How Dare they!

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How Dare they!

Via the Curt Jester we get the story of Fr. Roger Haight S.J. Appar­ently his license to teach The­ol­ogy at any uni­ver­sity has been removed because the Con­gre­ga­tion on the Doc­trine of the Faith because he denies the divin­ity of Christ. This belief is espoused is the book: Jesus Sym­bol of God. Fr. Phillip Neri Pow­ell OP. PHD talks of the joy of the dis­senters at his blog Domine, da mihi hanc aquam:

Crit­ics of the CDF will whine and moan that the con­gre­ga­tion is act­ing to sup­press cre­ative think­ing and legit­i­mate the­o­log­i­cal research. They will rend gar­ments and gnash teeth over the cos­mic injus­tice of ask­ing a Catholic the­olo­gian to actu­ally teach the Catholic faith. They will use Haight’s sanc­tions as evi­dence that they being per­se­cuted by a medieval Church who hates any and all dif­fer­ence of opin­ion. Let’s be quick to note the ratio of pub­lish­ing, teach­ing dis­si­dent the­olo­gians to those inves­ti­gated and sanc­tioned by the CDF. What, maybe one in every 10,000 the­olo­gians merit the CDF’s atten­tion? Hardly a world­wide “crack­down” on dis­sent. But maybe that’s the prob­lem. The CDF isn’t pay­ing these whin­ers any atten­tion and their rep­u­ta­tions among the hereti­cal inner-​circle are suffering.

So, ignore the mewl­ing aca­d­e­mics and left­ist pun­dits and focus on the fact that Haight him­self chose to write against well-​established, infal­li­ble Chris­t­ian doc­trine. He will not go hun­gry. He will have a place to live. God still loves him. He’s still a priest, a Jesuit, and a mem­ber of the Church. He can still write on ques­tions in spir­i­tu­al­ity, and he will no doubt become a conference/​lecture cir­cuit star among the thou­sands of pro­fes­sion­ally aggrieved insti­tu­tions and indi­vid­u­als the Church allows to flour­ish despite its appar­ent blood­thirsty, inquis­tional ways. If any­thing, the CDF sanc­tions have guar­an­teed Haight’s books a spot on most the­ol­ogy syl­labi well into this century.

The ques­tion becomes will he choose to peruse this father in terms of dis­sent until he chooses to per­ma­nently sep­a­rate him­self from the church. The priest­hood is not a democ­racy. If one wants to be a priest he is obliged to fol­low the teach­ings of the church.

There is noth­ing of course pre­vent­ing him from renounc­ing his vows and leav­ing the church or even Chris­tian­ity as a whole, with his denial of the divin­ity of Christ he would fit right into some churches. I ofter won­der why peo­ple who don’t believe stay, in com­ments Fr. Pow­ell gives the answer:

Some­one once asked a famous dis­sent­ing the­olo­gian why she remained in the Church if she found so much of its doc­trine and prac­tice so detestable.

She answered, “It’s where the Xerox machine is.” In other words, she remains b/​c the Church but­ters her bread and pays her rent. The Church pro­vides her with the resources she needs to under­mine the Church.

There is a much big­ger gravy train trash­ing the church from within rather than doing what one believes or fol­low­ing the rules. Just remem­ber although you may not like what they are doing you are required to pray for them, that’s the rules too.

Via the Curt Jester we get the story of Fr. Roger Haight S.J. Apparently his license to teach Theology at any university has been removed because the Congregation on the Doctrine of the Faith because he denies the divinity of Christ. This belief is espoused is the book: Jesus Symbol of God. Fr. Phillip Neri Powell OP. PHD talks of the joy of the dissenters at his blog Domine, da mihi hanc aquam:

Critics of the CDF will whine and moan that the congregation is acting to suppress creative thinking and legitimate theological research. They will rend garments and gnash teeth over the cosmic injustice of asking a Catholic theologian to actually teach the Catholic faith. They will use Haight’s sanctions as evidence that they being persecuted by a medieval Church who hates any and all difference of opinion. Let’s be quick to note the ratio of publishing, teaching dissident theologians to those investigated and sanctioned by the CDF. What, maybe one in every 10,000 theologians merit the CDF’s attention? Hardly a worldwide “crackdown” on dissent. But maybe that’s the problem. The CDF isn’t paying these whiners any attention and their reputations among the heretical inner-circle are suffering.

So, ignore the mewling academics and leftist pundits and focus on the fact that Haight himself chose to write against well-established, infallible Christian doctrine. He will not go hungry. He will have a place to live. God still loves him. He’s still a priest, a Jesuit, and a member of the Church. He can still write on questions in spirituality, and he will no doubt become a conference/lecture circuit star among the thousands of professionally aggrieved institutions and individuals the Church allows to flourish despite its apparent bloodthirsty, inquistional ways. If anything, the CDF sanctions have guaranteed Haight’s books a spot on most theology syllabi well into this century.

The question becomes will he choose to peruse this father in terms of dissent until he chooses to permanently separate himself from the church. The priesthood is not a democracy. If one wants to be a priest he is obliged to follow the teachings of the church.

There is nothing of course preventing him from renouncing his vows and leaving the church or even Christianity as a whole, with his denial of the divinity of Christ he would fit right into some churches. I ofter wonder why people who don’t believe stay, in comments Fr. Powell gives the answer:

Someone once asked a famous dissenting theologian why she remained in the Church if she found so much of its doctrine and practice so detestable.

She answered, “It’s where the Xerox machine is.” In other words, she remains b/c the Church butters her bread and pays her rent. The Church provides her with the resources she needs to undermine the Church.

There is a much bigger gravy train trashing the church from within rather than doing what one believes or following the rules. Just remember although you may not like what they are doing you are required to pray for them, that’s the rules too.