Richard McBrien, priest, the man who epitomized to me the “Spirit of Vatican II”, its spirit of dissent, heresy, foolishness and effrontery has passed on, God only knows where, although I have a guess. I saw the news this morning via a link on Spirit Daily to the National Catholic Reporter, affectionately known to Real Catholics as the Distorter, and as Father Z phrases it, the Fishwrap, which is really what it is, if you were to try to read it for authentic Catholicism. That is the only place where I have seen this so-called lion of the “loyal” opposition’s passing even mentioned. I find that fitting actually because he fancied himself as something else during his twisted life, and the Distorter is one of the few remaining places where he is still held in any regard. I had to laugh as I read the article because all the current crop of McBrienites are quoted.
Reluctantly, today at Mass, I offered a brief prayer for him, as I am taught to pray even for those I consider my enemy. So I did, armed with the knowledge that my prayer won’t go to waste should his soul be damned to Hell, and that God will apply my prayer to another soul.
For those of you who don’t know this man, it is good for you that you don’t. He spent the last nearly 50 years claiming the mantle of Catholic, but was anything and everything but Catholic. He sought to undermine the magisterium in advocating for artificial birth control, women priestesses, the derogation of the office of the papacy, was never seen by me to wear a priestly collar, and advocated and pushed every kooky notion dressed up as theology that came down the pike since the “spirit of Vatican II” was unleashed on the Faithful. He wrote tomes designed to cast doubt on the truthfulness of the Faith which were actually assigned reading in seminaries in the ’70s and ’80s, not to mention pushed on his unwitting students at that formerly great university, Notre Dame; he is one of the main reasons it is now a formerly great university. Bishops finally couldn’t continue to ignore his diabolical designs and effects, and his books were eventually forbidden where they could forbid them. At one point, his articles were published in dioceses around the country, but these days only a couple dare to openly support his crappola, and that says all a Real Catholic would need to know about those prelates and their churches, sadly.
McBrien is the epitome of the cowardly, dishonest man who claims to be Catholic, who was fed and clothed and sheltered by the Church, who took every advantage he could for himself aided by the Church, who didn’t have the decency or guts or honesty to remove himself from the institution he loathed and sought to destroy. Say what we will about Martin Luther and other ordained priests of the reformation period, but at least they were honest enough to themselves and the Church to leave because of their beliefs. Not McBrien and those of his ilk who somehow still “believe” and profess to be “Catholic” even though what they stand for, advocate, assert and demonstrate is far from real Catholicism. My fight is not with the protestants here; I admire their honesty and their lives lived according to their convictions. That was not McBrien, and not the many others who wear the collar or the miter and seek only to destroy the Church, all while claiming that they love Her, and who aid and abet all the other scoundrels like them, all while suckling and being nourished at the Church’s teat.
McBrien was prominent when I was younger, in the days when I had left the practice of the Faith and believed I had lost the Faith. Yet, when I read about his “position” on some aspect of the Faith, I scoffed at him. His deception was always blatantly obvious to those who cared to see. Yet, for decades, this man was never rebuked, was tolerated and supported by wide swaths of those ordained and charged with protecting the Faithful, who also held his views and sought to undermine the very Church that fed and clothed and sheltered them. Those bishops and priests are responsible for the dismal state of the Church around the world today, and McBrien was one of them.
So, seek out the news link, read about the details of this pathetic dishonest so-called priest if you wish. I don’t doubt the so-called “progressives”, also known as, in reality, heretics, will be lauding his profound “contributions” to the Church in coming days, trying to convince me and you, and themselves, that he was somehow “heroic” in his defiance and espousal of blatant heresy. I won’t be reading about him anymore. And, should I come across one of his tomes, I will cast it into the trash where it should have been tossed in the first place.
I may end up in Hell for my sins. But I will not end up there because I purposely distorted the Magisterium or denied aspects of the Faith, or sought to have others go down a false road because “I believed” I knew better than the Church. I do not want to have that conversation with Jesus.
“Yes, Jesus, I know what you said, but it was the spirit of Vatican II that controlled, wasn’t it?”
Richard McBrien, distorter of the Faith, rest in peace . . .