Thursday, May 18, 2017
HAS A NEW ORDER OF THE LITURGY INSPIRED THE RETURN OF THE ARIAN HERSEY AND THUS MADE CATHOLICS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE DEFORMATION OF THEIR SPIRITUAL AND MORAL LIVES BY THE DICTATORSHIP OF RELATIVISM AND INDIVIDUALISM OF OUR SOCIETY TODAY?
I had a brilliant insight as I was preparing my mini homily for today's Mass in honor of St. John I, pope and martyr.
I read an account of his life and this is what inspired my homily: "In the early part of the sixth century the Church was still plagued by the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Jesus. However, by that time the heresy was kept alive more by the support of civil government than by any attraction to the error itself."
We all know that by the 6th century, the liturgies of both the east and west had developed in content and order to what would have been codified by the Council of Trent in the 16th century. The eastern rite's liturgies were even more elaborate than our Latin Rite, but the ethos was the same, a very, very high Christology emphasizing the divinity of Christ. I suspect this organic development from the point of the Arian Heresy to the 6th century was to combat the heresy.
Thus prior to the 1965 tinkering with the Mass by "spirit of Vatican II novelists" and then the promulgation of the 1969 missal, the two liturgies of both the east and west emphasized a high Christology and thus the divinity of Christ. The East continues to do so today.
But what happened to the Latin Rite's liturgies after Vatican II? The reform in discontinuity emphasized the humanity of Jesus (although not explicitly denying the divinity of Christ). Thus the so-called "renewal of the Mass" was informed by a low Christology which opens the Church and her members to the revival of the Arian heresy.
But back to what I wrote about St. Pope John I, by the sixth century the Arian heresy was promoted more by the civil authorities than by the faithful's attraction to this error. The high liturgies of the Church in both the east and west had helped to eradicate the heresy with rank and file Catholics.
Today, the civil authorities that we have to contend with are promoting ideologies, such as gender ideologies, as a sort of dogma of the secular religion of our day. There are many other dogmas.
Wouldn't these secular politicians and ideologues, especially in the entertainment and media worlds, want to neutralize the beliefs of Christians who believe that Jesus is God and thus He trumps what they have to offer in the areas of morality/amorality and the like?
Just how successful has the revised Mass informed by a low Christology done to keep Catholics, Catholic? We all know that today, that a significant number of Catholics have an egalitarian view of the world with all things being equal. Many have succumbed to the individualism of society that places the person and it's (I use this pronoun intentionally) desires at the center, not the common good.
And if Jesus is not believed to be divine, that He is truly the Godhead, then all the ideologies that are available to us in this firecely individualist society are on the same par with Jesus' teachings. Take it or leave it.
What do you think?