Capital Punishment – A Study in the Development of Doctrine, Part I

Capital Punishment – A Study in the Development of Doctrine, Part I April 24, 2017

Over at Catholic Weekly:

A reading from an ancient manuscript found in Jerusalem authored by Micha-el ben Mattityahu:

We’re all familiar with the story by now. A weak pope with a long history of dubious opinions and reckless public statements has fallen under the sway of a liberal cleric with radical ideas and is overturning two thousand years of Tradition after a disastrous modernist “council” (see Acts 15). It involves appointments to high Church offices under questionable circumstances, internal divisions, confusion, and infighting at just the moment the Church needs a unifying pope. It also involves contradictory actions from that pope that sow confusion among the faithful, and a devoted band of traditional and orthodox figures fighting a losing battle against a tide of modernism. It reaches its tragic denouement with a brief moment of optimism that a strong, orthodox figure had finally emerged in the papacy – and then a shattering of all hope as the magisterial tide turned decisively toward novelty and modernism, necessitating schism away from a false “church” and a radically compromised “Magisterium” and back to Traditional purity.

I speak, of course, of the recent circumcision controversy that has destroyed the once-promising Church founded by Jesus and has necessitated that we faithful take radical steps to save her from a leadership gone terribly wrong.

The problem is this in a nutshell: Peter, a pope so weak he was known by the whole Church to have three times denied Christ (who once called him “Satan”), has departed from two thousand years of Tradition to suddenly declare that circumcision and keeping kosher are not necessary for those who wish to join themselves to the Covenant People.

We are talking twomillennia of established Tradition suddenly swept away by a pope and a “council” that – in a bid for trendy popularity with Gentile “converts” who want to remake things in their own image – have expressed unwillingness to undergo a little hardship for the sake of Jesus.

See the rest here…

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