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Religious rebellion

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 Contents - Nov 2012AD2000 November 2012 - Buy a copy now
All Saints Day: the 'Feast of the Unknown Saint' - Fr Munachi Ezeogu cssp
Pope's Lebanon visit sends a message of peace to Middle East - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Some good 'family' news from Russia - Babette Francis
Ignite Conference unites young practising Catholics - Br Barry Coldrey
Shanghai's new auxiliary bishop: a prophet and a hero - Bernard Cervellera
Hong Kong's Catholic Bishop interviewed
Worldwide religious persecution continues - Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Significance of the Higgs boson 'God particle' for believers - David Forster
The new evangelisation: restore a sense of the sacred - Andrew Kania
Letters: Importance of marriage - Brendan Keogh
Letters: People of God - John Frey
Letters: Catholic quotations - Mike Lovett
Letters: Religious rebellion - Kevin McManus
Books: CATHOLICISM: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith, by Fr Robert Barron - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: A MIDLIFE JOURNEY, by Gerald O'Collins SJ - Frank Mobbs (reviewer)
Books: THE GIFT OF THE ROSARY: How to Make and How and Why to Pray, by Brian Peachey - Barry Morgan (reviewer)
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Reflection: Father forgive them ...: God's infinite mercy for the repentant - Anne Lastman

In light of the recent rebellion by certain US religious women against the Pope and Church teachings, it is opportune to recall two particular warnings made in the 1970s that some religious were misinterpreting the reforms of Vatican II.

One was by Cardinal Danielou, who was prominent at the Council, and his warning was recently published in The Wanderer.

The other one was by the famous Benedictine and historian, Dom David Knowles.

We have all seen the Tudor-like devastation of empty convents, monasteries and seminaries in some Western countries. We have also encountered wandering religious who seem to have no faith left at all.

Having abandoned the regulated life of prayer and penance some have become captivated by pantheistic nature worship, radical feminism, enneagrams, sexual liberation, etc.

Dom David Knowles wrote in 1974, in his definitive work Bare Ruined Choirs that "when once a religious order or house ceases to have its members abandon all things that are not of God and ceases to show them the narrow way that leads to an imitation of Christ, it sinks to the level of a human institution." Whatever its works may be, they are of the world and not of eternity.

"A Rule given by its founder with an acknowledged fullness of spiritual wisdom, approved by the Church, tested and experienced by the saints, is a safe path and for the religious the only safe path. If one follows this path, one walketh not in darkness."

To which I would only add that this means the full Rule and not a minimalist modern free-and-easy version.

Ashfield, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 25 No 10 (November 2012), p. 14

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