Return to Obedience & Traditional Teaching

catechismIn a previous blog post, I stated that:

Dissent is a grave error, and one that should not be encouraged.  I, as a member of the Ordinariate, do take seriously the Catechism and I do take the Catechism as ‘Authoritative’, and I will not teach anything other than what is expressed in the C.C.C.

Pope John-Paul II, in talking to the United States bishops in 1987 stated,

It is sometimes reported that a large number of Catholics today do not adhere to the teaching of the Church on a number of questions, notably sexual and conjugal morality, divorce and remarriage. Some are reported as not accepting the Church’s clear position on abortion. It has also been noted that there is a tendency on the part of some Catholics to be selective in their adherence to the Church’s moral teachings.   It is sometimes claimed that dissent from the Magisterium is totally compatible with being a “good Catholic” and poses no obstacle to the reception of the sacraments. This is a grave error [emphasis mine] that challenges the teaching office of the bishops of the United States and elsewhere.

One of the problems with the church today is the lack of obedience. Within the Church we have people that do not follow the teachings of the Church as expressed through the Catechism. We must begin by obeying the Magisterium, returning to faithfulness. Faithfulness to tradition: traditional morality, theology and teaching.

There is, therefore in the Church progress of dogma, progress of theology, progress to a certain extent of faith itself, but this progress does not consist in the addition of fresh information nor the change of ideas. What is believed has always been believed, [emphasis mine] but in time it is more commonly and thoroughly understood and explicitly expressed (Cath Ency, Trad)

Our salvation is linked with our obedience to the Church as instituted by Christ and His Apostles.  I do not understand people who say, “I am a Catholic but…” and then state something other than what is in the Catechism.  How does that help in spreading the Gospel, and how does that express the ‘oneness’ that Christ gave to His Church through the office of Peter, and the apostles.

I go back to my original statement; ‘Dissent is a grave error’.  I know priests who have never opened the Catechism, and think that it is a waste of time; as they hope to see mighty changes; and by this I mean “modernist changes, and sociological changes” coming into the Church.  We in the Ordinariates have our traditional Mass, our liturgies, and we have the Cathechism as ‘authoritative’ for our congregations.  I pray for a return to tradition and obedience throughout the Catholic world.

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