Everyone Is Intolerant At Some Point

July-August 2006

An Editorial in the National Catholic Reporter (April 7) is mighty worried about the possibility of Archbishop Lefebvre's Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) reconciling with Rome. The Editorial says: "Though unity is always a good thing, it must not come at the expense of clarity about what we believe.... Leaders of the Society of St. Pius X have demanded a formal 'right to dissent' from these elements of the teaching of the council [Vatican II: religious liberty, ecumenism, and interfaith relations] as the price of returning to the fold.... Benedict XVI must make it crystal clear that the price of admission is unambiguous assent to Vatican II, whole and entire. This is an opportunity for the pope to show the world that his emphasis on Catholic identity is...a principled insistence on 'thinking with the church'...."

So finally, the Reporter is speaking up for "clarity," "Catholic identity," "a principled insistence on 'thinking with the church,'" and no "right to dissent." How can the Reporter say that with a straight face?

The Reporter has been promoting homosexuality, contraception, priestesses, etc., which are defined doctrines. Is the Reporter "thinking with the Church"? No one would read the Reporter for "Catholic identity," "clarity," or no "right to dissent."

The Reporter says, "the price of admission is unambiguous assent to Vatican II, whole and entire." What is Vatican II, whole and entire? Vatican II is full of open-ended and ambiguous statements. There are widely varying claims as to what Vatican II means to say.

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New Oxford Notes: July-August 2006

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Of course NCR is not "tolerant" of the SSPX---NCR is not tolerant of the dogmatic teaching of the Church either. Liberals only talk about tolerance as they define it: They want conservatives to "tolerate" heresy, perversion, blasphemy, sacrilege, you name it----BUT don't ever question liberalism. That would be "intolerant." I hope there is a reconciliation between Rome and the SSPX, for such a reunion would only strengthen the Church in her defense of the Truth, and in the battle against Christ's enemies. Posted by: Chapman
July 20, 2006 12:48 PM EDT
Well, I drive by their building once in a while. There are always a lot of them outside smoking cigarettes. They are usually poorly dressed and sort of pathetic-looking. You have to really wonder, "Who are those people?" when you drive by. There is no coherence to their appearance, which would make sense, really, if you took the time to think about it. There is no coherence in their thinking, so it would make sense, after all. Posted by: sgraessle
July 20, 2006 02:45 PM EDT
sgraessle, were you talking about the building of the National Catholic Reporter? Posted by: charlesh
July 20, 2006 07:15 PM EDT
Yeah Sgraessle -- who are the 'pathetic, poorly dressed smokers' you speak of: the staff of the NCR or attendees of the SSPX? Pray tell! Posted by: nortemp
July 21, 2006 08:29 AM EDT
I doubt you'll ever find anyone who adheres to the Majestic, Inspiring, Transcending Traditional Mass presenting themselves in such a boorish manner. Enough said Nortemp. Posted by: gespin3549
August 22, 2006 08:04 AM EDT
Perhaps the NCR could set an example for SSPX by giving their own assent to Vatican II whole and entire. They could begin with Gaudium et Spes, which calls abortion an "unspeakable crime". Posted by: tburk
September 04, 2006 02:06 PM EDT
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