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A new form of heresy!

06 Feb 2017, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Doctrines

One can define 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. In my opinion, this defense can become a little bit complicated when the heresies become very compatible with the time and pretend 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 Church’s doctrines. The modern heresy sneaks in, and without an 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 spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, one cannot deny the liberality that has come with modernism. The radical influence of modernism is gradually being 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 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 center stage.

Our Catholic faith must be defended and handed on.

  • spirit Reply

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