Tuesday, May 2, 2017
IF ONE DOESN'T BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS DIVINE, THEN THE LITURGIES OF THE CHURCH WILL REFLECT IT
Lex Orandi, lex credendi. The law of prayer is the law of belief. At the heart of the liturgical malaise in the Church might well be Arianism which St. Athanasius, the Father of Orthodoxy (maybe some in high places in the Church of the spirit of Vatican II kind would call him the Father of Fundamentalism?) combated the Arian heresy. It was probably about the year 323 that one Arius, a priest of the church of Baucalis, began to teach that Jesus, though more than man, was not eternal God, that he was created in time by the Eternal Father, and could therefore be described only figuratively as the Son of God.
The only thing that can explain how the ethos, spirituality and devotional qualities of the pre-Vatican II Mass, now known as the Extraordinary Form, which had a basis in a very high Christology, meaning a high understanding of the Divinity of Christ as on Divine Being, first and foremost with two natures, human and divine, became so warped by the "spirit" of Vatican II's implementation of reforming the timeless Mass is that the heresy of Arianism reared its ugly head immediately and continues to do so.
The only explanation for the low Christology of the Mass today with its ensuing banalities, casualness and irreverence and loss of a sense of the divinity of Christ is precisely a loss of Catholic Faith as expressed by the Father of Orthodoxy.
Why would anyone follow someone as though He is God when they don't believe He is God but only Godlike?
Perhaps this accounts for the fact that in Belgium only 5% of Catholics attend Mass content that Jesus isn't really God whereas the 95% who don't attend don't see any reason to do so. If I didn't believe Jesus is co-eternal and co-equal with the Father and Holy Spirit, I'd cease being Catholic too.
But if I wanted some low rituals in my life and a community of people to which I am attached, maybe I would go to Mass.
Isn't the loss of faith in the true nature of Whom Jesus is, the primary reason that has led to the decline in the number of Catholics who actually practice their faith? And the ones who have stayed, how many of them are actually orthodox as St. Athanasius would have defined Catholic orthodoxy?