By Jean Borella
Jean Borella explores the modernist challenge in Catholic theology, its explanations and implications, and gives an answer to the basic predicament of the Western Christian mind.For 3 centuries, philosophers and theologians attempted to maintain God's transcendence by means of denying continuity among the average and the supernatural. This lengthy department allowed an illusory autonomy and a bent in the direction of totalitarian humanism. The writings of Henri de Lubac, relating historic and japanese resources, have been instrumental in dispelling this illusion.In this extraordinary booklet, Jean Borella lays the principles for a theology of tradition within the culture of Newman and de Lubac, and remembers us to the journey of the Christian vocation to holiness, re-opening 'the position in us the place God awaits our ready on him'
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Striving to transform the celebrations of the Eucharist into the congre gation’s celebration of itself; on the other is the faithful (what is left of them! ), generally submissive and obedient, who continue for better or worse to practise their religion, and who quite simply do not succeed in coming to any clear awareness of the frequently Modernist character of the doctrine taught or the liturgies imposed. This is an unexpected state of affairs for postConciliar revolutionaries. But, for twenty years, another factor has intervened in the process I am describing; something that neither the strategy of the reformers nor that of the traditionalists had foreseen: the arrival in the chair of St Peter of an exceptional pope, who is undertaking, with a steadfast obstinacy and without denying the Second Vatican Council, the mending of Christian unity through a return to the unity of faith, which he has called a ‘new evangelisation’ .
Further, if it were not for this natural capacity for the supernatural, it would be impossible to account for the fact that everywhere on earth we find the presence of religion, which is to say the affirmation of an invisible reality and the accom plishing of acts which make it possible to enter into contact with it. True, this capacity is actualised and given form only through revelation, which implies that by itself this capacity is unable to gain access to the supernatural (just as the eye on its own is unable to produce light), and may atrophy and 34 In v en t o r y of a D ea d Fa ith disappear if not exercised by the light of faith.
N ot only - the world being ‘modern’ did the Modernists continue to be violently driven toward the destruction of tradition, but also the face of truth pre sented by its defenders turned them invincibly away from it, given their untenable scorn for metaphysics and speculative orthodoxy. This was not the result anticipated by ‘funda mentalist Catholics’ , but this was nevertheless the outcome. These Catholics believed overmuch that they were the proprietors of the truth and that truth was to be identified with its formulation (which does not mean that the traditional formulations should be changed, but only that in every formulation there is something of the inexpressible, by which it escapes every human attempt at appropriation).
The sense of the supernatural by Jean Borella