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The Heresy of Optimism

Lyle J. Arnold, Jr.

The metaphysical confusion and outright anarchy in the progressivist New Church can be traced to its spirit of sanguine optimism. Heretics, schismatics and even atheists are considered friends, not enemies. Everyone with a touch of good will can be saved - all the conciliar Popes have succumbed to the heresy of universal salvation.

The clergy no longer need to preach on the Catholic tenets of Hell, the mortal sin of using artificial birth control, no salvation outside the Church, mandatory attendance at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. The list is long, and this snapshot of progressivist metaphysical disorders does not pretend to be comprehensive.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Kennedy Townsend tells students that same-sex marriage is fine
The progressivist soul is an optimistic and tolerant soul. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (the eldest daughter of Robert Kennedy, who professes to be Catholic) is representative of so many post-Vatican II Catholics of her generation. She recently spoke to the students at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.

When asked about her opinion on same-sex marriage, she said, "I think that if you're in love you should get married. I think that is what Christ preached — love. So, hallelujah for the lucky people in California that got the chance to be married." (1)

Sodomy is condemned in both the Old and New Testaments, and is a sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance. Kathleen obviously has adopted progressivist double-think to allow her to accept sodomy, which in fact is antithetical to Catholicism. Saying that Our Lord would approve same-sex marriage in the name of love is not only heresy; it is the worst kind of putrid blasphemy. It is a blatant contradiction of what the Church teaches. But this is the preaching being taught today by progressivist clergy and religious.

Such progressivist heretics have sold their souls to double-think. They have the spirit of a hollow optimism that refuses to look at anything negative, and consequently have divorced themselves from the Church Militant. Militancy is endemically consonant with Catholicism. It was said of St. Thomas Aquinas, "This great lover of Our Lord and Our Lady fearlessly fought their enemies, both within the Church and without." (2)

The very spirit of Progressivism is optimistic and tolerant. Such was the spirit insinuated into the Council at the very beginning by John XXIII. As if by divine inspiration, he judged that "the Spouse of Christ" has decreed that the Church in this period has done away with condemning error, and "wishes to show herself as the loving mother of all .(fomenting) the fraternal union of all." (3)

Smiling John XXIII

A smiling John XXIII forbade the Council to condemn Communism
Then, to appease the “orthodox” observers from Russia, John XXIII determined to overlook the most dangerous evil of the day threatening the faithful world over, Communism. This utopian notion of not condemning error presupposes a mentality that pretends an innate goodness in everyone. This optimism that has guided the progressivist movement at least during the last half-century finds its fullness in the spirit of toleration. Hence, the spirit of Vatican II "would be characterized by tolerance toward the world and the false religions and opposition to Catholic militancy." (4)

On the subject of militancy, Christ said, "I know thy works: that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would that thou were cold or hot: But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth" (Apoc. III:15-16). By cold, Our Lord is referring to wicked people who hate Him; by hot He is addressing those who zealously labor in His service.

By lukewarm, He means that group characterized by optimism and tolerance – those are insensible of the dangers to which they expose themselves. Their carelessness becomes habitual, and they live and die with a heart divided betwixt God and the world. Tepidity in a Christian life and in the service of God is oftentimes more dangerous than absolute wickedness, since the declared opponent to Christ is more easily made sensible of his danger. (5)

Behold the plight of progressivist souls: They call themselves Catholic. They pray, go to Mass regularly, act as Eucharistic Ministers, and attend Bible classes taught by the local parish priest. Yet they fear not God. They fight not. Their faces portray their optimism in relation to everything and lack of zeal for the glory of God.

In his book Revolution and Counter-Revolution, Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira describes how the banal spirit of optimists has permitted the Revolution to advance in the name of common sense. Because of their complacent mental habits, they do not want to fight against revolutionary novelties that go against their convictions. Because of their optimism, they never imagine the final consequences that the first acceptance of evil will bring. He concludes with these lucid words:

“If one day the Third or Fourth Revolution [Communism or Tribalism], aided by ecumenical Progressivism in the spiritual realm, takes over the temporal life of humanity, it will be due more to the carelessness and collaboration of the smiling optimistic prophets of common sense than to all the fury of the revolutionary hosts and their propaganda.” (6).

The cause and the curse of Progressivism, with its optimism and lukewarm spirit, is doubtlessly one of the most potent movers of the spirit of Vatican II and the tragic revolutionary crisis in the Church.
1. "RFK's daughter shows she's still outspoken," Contra Costa Times, February 28, 2010, A3.
2. http://catholicism.org/thomas-aquinas.html.
3. Opening Speech by John XXIII at Vatican Council II, October 11, 1962.
4. Atila Sinke Guimaraes, In the Murky Water of Vatican II, p. 39.
5. Footnote to Apoc. III:15, in the Douay-Rheims Bible.
6. Plinio Correa de Oliveira, Revolution and Counter-Revolution, Chapter III, D, The Opposition of the Banal
Posted March 19, 2009

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