Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Journalist sees German dissent document as 'rebellion in the nursing home'
From Catholic Culture.org
The journalist whose in-depth interview with Pope Benedict XVI became the book Light of the World has dismissed a public protest by German-speaking theologians as “a rebellion in the nursing home.”
Peter Seewald told the Kath.net news agency that a highly-publicized statement of dissent-- signed by one-third of the theology professors at Catholic universities in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland—should not be interpreted as a popular uprising against Church teaching. Rather, he said, it is a protest by the same people who have caused a crisis in Catholic teaching.
The dissident theologians, Seewald charged, are seeking to remodel the Church in their own image, adapting Catholic teachings to popular standards. Their approach, he said, is to measure Church doctrines by the standards of popular opinion, putting themselves in the role of “chief priests of the Zeitgeist.”
In his acerbic remarks on the theologians’ public statement, Seewald referred to St. Paul’s words (2 Tim 4:3):
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachings to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.
I'm 57 and my good priest friend in Pensacola is 64. I asked him the other day why priests his generation are so stubborn about the reform of the reform within continuity. Being 64 he couldn't remember my question, so I repeated it. He finally answered that "It's my generation, we were the baby boomers and the me generation and we changed everything to the way we knew it should be. How dare anyone change it back. Now what was the question?"
I hate to say it, but we aging baby boomers are becoming somewhat pathetic. So sad to see the children of America's greatest generation babbling the way we are; it is sad indeed.