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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Fr. Aidan Nichols, Quas Primas, the Social Kingship of Christ, etc.

"[P]ublicly recognising divine revelation is an entailment of the Kingship of Christ on which, despite its difficulties in a post-Enlightenment society, we must not renege."  Thus writes Fr. Aidan Nichols, OP.  I agree with Fr. Nichols's judgment, of course, but I have to wonder whether any other contributor to this blog also agrees.  Enthusiasts of the First Amendment's agnosticism will have a hard time on this one.   

The context of Fr. Nichols's statement is here, an exchange titled "Did Vatican II Usher In Our Secular Age?"  It's worth a very careful read.  I admire the authors' efforts to liberate Dignitatis Humanae from the Murray-inspired misreading that dominates the scene and attempts to distort doctrine.  

Christ's Kingship isn't *just* "in the end" (Cf. here): it is NOW.  "[W]e must not renege," as Fr. Nichols reminds us.  I agree with Rick Garnett (here), the culture wars must continue.  Charity and justice require that the Church be militant -- charitably and justly -- to adjust the culture and shape its direction for the common good, including public recognition and worship of Christ.  

Fr. Nichols's interlocutor, Moyra Doorly, has some trenchant things to say about the regnant hatred of the Church.  Christophobia is the diagnosis that comes to mind.



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