What You Should Know About The Synthesis of All Heresy “Modernism”

Gnosticism, Arianism, Nestorianism and Protestantism are nothing compared to Modernism. We can easily identify if a person is an agnostic, Arian, Nestorian and Protestant. But when it comes to Modernism it is close to impossible to identify if a person is a modernist or not. Modernism can be compared to a polluted air; it gets inside our system without us knowing it, and it destroys us inside out. The hammer of modernism Pope St. Pius X gravely opposed modernism; in his prophetic encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis he describes modernist in the following words;

. . .We should number them amongst the enemies of the Church, no one will be reasonably surprised that We should do so, if, leaving out of account the internal disposition of the soul, of which God alone is the Judge, he considers their tenets, their manner of speech, and their action. Nor indeed would he be wrong in regarding them as the most pernicious of all the adversaries of the Church. For, as We have said, they put into operation their designs for her undoing, not from without but from within. Hence, the danger is present almost in the very veins and heart of the Church, whose injury is the more certain from the very fact that their knowledge of her is more intimate. Moreover, they lay the ax not to the branches and shoots, but to the very root, that is, to the faith and its deepest fibers. And once having struck at this root of immortality, they proceed to diffuse through the whole tree, so that no part of Catholic truth which they leave untouched, none that they do not strive to corrupt. Further, none is more skillful, none is more astute than they, in the employment of a thousand noxious devices; for they play the double part of rationalist and Catholic. . . Finally, there is the fact which is all hut fatal to the hope of cure that their very doctrines have given such a bent to their minds, that they disdain all authority and brook no restraint; and relying upon false conscience, they attempt to ascribed to a love of truth that which is in reality the result of pride and obstinacy. Pascendi Dominici Gregis No. 3

A number of points can be deduced from the Pope’s description of modernism,

1.)  Most pernicious adversary of the Church

2.)  They attack the church not from without (outside) but from within (inside)

3.)  Modernism affects all the parts of the Church (Theology, Biblical scholarship and spirituality)

4.)  Modernism can injure the church greater because the knowledge of modernist heretics is more intimate than those who are outside the Church.

5.)  They attack not the externals of the Church but the foundation of dogma leaving no part of Church untouched

6.)  Modernist takes both position Catholic and rationalist

7.)  Modernism rejects the authority of the Church and appeals to conscience

In order to defeat the devilish doctrine of modernism we must first unmasked him and expose his errors publicly. Since modernism is a very broad topic, it would be beneficial to limit our discussion in the seven important points on modernism.

1. Most pernicious adversary of the Church

Pope St. Pius X called modernism the synthesis of all heresies, because modernism takes a lot of form. In other words modernism is the combination of all heresies.

A Modernist can take the form of Arianism by denying the divinity of Christ. Rudolf Bultmann the father of Protestant liberalism, claimed to have demythologized scripture by distinguishing Christ as a historical person and Christ the miracle worker, a product of Christian consciousness.

It divides Christology into two, Christology from above and Christology from below. This approach in Christology was pioneered by Karl Rahner in Catholic scholarship.   According to this approach Jesus of Nazareth is only a man, he is neither God nor a miracle worker. The notion that Christ is a miracle worker and is God is not historical but a product of religious reflection of early Christians. The problem with this approach is that it violates two dogmas of Christology. It violates the dogma of hypostatic union and Communicatio Idiomatum.

According to Dr.Ott, “The Divine and the human natures are united hypostatically in Christ that is, joined to each other in the Unity of the person” (Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, p.142),

the Christological approach pioneered by Karl Rahner attempts to dismiss the unity of Christ’s natures by creating the distinction between the divine and human acts of Christ rather than attributing it to the person of Christ. A modernist can also become a Protestant reformer by denying the authority of the Church. The rationalist approached to the Bible lead modernist to deny the dogma of Christ divinity.

Aside from this they also deny the historical institution of the Church. According to Fr. George H. Tavard a modernist theologian he said

In no way can the institution of the Church as a social and spiritual entity be traced directly to the recorded words of Jesus, even if these words are believe to have been truly spoken by the Jewish prophet from Nazareth.” (The Church Community of Salvation: An Ecumenical Ecclesiology, p.31)

The implication of Fr. Tavard’s statement is that the institution of the Church cannot be traced back to the very words of Christ in the Gospel of Matthew 16:17-19. This is a direct contradiction to the teaching of the Church. Pope St. Pius X spoke against this error [denial of the historical institution of the Church] in the Oath Against Modernism.

I believed with equally firm faith that the Church, the guardian and teacher of the revealed word, was personally instituted by the real and historical Christ when he lived among us, and that the Church was built upon Peter, the prince of the apostolic hierarchy, and his successors for the duration of time. Oath against Modernism

Some claim that the oath against modernism was already abrogated by the Church, however not a single document from the Church ever remove or cease the recitation of the oath against modernism by the clergy, pastors, confessors, preachers, religious superiors and professors in philosophical-theological seminaries. Granting without admitting that the oath against modernism was abrogated, yet modernist theologians cannot dismiss the fact that it is a dogma of the Church, that the Church was personally and historically instituted by Christ. Against this modernist error the Congregation for the doctrine of the faith issued a document entitled Dominus Iesus.

The Catholic faithful are required to profess that there is a historical continuity rooted in the apostolic succession between the Church founded by Christ and the Catholic Church. Dominus Iesus No.16

The Church required Catholics to profess that there is a historical continuity between the Church founded by Christ and the Catholic Church because this is an unchanging dogma of the Church. This is a dogma because Christ himself personally and historically founded the Church as recorded in Matthew’s gospel (16:17-19). These are only a few reasons why modernism is the most pernicious adversary of the Church, because of its ability to take form in any kind of heresy.

2. They attack the church not from without (outside) but from within (inside)

The most disgusting about modernism is that they are not our enemies outside of the Church like Protestant heretics. But they are our enemies from the inside of the Church. Pope St. Pius X made this clear when he said,

Venerable Brethren, these are not merely the foolish babblings of unbelievers. There are Catholics, yea, and priest too, who say these things openly; and they boast that they are going to reform the Church by these ravings! Pascendi Dominici Gregis No.10

It is fitting for us to cite few modernists that attacked the Church from within the Church. One of them is the German theologian Hans Kung, although censured by the Church from teaching in Catholic universities, yet his teachings remained influential among modernist theologians today. Hans Kung taught that the Church is not infallible but only indefectible; this means that the Church can teach errors in matters of faith and morals yet the Church will not be destroyed. This is contrary to the dogmatic pronouncement of the first Vatican Council that the Pope when speaks ex cathedra is infallible in matters of faith and morals. Another theologian is Karl Rahner, he denied the dogma of transubstantiation, for him when the priest consecrates the bread and wine there is no transubstantiation but only “transignification”. Fr. George Tavard in his book “The Church Community of Salvation: An Ecumenical Ecclesiology” rejected the dogma of the Church that Christ personally and historically founded the Church.

The key to being the Church does not lie in apostolic origin but in the perfect discipleship that is exemplified in the only disciple who did not abandon Jesus at the cross. The Church Community of Salvation: An Ecumenical ecclesiology, p. 39, Tavard

According to Tavard the Church is not apostolic in origin, but in being the perfect discipleship, this is an example of subjectivism a philosophical error originated from Immanuel Kant. These theologians are not just ordinary professors of sacred sciences but they are theological advisers of some of the cardinals present in the Second Vatican Council.

3.) Modernism affects all the parts of the Church (Theology, Biblical scholarship and spirituality)

Since they are from within the Church, they were able to influence almost all parts of the Church (for a detailed discussion about modernist as a theologian, philosopher and believer read the Pascendi Dominici Gregis). In Biblical scholarship they rejected the teaching of the Church that the Sacred Scripture has absolute inerrancy, for them Sacred Scriptures errs in history and physical realities Fr. Raymond Brown is one of the liberal Biblical scholars that rejects the absolute inerrancy of Scripture. Modernist as a theologian departed from the traditional norm of interpreting and expounding divine revelation. They developed the so called “New Theology”; they denied the existence of the devil, the necessity of the Church in salvation, dividing Christology into Christ of faith and Christ of history. In spirituality they become liturgical innovator, that is why Pope Benedict XVI promulgated the Summorum Pontificum to encourage the Christian faithful to get in touch to the tradition of the Church particularly the Tridentine Latin Mass. They have popularized the so called prosperity gospel and they praise God in strange tongues.

4.) Modernism can injure the church greater because the knowledge of modernist heretics is more intimate than those who are outside the Church.

What Protestants cannot do was accomplished by the modernist and that is to inflict injury to the Church. How many times have we heard from theologians, catechist and some clergies that the axiom “Extra Ecclesia Nulla Salus” (Outside the Church there is no salvation) was already abrogated in Vatican II. When coming from a theologian this sounds convincing, however nothing in the sixteen Vatican Council documents ever abrogated the said axiom. In Lumen Gentium and Decree on Ecumenism the axiom was even reaffirm. For modernist the only authoritative council is the Second Vatican Council and the twenty previous councils were overruled by the Second Vatican Council. This ideology was imbedded in the minds of religious educators that they too rejected the authority of councils prior to the second Vatican Council. This is the greatest mistake that the modernist committed because the documents of the second Vatican Council did not abandoned the decrees of previous council, but reaffirms it.

5.) They attack not the externals of the Church but the foundation of dogma leaving no part of Church untouched

When you want to kill a tree you do not cut the leaves and the branches but dig down to the roots and kill it from there. When the modernists want to destroy the Church they did not attack the external visible sings of the Church, but to its very roots the dogma of faith. The modernist doctrine that dogma can be abandon and change created an impact in some religious educators, hence nowadays we seldom hear them speak against heresies. For the modernist the dogma of faith is relative to each individual and group, that various teachings that originated from heretics are different forms of expression of divine revelation that is why they no longer speaks against heresies. The dogma of faith cannot be relative because God is its revealer any other teachings outside of the Church are merely opinions of fallible men.

6.) Modernist takes both position Catholic and rationalist

Fr. Raymond Brown was called “slippery eel” because when he is threatened by the Church to be censured he immediately switch sides and speaks good things about the Church, and makes a superficial renunciation of his errors. And when he is again in good standing with the Church, he begins to rediscover his old errors and spread it. How applicable are the words of the saintly pope St. Pius X to him,

For a moment they have bowed their head, only to lift it more arrogantly than before. Pascendi Dominici Gregis No.3

The hard thing about modernist is that they are half Catholics, they appear to be professing Catholics but when they start to open their mouth they speak ill against the Church. When we criticized them for their errors, they quote from magisterial documents and twist its meaning to suite their belief.

8.) Modernism rejects the authority of the Church and appeals to conscience

This is rampant among Biblical scholars, for them the consensus of opinions of modernist Biblical scholars is the Magisterium. After a series of encyclicals condemning their errors on inerrancy of scriptures, they still persist in spreading their error. Because for them what matters most is the consensus of modernist scholars rather than the consensus of the Church fathers when in comes to Biblical interpretation.

The venerable Pope St. Pius X appeal to us today to,

Wherefore we must interrupt a silence which it would be criminal to prolong, that we may point out to the whole Church, as they really are, men who are badly disguised. Pascendi Dominici Gregis No.3

We must rally along side the Church to continually combat the teachings of the modernist. We must be vigilant and refute the teachings of the modernist may it be in private and in public.

2 thoughts on “What You Should Know About The Synthesis of All Heresy “Modernism”

  1. good day!!

    As i have read your post today it sounds like you are a traditional catholic that reminds catholic faithful to be vigilant about the move of the so called modernist catholic cult.yes!! we have to be vigilant, we have to preserve the tradition that handed down by the apostles to us,tradition of the holy mother church which is the one .holy ,catholic,apostolic church.remember that the traditional Mass is the center of all tradition which Jesus Christ our Lord teach us through his apostles(bishop pope saint pius v Quo Primum) to keep it incorruptibles to free from flows of errors because The mass, the traditional mass is the very foundation of the holy catholic apostolic church.we have to defend the ship of peter that try to destroy by the devil the modernist catholics.gloria patri et fillius et spirito sancti..

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