Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran: NovusOrdoism Explained
“all religions are equal.”
This suggests that the heretical ideas presented by "Ecumenism" Cardinals are not simply their own thoughts but reflect the policies of the Roman Pontiff, Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI. Of course, no man speaking through a bureaucracy can expect to be accurately represented one hundred percent of the time. But when his official representatives speak obvious heresy, the burden would seem to be on the Holy Father to repudiate them in a timely manner. This “supreme, full, and immediate power in the universal Church” is what Catholics refer to as the “ordinary magisterium,” the infallible teaching authority of the Church, allegedly consistent in all times and places by the teaching authorities of the Church, and in this case by its highest authority. On the part of the Pope, to allow the curial Cardinals to teach heresy without correction is tantamount to abandoning the magisterial authority of the Church, and his own authority as Roman Pontiff. Papal silence in such matters is not “confirming the brethren in the faith,” but leading them to error.
For those who take the time to read the Terrasanta interview, it will be possible to interpret Cardinal Tauran's remark—“I'm going to India next month and I want to give this message that all religions are equal”—in the sense that the Vatican is interested in doing its ecumenical dialogue with all religions, and not one (Islam) in particular. But that is not as clear as one might expect from the supreme universal teaching authority of the Catholic Church. It is also possible that the Cardinal actually meant that “all religions are equal” in plain sense of those words. And of course, if “all religions are equal” then the “supreme universal teaching authority of the Catholic Church” is worth no more than the opinion of the next man you meet on the street. The Cardinal's remark that there are not "first class religions and second class religions” seems to confirm this latter interpretation. In any event, that seems to be the way it is being reported, again urging a repudiation by the Pope.
It does not help that Cardinal Tauran volunteered the notion that “there are so many things we have in common with other believers, for example that we all believe in one God, that we profess the same sacredness of life, the necessity of fraternity, the experience of prayer.” Perhaps this is not a case of magisterial misleading so much as it is old fashioned incompetence. Since Vatican II we would all like to believe that the Princes of the Church are incompetent rather than evil, but this is embarrassing in either case.
Does he really think that all “believers” believe in one God? He will be rudely awakened when he reaches India!
Does he really believe that all “believers” believe in the sacredness of life? Certainly not here in the West!
Does the “necessity of fraternity” also require liberté and égalité?
Is this chief ecumenist unaware that many of the “other great Asiatic religious traditions” have no God at all with Whom to have "the experience of prayer”?
The Vatican has become a “big tent.” Perhaps, just as it wants to be a home for make-believe “traditionalists,” it can be a home for those of any, every, or no belief. Many have examined Catholicism and found it too difficult, with its fasting, abstinence, sexual taboos, and ideas of sin and damnation—even its Novus Ordo iteration can be too restrictive for some of the children of the 60s. But the New Catholicism seems to be saying “go find a religion with which you are comfortable, and then come back here, and we will let you call yourself a Catholic.” Make no mistake about it, comfortable religions are out there—religions that don't expect you to believe anything; religions that don't expect you to do or refrain from doing anything—for those who find even the Novus Ordo too restrictive, we now have it on the authority of the Roman Curia that “all religions are equal.” Perhaps you will want to go out and find one with its temple prostitutes and sacred weed—then you can come back and “dialogue” with Jean-Louis Tauran of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, a cardinal of the Roman Curia. Or, if you don't have time to do the leg work yourself, maybe you just want to spend a few years at the seminary.
On the scale of 1 to 10 for curial Cardinals making asses of themselves, this is only a 7 or an 8. The “gold standard,” a 10+ is held by Walter Cardinal Kasper explaining Apostolic Succession to the Anglicans—“a sign of co-optation in a collegium.”
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