Sunday, November 15, 2015
SO LONG AS OUR BISHOP WILL NOT STAND UP - WE WILL!
Since Apuron's side (in the name of Diana-Susanna) maintains that they must protect against walker-aided cripples because they might be ISIS-trained suicide-bombers trying to blow up their party at the Hyatt, I believe we have some room to respond in view of what happened in Paris on Friday without making light of it in the least.
While we moderns might look back on things like the Crusades and the Inquisitions with guilt and embarrassment, we do so from the safe distance of several centuries. The Crusades, and especially the Inquisitions, were essentially about combatting heresy.
In times when the government was the church and the church was the government, heresy was more than just a difference of opinion. Heresy was a threat to civil order. Thus Thomas Aquinas wrote: (heretics deserved) "not only to be separated from the Church, but also to be eliminated from the world by death."
As the above-referenced article explains, by "heretic," Aquinas did not mean a Jew or a Muslim. He meant a Catholic who chooses to deny his faith in whole or in part.
As per Aquinas' definition, the founder of Islam was not a heretic and Islam is technically not a heresy, but it is very likely that Muhammed fashioned what became Islam out of a heresy, a Christian heresy: Nestorianism.
Nestorius was not just any Catholic. He was the Patriarch of Constantinople, essentially the "pope of the East." Nestorius called into question the nature of Jesus. He argued that Jesus was NOT one person who was "fully human and fully divine," but was two persons: one human and one divine.
Nestorius died in 450, but his heresy did not. It spread like fire and by the time of Muhammed (570-632), Nestorianism dominated the Arabian Peninsula. Given the traces of Nestorianism in Muhammed's writings, many scholars now agree that Islam had Christian roots, heretical ones.
Today, there are those who tell us "who are we to question the bishop?" The Church eventually did get around to questioning Nestorius, but not before his errors had spread...and inspired and informed a man named Muhammed...
Hindsight is of no use, unless of course it is translated into foresight. How different the world might have been had Nestorius been engaged and shut down at the outset. But he wasn't. After all, he was a "bishop."
Last January when the Romans were here, the word "heresy" was used by one of the members of the CCOG to describe certain teachings of the Neocatechumenal Way, such as "Jesus is a sinner." The CCOG members who were at the meeting later related that the bishop in charge of the inquiry was very put off by the use of that word by a layman, which apparently, according to the bishop, was reserved for the church to determine.
It is more than a proverb that "Rome moves slowly." It is a fact. Meanwhile, so long as our own bishop will not stand up against these errors, errors we can demonstrate and prove - WE WILL (lest we birth the next Muhammed).