Thursday, April 30, 2009

Losing Faith

The post below, the third article by Paul Likoudis originally published in The Wanderer which details that paper's interesting history, contains a lively account of the media's reporting--and misreporting--on the first Vatican Council. I didn't realize that the secular press had such an interest in undermining that Council's declaration on papal infallibility, but it's not all that surprising given what was at stake.

I have to keep this brief, as I'm pressed for time today, but this quote is one I'm pondering:

“Should it happen that a few people fall away from the Church as a result of the definition of the true teaching by the Vatican Council, these will be people who have for a long time already suffered shipwreck of the faith and are just looking for a pretext to make the break public inasmuch as they have left no doubt as to their interior breach…

The same thing happened after Vatican II. And upon the promulgation of Humanae Vitae. And so many other times in the Church's history.

I think that the Catholic who begins seriously to contemplate leaving the Church has, in a real sense, already left her. Should he reconsider before making that final, he has only to confess his temptation to leave--but so few, having begun to think of leaving, will reconsider; many will seize upon the first viable excuse to put into action what they have already long considered doing.


Dean said...

And there you have it... on the path, on rocky ground, or in fertile soil... Are there degrees of faith? Or is their faith an illusion. Does having true Faith preclude contemplations such as leaving the Church? Can one have true Faith outside of the Church? If so, then why did Jesus establish His Church in the first place? As you can see, this post has really set me to thinking.

kkollwitz said...

"I think that the Catholic who begins seriously to contemplate leaving the Church has, in a real sense, already left her."

I believe it's the same with marriage...which is no coincidence.

Rebecca said...

kkolwitz has nailed it on the'd be committing the sin of adultery the moment you deliberately entertain the possibility of unfaithfulness to your spouse. It is the same with divine Faith.

Dean, anyone who is baptized receives, along with sanctifying grace, the divinely infused gift of Faith and it can only be lost by committing a grave act against Faith. However, remember that Faith without Charity is dead, and the Church guides us in how to live the Faith we were given at Baptism, and provides us with the means for preserving and nourishing Faith, Hope, and Charity (the sacraments).