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How Catholic is the Catechism of the Catholic Church?

May 29th, 2007
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I bumped into a web site that has an interesting article by traditionalist Roman Catholics on why they do not regard the Catechism of the Catholic Church as Roman Catholic enough. I found it quite interesting.

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  1. May 30th, 2007 at 01:13 | #1

    For those who read the link you provide, it may be worth noting that Karol Wojtyla’s dissertation for his (second) doctorate was “An Evaluation of the Possibility of Constructing a Christian Ethic on the Basis of the System of Max Scheler”.
    Scheler was a product of what was later called a “mixed marriage” — his father Lutheran and his mother Orthodox Jewish — turning to Catholicism as a young man, though whether that retained its original fire is another matter. He died in 1928 (JPII was 8 at the time) before the Third Reich, which suppressed his work.
    His essential idea was that value exists before and independent of perception and knowing, therefore can only be ordered, philosophised about, after life experience. A phenomenology, then, but distinct from the original phenomenology of conciousness of Husserl, whom he knew but was not his student.
    Now, the last philosopher worth reading, Friedrich Nietzsche, might find this simply Platonism with a new language, but regardless, this orientation is the same in which by-then John Paul II presents the Catechism “in the light of the Second Vatican Council, such as it is believed, celebrated, lived and prayed by the Church”. As the SSPX author points out, this locating of the expression of truth in the belief and lived experience of Man is at odds with both Scripture, in which Faith is ex auditu, from hearing (preaching) and therefore extra nos, and the previous position of the Church, as well as with the early efforts to gain acceptance of the Council’s teachings. But it is entirely consistent with this school of phenomenology.
    Therefore, even before proceeding to a critque of details, the entire basis itself of the Catechism is not the traditional understanding of the Roman Catholic faith but phenomenology.
    This has created a church in which, in my lived experience of it, as it is actually believed, celebrated, lived and prayed, is neither the traditional Church of Rome nor the church expressed in the Documents of Vatican II themselves, and it is to the latter and not the former that the “conservative” JPII and BXVI try to steer, and manifestly the church to which our Lutheran defectors have converted.
    Yes there is much business as usual in the current RC church as pointed out in an earlier post, but I do not think the significance of the shift outlined above and in the link cited can be overestimated, as underneath the business as usual Rome has sunk even further away from the faith that comes by hearing in the right proclamation of the Gospel in the preaching of confessional Lutheran pastors.

  2. May 30th, 2007 at 15:02 | #2

    Well, so much for B16s attempt at reconcilliation with SSPX!

  3. May 31st, 2007 at 11:48 | #3

    Paul,
    I see, you’d rather present half truths by failing to approve my comments. You do know what half truths are..

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