it instead. Like most gutless progressives they never actually deny the
teaching they just try to give it the death of a thousand cuts by
trying to undermine how the encyclical happened and then the reaction to
So the great theological reasoning they
give us is polling. As I have said before the only poll in
the New Testament only Peter got it right and he had help.
Once again we get the whole “lived experience” thing as if
this is any kind of criteria that has ever been used in the history of
Christendom. Should we appeal to the lived experience of the
Church when many of it’s members had fallen into Arianism?
Hey many Catholics are not much into sacrificial giving and
the preferential love of the poor so I guess we should dump these ideas
because of the lived experience. When it comes to the
teaching Jesus gave us on adultery there is as NCR would put it “a gulf
between official church teachings and Catholic practice.” How
about loving our enemies? Once again the “lived experience”
of Catholics does not match the doctrine.
So I guess we need to stop giving to the
needy, that we don’t need to love the poor and we can wish ill for our
enemies. Plus since we don’t love one another as Christ has
loved us we also don’t have to love one another to a a more perfected
degree. Most people do not pick up their crosses daily, but
try to run from them so we can throw that doctrine on the fire along
with the others. Hey Christianity gets easier and easier to practice
everyday. Just dump the doctrines that are difficult and it
is suprisingly easy.
“The Christian ideal has not been tried
and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” –
But for the National Catholic Reporter it
is the negative reaction and living apart from Church teaching that is
the criteria as to whether a doctrine is true or not. Not
scripture, apostolic tradition, nor the magisterium – but polling.
Gallop eccelesiology is rather a strange view of how the
Church arrives at her doctrines.
The dishonesty of their article is
staggering. They set up a strawman argument that was a parady
of what Pope Paul Vi said and then say that it was the main thrust of
the encyclical. They describe everything in terms of power as
most dissidents see the Church. They never address the
predictions that the encyclical made and have all come true.
No mention of the state of family life since the
wide-spread use of contraceptives. No mention of the further
degradation of women. I guess the breakdown of the family and
increased divorce is beneath the notice of the NCR. Though
rampant divorce and destruction of the family is not the “lived
experience” so now I guess should become doctrine.