Saturday, February 1, 2003

"We live in the age of what Karl Rahner (in his earlier, more orthodox days) called "cryptogamous heresy" heresy which cannot readily be pin-pointed or "nailed down" with precision, because it consists chiefly of underlying emotional attitudes rather than clearly intelligible propositions. As Rahner said, it "often consists simply in an attitude of mistrust and resentment towards the Church's Magisterium, in a widespread feeling of being suspiciously and narrow-mindedly supervised."
In short, it is the heresy of hating "heresy-hunts" more than heresy itself. How very different is that pure and timeless Catholic spirit displayed by Cardinal Newman in his great Apologia: 'From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery.'"

-- Brian W. Harrison.
"Hunting the Heresy-Hunters"
Living Tradition, No. 4. Nov. 1987.

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