A new form of heresy!

One can define a heresy as a belief or a contrary opinion to the generally accepted truth or doctrines of the Church, and heresy is not new to the Catholic Church. History has it that many heretical groups challenged the Catholic faith, but the Church continues to thrive. Heresy has never pulled down the Church but rather challenged the Church to be firm in her faith and proudly proclaim what she believes in.

We are used to heretics, groups or individuals come up with their theological or philosophical arguments against the doctrines of the Catholic Church, and the Church responded adequately in defense of her faith. This defense in my opinion can become a little bit complicated when the heresies becomes very compatible with the time and pretends to be ‘friendly’ with the Church. It becomes complicated when no one can be pointed to as the author of such heresy. That is what I see today, a new form of heresy gradually trying to eat into the Church without an organized protest against the doctrines of the Church. The modern heresy sneaks in, and without author it is gradually eating into the heart of so many people. That heresy is modernism.

I am not against innovations, in fact scientific advancement and other discoveries have helped the world in no small measure, even in the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, one cannot deny the liberality that has come with modernism. The radical influence of modernism is gradually been felt in Christianity, especially in the Catholic Church that is highly traditional. Though I am not afraid because, I am sure the Church will not bow to modernism, our attention however must be drawn to this threat. We must not water down the rich heritage of the Catholic Church in the name of living in the twenty-first century, the faith of our fathers must not be sacrificed on the altar of modernism. This is not a call to backwardness, no, not at all. The Church must be up-to date to lead her children along the right part in a world where modernism is taking the center stage.

Our Catholic faith must be defended and handed on.

Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA

Joel Okojie is an ordained Catholic Priest in the Order of St. Augustine. He has been a Priest for over a decade. He served as pastor in two different parishes, he was one time Novice Master and a member of the Provincial Council of the province of St. Augustine of Nigeria, and he is currently on a mission in response to the needs of the Church in Canada.

1 Comment on “A new form of heresy!

  1. Well said, our solemn celebration differentiate us and to remain Roman Catholic those values and solemnity should not be compromised under whichever guise. Weldone padre.

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