THE SERVANT GENERAL
In defining positions and views taken in our Church especially
on crucial aspects of human sexuality, unfortunately we have
had to attach labels, such as “liberal” and “conservative.”
There are those who are left and right of center. But the
“labels” make identification easier and facilitates
discussion. So it is important for all to get the meanings
of the labels right.
Catholics of course need to be at the center, being centered
on Christ and founded on the central truths of the gospel.
They are those we call conservatives, traditionalists or orthodox.
But there are those who are on the right, including those
who are called fundamentalists. Our concern however is for
those who are on the left. These are variously called liberals,
progressives, modernists. They are heterodox. While there
will always be various shades both on the right and on the
left, the general beliefs and leanings of liberals and conservatives
are clear enough and useful for our discussions.
Our Church is in grave danger from the liberals. They include
the prelates at the Synod who would accommodate sin in the
name of mercy and compassion (a false mercy). Such accommodation
will surely propel our Church into that slippery slope where
the Protestant Churches have already gone, and in the process,
lost the faith.
While I grant that there are some liberals who might mean
well, they are unaware that such progressivism or modernism
is actually the work of the evil one, whose ultimate intent
is to destroy faith, family and life. Thus we must not open
any doors or windows for them.
Voight, the Synod and devious ‘progressives’
October 22, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - The word "progressive
has been mentioned a lot in recent months in politics, academia,
media and more. It has especially been frequently mentioned
prior to and during the Vatican Synod on the Family as a self-described
label of the most liberal or dissident faction of Cardinals
and bishops at the Synod.
of the public, as LifeSite has noted before, have no idea
what the innocuous and harmless sounding word means. In reality,
however, some notable individuals such as actor Jon Voight,
the Catholic Hollywood actor who played one of the most convincing
ever portrayals of Pope John Paul II, have made it a point
to warn the public about the concerning real source and meaning
of the manipulative term.
Breitbart news Wednesday reported that Voight, in an interview,
said he "feels the political
left uses the term “progressive” as a substitute
“There are a lot of conservatives in Hollywood, and
they’re not very welcome,”, Voight is quoted by
Fox news as saying in the December issue of Cigar Aficionado.
The famous actor has long been known to identify as a conservative
and has therefore been targetted within the industry for being
out of line with the dominant ideology in the film industry.
stated that "actors with patriotic thoughts have a difficult
time finding a home in the industry" and then exposed
what the word "progressive," that many in the industry
prefer to use to describe themselves, really means in his
He is reported to state, “I
think the word ‘progressive’ is a very devious
“What they propose is
the reverse of progress. It’s some that does taste of
communism and Karl Marx’s pernicious philosophy,”
Voight is not far off the mark as revealed by Goerge Neumayr
in a February 2014 LifeSite article titled, "
the greatest source of death and terror in the twentieth century."
The English author George Orwell wrote that “political
language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder
respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure
wind.” In the history of manipulative political language,
the term “progressive” surely occupies a high
The term is used incessantly
to describe policies, political figures, and churchmen,
among others, whom a liberal elite deem enlightened. Through
repetitive use of “progressive,” modern liberals
have hoped to gull the public into equating progressive
with progress. But no such equation is justified.
Neumayr further warns,
The darkness of the twentieth
century is sufficient to dissuade anyone from confusing
“progressive” with progress. Its vilest ideologies
were all presented as “progressive.” In the
name of bettering humanity, self-described progressives
felt emboldened to “progress” beyond the most
basic precepts of reason and the natural law.
Anca-Maria Cernea, who made a startling presentation at the
current Synod on the Family, as reported by LifeSiteNews sees
the "progressive" forces within the Church to be
having a large negative influence at this time.
her presentation, Dr. Cernea warned the Synod bishops and
Pope Francis about the need to recognize the dangerous language
used by enemies of Christian culture in the world today. She
I am concerned by the fact that the Church is accepting,
or including without paying attention, some parts of ideological
language. With this language comes a message. We may not
be aware of the power [that is behind] the choice in terms.
we in Romania have this experience, because we have been
living under a Communist regime. We sense when something
sounds ideological and doesn't have any contact with reality
in which we live
regarding cultural Marxism,
Cernea boldly warned,
There is continuity from Lenin’s
sex revolution, through Gramsci and the Frankfurt school,
to the current-day gay-rights and gender ideology.
Classical Marxism pretended to redesign society, through
violent take-over of property.
Now the revolution goes deeper;
it pretends to redefine family, sex identity and human nature.
This ideology calls itself progressive. But it is nothing
else than the ancient serpent’s offer, for man to
take control, to replace God, to arrange salvation here,
in this world.
It’s an error of religious nature, it’s Gnosticism.
It’s the task of the shepherds to recognize it, and
warn the flock against this danger.
Returning to Neumayr, he relates that in 2007, at a debate
during the Democratic presidential primaries, Hillary Clinton
declined to call herself a liberal and "chose instead
to call herself a progressive."
Neumayr quotes Clinton's innocous, attractively sounding definition
of what she wants the public to believe that she means by
the term, but Neumayr explains,
Her vague definition of progressive makes it sounds wholesome
and harmless, as if progressives stand for nothing more
than up-to-date food inspection standards and a robust civil
society. In truth, progressivism
sparks off secularist and socialist notions of human perfectibility
and social engineering divorced from God and the natural
moral law that have proven disastrous for the human race.
As it concerns the Catholic Church, Neumayr states that modern
"progress" in the Church "is not measured by
growing adherence to holiness and truth but by departures
from them. It crowns churchmen “progressive” if
they appear to be substituting modern liberalism for orthodoxy.
The author's research and experiences in this area cause him
to emphatically warn that,
The incorporation of modern liberalism into Catholicism
is the destination point toward which “progressives,”
both inside and outside the Church, wish to go.
Moving beyond “truth
and falsehood” into an alliance with the “world”
is the antithesis of the Church’s mission.
But progressives, such as Hans Kung or the leading dissident
National Catholic Reporter paper in the US, drawing upon
a Darwinian conceit, will always claim that the latest development,
whether in religion or politics, is the best one. All changes
are cast as perfective, not destructive.
His last comment, one that seems uncomfortably familiar to
those following the disturbing developments in the Church
from last year's Synod on the family up to and including the
disputes and outrageous proposals and statements during the
“Progress,” as applied to politics and religion,
falls into Orwell’s category of self-serving rhetoric
designed to silence opposition to whatever is under proposal.
It should at the very least invite skepticism, not submission.
Thanks to John Voight, George Neumayr and Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea,
more people should be much
awakened to this dangerous movement in the culture and in
the Catholic Church that must be resisted with determination.
Reading Neumayr's entire article is recommended, as well as
Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea's complete Synod presentation and her
full interview with LifeSite.
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