‘Pastoral solutions’ and magisterial sin-nods are not new
October 24, 2015 § 70 Comments
The modern temptation to view ourselves as uniquely ever-so-special in the history of Christianity is something ordinarily (and appropriately) associated with progressives. But it is a temptation into which many modern-day traditionalists also fall: before Vatican II things were going pretty well, it is thought or implied; but now progressives are triumphantly vandalizing the Faith.
I hate to say it, but today’s sour-faced traditionalist Catholic typically does not have an adequate grasp of the facts, and as a result is entirely too optimistic. I often find that my comments in traditionalist forums, in which I explain the parallels between progressive ‘pastoral solutions’ with respect to usury and currently proposed ‘pastoral solutions’ with respect to adultery and sodomy, flounder in the moderation queue.
I don’t really mind. These forums are welcome to publish what they want to publish and reject what they do not want published, just as I do here. And some writers, to their great credit in my view, are willing to engage the possibility that formally-not-heretical but pastorally-deliberately-amnesiac progressive triumph in the Church, often putatively justified by appeals to ‘mercy’, predates Vatican II by centuries.
But I suspect that the reason why many traditionalist forums do not seem to want to engage the nuts and bolts of usury, and in particular the now centuries-old progressively ‘pastoral’ deliberately-amnesiac magisterially-endorsed ‘triumph’ with respect to usury, is because it demonstrates that we are not really all that special. We’ve seen all of this before — and lost, with core moral doctrines of the Church not formally denied but nonetheless flushed down the memory hole.