St. Paul’s prophetic words and Peter Seewald on the attack

“The time is sure to come when people will not accept sound teaching, but their ears will be itching for anything new and they will collect themselves a whole series of teachers according to their own tastes” [2 Tim 4:3]

Saint Paul’s writings often turn out to be strikingly prophetical, especially considering the larger developments within the Christian communities. He wrote to the small communities in the Near East, Greece and Rome, but his inspired words are equally applicable to the modern world and Church. The above quote seems fitting today, in the aftermath of a memorandum from 143 German theologians who propose far-reaching changes in the Church, essentially protestantising it. Luckily, a quick glance at the headlines at Kath.Net reveals that the suggestions meet with some serious resistance from , at least, the German laity.

Peter Seewald at the presentation of his book 'Light of the World'

One of the strongest critics is Peter Seewald, the author of ‘Light of the World’, the best-selling book of interviews with the pope released last year. In an extensive commentary, Seewald rips the initiative of the theologians to shreds, calling it a neoliberal action against the very essence of the Church:

“Here we see a concerted action from neoliberal forces who want to force an accelerated  restructuring which will deprive the Church of her essence and so her Spirit and strength. In the end there will be a worldly Church, in which not God, not the Gospel, but the autonomous member of the community will be measure of all things, directed by the high priests of the spirit of the times.”

Seewald continues by identifying the memorandum not as an uprising from the young, but a “rebellion in the nursing home”, identifying the whole general problem as a generation issue.

For those who read German (or have access to someone who can offer a proper translation), go read Seewald’s comments. They are not just applicable to this specific situation, but to so much of the current attitudes and actions of luke-warm Catholics. Just as St. Paul’s words still apply, really.

Artwork: David Myers
Photo credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

2 thoughts on “St. Paul’s prophetic words and Peter Seewald on the attack”

  1. It is indeed sad to see how many theologians today have fallen pray of unsound philosophies and bad theology.

    I blame this partially on the horrible decision to ignore Thomism and Thomas Aquinas in the education of priests and theologians since Vatican II.

    Luckily John Paul II in ‘Fides et Ration’ revived Thomas and today many have found new interest in Thomism.

    Take for example Kung or Schillebeeckx, who literally sustain theories and teachings that fare against the very core of the Church teachings (eg the Eucharist or the Resurrection of Jesus).

    Indeed many theologians today have been put under the ‘pussygfing ray’ during their education and desire a Church that is not a church at all , confusing tolerance with justice and weakness with charity.

    The worst thing is that this problem extends to the clergy… and finally to the faithful…

    S. Thomas Aquinas ora pro nobis!

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