Did you know that the second reading at Mass this Tuesday morning was "Rubbish! Totally untrue"when it clearly states "That night the angel of the Lord went forth and struck down one hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp." This was the assertion of Father "Mike"Champlin  O.P. in the introduction to his Homily at the 9.00 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Church this morning . Why, he asserted , there weren't even that many Assyrians in total and........"

"It must be true, Father said....." But wait, did the false spirit of the Council not reflect upon the actual words of the Council in its document "Dei Verbum"? What did "Dei Verbum(The Word of God") have to say about the  Sacred Scripture? Father didn't say - in fact he didn't mention the Council Document. No it was just "Rubbish!"

The Gospel did not fare much better . Father said "Jesus began to see that he would need....." Here we see the attempt to emphasise the Humanity of Christ in an absolute manner at the expense of His Divinity. This is of course one of the diseases which has infected biblical exegesis for decades and is "gospel "to the false spirit of the Council and its devotees and has been deftly identified from the beginning and refuted by Cardinal Ratzinger and others decades ago.

In like manner the good Sister in her "Reflections"/Mock-homily) last Sunday "revealed"that the Gospels were not written by the Sacred Authors - no, no, they were assembled by members of the communities Matthew, Mark, Luke and John  taught and issued in their names. Once again, we see the false spirit of the Council effort to undermine the authenticity of Sacred Scripture . If the Gospels are not the work of the identified authors, but merely compilations of anecdotes then maybe... well, you know....maybe they wrote what suited their needs at the time. In other words a collection of convenient inventions. 

Listen carefully to your homilists, do you recall phrases like "Here, Matthew has Jesus say.....". The implication is, that this is an invention. And this type of thing is all too common. But what does the Catholic Church say : what does the Second Vatican Council say : "Dei Verbum"again :

at # 11 ".......For holy mother Church, relying on the belief of the Apostles( see John 20: 31; 2 Tim. 3: 16; 2 Peter1 : 19-20, 3 : 15-16), holds that the books of the Old and New Testament, in their entirety, with all their parts, are sacred and canonical because written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God as their author and have been handed on as such to the Church herself. ...."

There is much more in Dei Verbum that conditions how Sacred Scripture is to be understood and we recommend that as many of our readers as possible read, and over time re-read, the document which is not overly long and is relatively easy reading. But there is nothing in the Council's Document that justifies the cry of "Rubbish!"from a spirit of the Council homilist's lips. 

Such errors make for terrible distractions for those assisting at Mass. And a massive disincentive to hang around afterward for the morning Session of the vaunted Parish Mission /Renewal and more of the  same.


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