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Radicati Editorial: ‘Mercyism’ is moralism
Editorial: Radicati nella fede, July 2016
Newsletter of the Catholic community of
Vocogno, Diocese of Novara, Italy
‘mercyism’ which is so much in fashion is nothing other than moralism.
can all see that it’s very much the fashion today to present the Catholic
Church as always forgiving, welcoming and not judging. Those wishing to stay
inside the new course of the modernized Church have to be like that. There are
many priests in the Church who don’t dare make even one condemnation on sin –
unless this condemnation follows the dictates of the dominant secular culture. They then reprogram themselves as the silent
merciful types and so seem to be blessing the most horrendous sins that become
civil liberties under this 'mercyism'.
This 'mercyism' is nothing other than gloomy moralism: That 'Catholic deviation' which makes the Church concerned only about morality, almost completely
neglecting the truths of the faith.
morality is important -- God forbid! But if morality doesn’t start from dogma,
from God Himself, it ends up being
transformed into a gloomy “instructions
a glance, a Church like this, instead of being a sign of God, goes on at length
in very tiresome proclamations a propos society and its rules, trying to please
modern-day man; trying to please those (and there are many). who, while not
being interested in the things of God, need in the immediate future, a 'useful' church to accommodate men and their affairs. A Church like this seems to suit churchmen,
who throw themselves headlong into debates about 'values', hoping to recuperate
the position they have lost in modern, agnostic, atheistic society. Too many Pastors in this way, have
transformed themselves into agents of modern morality and with the inference of
“mercyism” attempt desperately to be liked in their re-found social usefulness.
deception thinking morals more interesting than God! What deception thinking
human morality has some attraction if it’s not related to God!
is a situation which is extremely pitiful and has created an asphyxiating
climate: a church apparently more 'practical' as it is immersed in current
events, which are shown instantly to be repetitive and useless as they have
abandoned man to a solitude without God.
This 'mercyism', inside moralism, is one of the darker ‘fruits’ of Naturalism: The
Church by no longer referring to God, Revelation, the supernatural life and
sanctifying grace, is in fact wavering on
what seems to be an “instructions for use” type of morality.
what must the Church do then? She must
be a sign of God.
must be a sign of God to men, She must be a sign of the miracle of grace that
comes from Christ, the only One, Who can change hearts and make wills strong in
their obedience to all of God’s law. The great pedagogy of Catholic Tradition
and of the Saints throughout 2000 years of Christianity has always taught God
first and then asked for a morality corresponding to His holiness.
the modernized church entirely centred on man cannot do this anymore. It is a
church that has lost its Divine centre and has to fill its terrible emptiness
by wavering on morality. This morality without God, this modern church, will
increasingly be debased because its morality is practicable only through human
has precisely this aim: to give the new, naturalized Christianity a morality
that’s easily reached, i.e. merely human.
saints, on the other hand, by living in God, were a sign of His Holiness, asking
of themselves and everyone else, holiness through God’s own sanctity: this is
Christian morality! Further, they were a sign of the miracle of Grace, the
strength of God Himself, which, when entering [our souls] causes the equally
great miracle of our conversion.
is why we are not interested in this 'mercyism', just as we are not interested
in 'rigourism' as both are false and deceiving: both leave God out and man’s
only need is God.
against moralism in all its forms is essential if we want to see our lives
prosper and continue to remain Catholics.
is why we are more and more concerned about saving the Traditional Catholic
Mass and why we didn’t start [our work] with debates on morality. We did this
because the Old Mass is always a sign of God and the supernatural life,
decisively, which is absent in the botched [liturgical] reform of recent
decades. The Catholic Mass of Ages is
the prime and greatest antidote against the naturalist heresy which has as its
outcome, the moralism heresy.
like to say something to everyone: be it the fanatics of the welcoming church,
which passes the gravity of sin over in silence; be it the neo-rigourist
conservatives, who, rightly frightened by the immoral deviation inside and
outside the Church, engage in a battle that seems to stop only at rules: dear
friends, let’s worry about keeping our eyes fixed on God, let’s worry about the
integrity of the Rite of Mass, then also the moral teaching will be
cannot be under any illusions though, the reverse will never happen, unless the
battle for morality is traced back to God.
If it doesn’t start there, it is destined to get bogged down in the
swamps of moralism which kills man by trapping him in himself.