Saturday, July 25, 2009

'Truth' Synthesized Dialogically

In SSPX Fr. Scott's commentary on Pope Benedict's recent misnamed encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, inter alia, he offers the following insight:

Here is the Pope’s definition of truth, playing on the Greek expression for the Word (of God): “Truth, in fact, is lógos which creates diá-logos, and hence communication and communion.” Truth requires communication with others’ truth. The very next sentence explains what he means by communication, namely if a person is not willing to let go of his personal opinions, he cannot have the truth: “Truth, by enabling men and women to let go of their subjective opinions and impressions, allows them to move beyond cultural and historical limitations and to come together in the assessment of the value and substance of things” (§4). Without such a sharing with others there is no truth, for man is isolated in his “subjective opinions.” (Fr. Scott, "HUMANIST MANIFESTO: A commentary on the encyclical Caritas in veritate")

I have suggested in the past that those who seek to know the origin of Benedict's (and many other bishops', particularly Cardinal Kasper) foreign concept of "dialogue" must look to the writings of hasidic philosopher Martin Buber (and the Bal Shem Tov and other kabbalists Buber's thinking was derived from), who Benedict and Kasper have both plainly said is a major influence.


Benedict XVI: Dialogue With the People of the Talmud a "Sacred Duty"

Walter Kasper's Mentor: Hassidic Philosopher, Martin Buber

The Dialogical Path Towards Disaster

The Gospel tells us Jesus taught as one having authority. The Truths of Jesus' teachings weren't arrived at through 'dialogue' with Pharisees as a means of "moving beyond cultural and historical limitations." Neither do we see such an example in the Apostles or the Church fathers. Benedict is preaching an anti-Gospel. He's claiming a "sacred" mandate to get us seated at the table with the lawyers so that they can defraud us with their word magic. There is no example for "sacred dialogue" in the Church canon. Beware these hasidic teachings of Benedict XVI. They lead to ruin.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You could also quote this letter from Kasper to JPII.

Jews and Christians are bound to one another because of their respective identity and should pursue that culture of dialogue that Martin Buber envisaged. It is our task to pass on to the new generations the treasures and values we have in common, so that never again will man despise his own brother in humanity and never again will conflicts or wars be unleashed in the name of an ideology that despises a culture or religion. On the contrary, the different religious traditions are called together to put their patrimony at the service of all, in the hope of building the common European home together, united in justice, peace, equity and solidarity. Then will begin to be realized the word of God announced by the prophet (cf. Is 11,6-9). Youth need our witness and our joint commitment if they are to believe, to sanctify God's name by their lives and to hope in a future for the world that will be rich in promise. In this way, they will be determined to affirm the ties of brotherhood to establish a renewed humanity.