Some grieving objections to Father Timothy Radcliffe, which should be expressed as the former Master General of the Dominican Order, not as the master of a Masonic lodge

SOME OBJECTIONS TO FATHER grieving TIMOTHY RADCLIFFE, THAT SHOULD EXPRESS THEMSELVES AS THE FORMER MASTER GENERAL OF THE DOMINICAN, NOT AS THE MASTER OF A MASONIC LODGE

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I wonder in a Dominican this language imprecision, which suggests a relativistic vision of religion and indifferentist. He seems to confuse faith with the view. Opinions may be many, Also in contrast to their, and this is normal. But faith in God is one, as well as the truth is only one, because it is objective truth, certain, absolute and universal.

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John Cavalcoli, o.p.

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former Master General of the Order of Friars Preachers, Father Timothy Radcliff, o.p.

Having remained perplexed by various answers, sent me a text the reader an interview done by Alain Elkann to Father Timothy Radcliffe, former Master General of the Order of Preachers, to which I belong, asking an opinion to that effect [cf. interview The Print, WHO].

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I liked some things he said, as the importance of love for the truth and for silence, the beauty of faith in its relationship with reason, fraternal Dominican life, that every man is made to reach God and then called to salvation and the peaceful coexistence of the faithful of the various religions. I do not feel instead of sharing some of his statements, I quote here with my observations about. Do a number of the words of Father Timothy Radcliffe, and below I put my comments.

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  1. Asked interviewer: "You think all religions are means to achieve the same place?"Father Timothy Radcliffe responds: "I'd be happy to say, but it is beyond our comprehension ".

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I would have responded stating that all religions are more or less imperfect human means to reach God. But only the Catholic Christian religion is the highest among all, because it was founded by the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Unique and perfect Mediator, That tells us that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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  1. "The wars are part of human history and war using every means to win, much nationalism as religion. It is not correct to say that religion is the source of war. I would say that humans have cultivated violence using religion to impose it or to justify it ".

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I observe that Father Timothy Radcliffe It makes a false generalization. The war may have a right end: for instance, homeland defense, the liberation of an oppressed people, the felling of a tyrannical regime, the recapture of territory occupied by the enemy, liberation from oppression of Christians by Islamic or communist.

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Do not confuse violence with the proper use of force. Violence is wrong and is being punished by civil and military code; the proper use of force is an act of fortitude that can reach heroism and is the principle of military valor, worthy of the greatest honor. Contempt or indiscriminate condemnation of war as such, without distinguishing the right one from that unjust, It is a sign of mood petty, falsamente peace at the last e-hearted?, which eventually leads to tolerate the arrogant oppress the weak and leave them defenseless. The defense of religion can justify a war, as it happened, for example, at the Battle of Lepanto or wars narrated in the Old Testament Israel, although it is true that religion can be a pretext concealing greed for power or desire to dominate, as was the war of princes against the Lutheran Church to take possession of Church property.

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Is not it, therefore, Karl Marx thought come, that wars are always made for material interests, and that those ideals serve only to cover the first. This idea is a sign of narrow-minded soul and barbaric, who does not understand that man is not a beast, but he holds the honor, to justice and the right.

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You notice in the pacifist ideas of Father Timothy Radcliffe rationalist utopianism and naive and at the end, beyond the intentions, dangerous and warmongering, typical of Rousseau and the Enlightenment Masonic, which considers a "human nature" prepared at the table, taken abstractly and originally "good", regardless of its dramatic historical condition, subsequent to original sin, nature instead needs to be disciplined and braking, if necessary, even with severity. Indeed, revealed by experience, humanity with the sole force of reason and will not be able to correct deviations and to implement fully, through appropriate negotiations and policy actions, Justice and peace, moreover, in a purely earthly perspective, but it needs the help of grace, as the history of Christian civilization and the Church.

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  1. "I'm a big fan Pope Francis, It is making wonders advancing the Church in a more relaxed and less centralized. Certain, meets resistance, but there is driving toward freedom and spontaneity, managing to get in touch with each community ".

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From the manner in which Father Timothy Radcliffe qualifying himself against the Roman Pontiff, - "Papa Francesco fans" - as if it were a movie star or a sports champion, it is understood that the visual evidence under which he places himself to consider and evaluate the performance of the Pope, It is totally inadequate and misleading, It is a gross superficiality and wonder a lot in a Dominican who was head of the Order for almost ten years.

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For this reason the Father Timothy Radcliffe judgment on Pope It is completely false and clearly denotes that he comes from the deleterious modernist-liberal-Masonic environment, and with the greatest cunning and very heavy economic and media resources, for some time now exerts, towards the Successor of Peter, fine as dirty and shameless work of flattery and feigned devotion, which unfortunately does not fail to produce a certain effect on the masses of gullible believers and secularists, and the Pope himself, whose leadership of the church is extremely difficult both for the objective existence of fierce dramatic intra-ecclesial conflicts and because of the difficulty he has to give peace and concord, both for its own certain lack of impartiality and is even more due to inefficient staff and fake friends, that circuiscono him and shaped him.

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Padre Timothy Radcliffe, with his statements, It gives shows to err in interpreting the Pope's action and did not understand at all - something heavy in a Dominican - or the true personality and apostolic mission, nor to understand the true, dramatic situation of the Church, repeatedly denounced by Benedict XVI, but also the Church in its true perspectives and hopes.

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Padre Timothy Radcliffe, from what is expressed, It seems to live in a cozy and dreamy, made of naive youthful enthusiasm, absolutely no sense - now that people are talking about "discerning" - or the depth of the crisis, nor that the values ​​that are emerging, which are those of an authentic implementation of Vatican II, no interpretation modernist schillebexiana and Rahner, but according to the authentic teachings of the Popes of post-council, Blessed by Paul VI to this, not without being in continuity with Tradition supreme listening of the Word of God and what the "Spirit says to the Churches" [AP 2,7]. And when I say "tradition" I do not mean to The old rite of the Mass, but Sacred Tradition, ie to the custody, conservation and infallible apostolic oral transmission of the data revealed: essentially, the preaching of the Gospel.

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Today the Pope does not need "fans » - these let them to football games, faith is a serious matter -, Nor acres accusers Pharisees, It does not need to be smoothed and pampered, It does not need to be 'correct' in the true faith, indeed he asks us to listen to him as teacher of the faith and infallible interpreter of Tradition and Scripture, and it needs to be helped and advised by loyal collaborators, wise and efficient, who do not give scandal to the people of God. It needs to be lit, comforted, consulate, encouraged and freed from the Judas, by schemers and the careerists, that surround him like bees around honey. Following the example of St. Catherine of Siena Pope it needs to be insistently urged frankly, love and respect to do his duty for the honor of Christ and the good of the Church.

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Father Timothy Radcliffe imagines a promoter Pope of a Church "relaxed" as that, comfortably relaxed in an armchair, you will enjoy a TV show. His "decentralized" Church is a pitiful understatement but not too much, to conceal or ignore the confusion in which today the Church is in a war of all against all cardinals, Bishops, theology, priests and religious in matters of faith and morals.

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According to Father Timothy Radcliffe Pope Francis He is guiding us toward a Church 'free and spontaneous'. But to achieve this end, there is no need of Peter's Successor: just a good treatise on psychology. The Pope guides the Church far greater heights: listening to the Word of God, imitation of Christ, liberation from sin, the life of grace, the victory over the world and Satan, the communion of saints, the exercise of charity, for evangelical perfection, the availability to the Holy Spirit stresses, the conquest of the Kingdom of God, eternal happiness.

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"The Pope is able to get in touch with each community"? Certain, he is the common father of all the children of God, He is sent by Christ to proclaim the Gospel to the whole world, It must understand the deeper needs of all, It must be able to appreciate the values ​​of all religions, must submit to Christ those who are "weary and oppressed" [Mt 11,28].

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The Pope certainly demonstrates an extraordinary energy and attitude in contact with the crowds. Ma this, misled by a secularist interpretation of the action of the Pope by the great mass media, interpretation that the Pope himself does not seem sufficiently disprove, What then see the Pope? The cute propagandist of a moral "relaxed" or the man of God who calls us to look up? If the Pope 'meets resistance', should wonder what they mean. Of course there are the usual Lefebvre and Pharisees; but there is also those who love him and it's sincere friend and want to see him strive for holiness.

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  1. We must pray for brotherhood between the faiths, not foment division.

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I wonder in a Dominican this language imprecision, which suggests a relativistic vision of religion and indifferentist. He seems to confuse faith with the view. Opinions may be many, Also in contrast to their, and this is normal. But faith in God is one, as well as the truth is only one, because it is objective truth, certain, absolute and universal.

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We must therefore promote brotherhood among the followers of different religions. It makes no sense instead speak of "brotherhood between the faiths", as it makes no sense brotherhood between true and false. It should not divide what should be united, but you have to divide what should be separated. The spirit of peace is not playing a double game or serve two masters. In this sense, Christ said he came to bring a 'sword' [Mt 10,34].

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"Whoever is not with me ' - says the Lord [Mt 12,30] - "she is against me". If the Qur'an denies what Christ teaches, can not both be right Christ and the Koran. Consequently, religions are not as parties in a parliament or the plurality of religious groups within the Catholic Church. In these cases the various formations are integrated and complement each other to represent the totality: or all the citizens of a nation or the entire ecclesial body.

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Instead, the question of the relationship between religions is not just social order; It is not merely delegated to the State, in application of the right to religious freedom, for which the state must care for the peaceful coexistence of groups existing in it; not just to respect the differences among religions, but more deeply the question touches the problem of the truth of the doctrines of religions. And on this point, the Dominican should be particularly sensitive. In this regard,, we must say that the Catholic Church recognizes the presence of saving values ​​in other religions, However, mixed with errors. Indeed, the fullness of the saving truth is exclusive patrimony of Catholic doctrine, as he still says the Second Vatican Council in the decree Unitatis redintegratio (II).

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For this reason the Church also has the duty to reject or amend errors contained in other religions, that all men are called to be converted to Christ through the Church, As stated by the Council of Florence in 1442, although you can, as taught by the Second Vatican Council, belong to the Church unconsciously.

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Father Timothy Radcliffe seems to share la teoria di Edward Schillebeeckx, according to which the true religion is the sum of all religions, so that each of them would give his contribution to the building up of all, a little 'is like an encyclopedia from the contributions of collaborators. Indeed, secondo Schillebeeckx, "No particular religion exhaust the problem of truth"[1]. "Consequently, We can and we must say that there is more religious truth in all religions put together that every single religion "[2]. This means that? What the Koran adds saving truths that are not contained in the Gospel? That the Gospel can not afford to fix the Koran? Schillebeeckx does not realize that the saving truths were revealed by God through Christ and the Church in a number and harvested in the Apostles' Creed. Other religions do not add new truths, that are not already contained in the Christian creed, but rather they lack some. For this, the approach of Father Timothy Radcliffe, as a reflection of the ideas of Schillebeeckx, It is not at all conform to the doctrine of the faith, unfortunately!

 

Varazze, 24 November 2017

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[1] Humanity, God's story, Queriniana 1992, p.215.

[2] Ibid., p.220.

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