But lest anyone should mistake this declaration for a sign that Rome is going the same way as Canterbury, Catholic World News has reported an intervention by Peter Seewald, the journalist who interviewed Pope Benedict so fascinatingly in the book 'Light of the World.' If you haven't read it, then it comes highly recommended. I was given it as a Christmas present from my colleague in the parish, Fr Mark - an exchange of gifts, as I gave him Andrew Burnham's 'Heaven & Earth in Little Space' - more essential reading for those embarking on a journey at some point.
Seewald portrays those theologians who dissent publicly from the Magisterium as "chief priests of the Zeitgeist" and, amusingly, the whole episode as “a rebellion in the nursing home,” the point being that despite all the liberal talk about 'the next pope but one' (I wish I had £5 for every time I've heard that one from the usual Anglican sources) who will come into line with secular thinking on the whole raft of issues on the revisionists' wish-list, this is one of the last hurrahs of the 1960s, from those whose interpretation of the 'spirit of Vatican II' differs considerably from the emerging consensus.
This is the report on CatholicCulture.org [Thanks to Thoughts from an Oasis in French Catholicism]
"The journalist whose in-depth interview with Pope Benedict XVI became the book Light of the World has dismissed a public protest by German-speaking theologians as “a rebellion in the nursing home.”Update:
Peter Seewald told the Kath.net news agency that a highly-publicized statement of dissent-- signed by one-third of the theology professors at Catholic universities in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland—should not be interpreted as a popular uprising against Church teaching. Rather, he said, it is a protest by the same people who have caused a crisis in Catholic teaching.
The dissident theologians, Seewald charged, are seeking to remodel the Church in their own image, adapting Catholic teachings to popular standards. Their approach, he said, is to measure Church doctrines by the standards of popular opinion, putting themselves in the role of “chief priests of the Zeitgeist.”
In his acerbic remarks on the theologians’ public statement, Seewald referred to St. Paul’s words (2 Tim 4:3): For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachings to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths."
Here is a link to the theologians' letter: it will seem very familar to those of us who have been suffering for years under the failure of exactly the kind of approach they seek to promote.
Biretta tip to Fr Anthony Chadwick at the English Catholic blog