Ever wonder why so many of those couples who have "hooked up" before getting married either break up before getting married or end up getting divorced?
The physical union cannot survive without the human and spiritual union of two minds and two hearts united in God from the beginning of Creation. Emphasizing the former and neglecting the latter draws attention to what ails marriage and family today.
- How and why did we go wrong?
- What conversion is needed?
In today’s post, Dr. Cernea answers those questions and The Motley Monk once again comments upon her answers.
Dr. Cernea said to those assembled:
We, as Catholic doctors, defending life and family, can see this is, first of all, a spiritual battle.
Material poverty and consumerism are not the primary cause of the family crisis.
The primary cause of the sexual and cultural revolution is ideological. Our Lady of Fatima has said that Russia’s errors would spread all over the world.
It was first done under a violent form, classical Marxism, by killing tens of millions.
Now it’s being done mostly by cultural Marxism. There is continuity from Lenin’s sex revolution, through Gramsci and the Frankfurt school, to the current-day gay-rights and gender ideology.
Classical Marxism pretended to redesign society, through violent take-over of property.
Now the revolution goes deeper; it pretends to redefine family, sex identity and human nature.
This ideology calls itself progressive. But it is nothing else than the ancient serpent’s offer, for man to take control, to replace God, to arrange salvation here, in this world.
It’s an error of religious nature, it’s Gnosticism. (italics added)
As Dr. Cernea understands the past century, the social currents and trends associated with classical and cultural Marxism—both of which subjugate the individual to the collective—has redefined and perpetrated violence upon both human life and family. What’s important is how all of this has been promoted—through the “water” of public schools, the media, and popular culture—to the point that all of this now feels very normal. All of this was done in the name of an ideology whose origins are human not divine.
However, the willingness to tolearte this ideology to proliferate in culture has generated crises that, for Dr. Cernea, are primarily spiritual—having to do with the soul—and are evidencing themselves in culture’s rampant secularism and materialism where people are seeking happiness in the passing things of this world rather than in the eternal Truth as revealed by Scripture and Tradition.
Referring to the original temptation—to replace God by thinking that one can become a god and to accord primacy to happiness in this world rather than the Kingdom of God—Dr. Cernea reminded the Synod’s participants and us as well—of another, more important temptation that is oftentimes overlooked, even by religious leaders who have themselves been co-opted by those contemporary social currents and trends that are of human rather than divine origin. Namely, to view crises—like those of human life, marriage, and family—through a secular and political lens—as Marx did—rather than through a religious lens—as the Church must.
This temptation is nothing new in Christian history, of course. As Dr. Cernea notes, it’s known as “Gnosticism,” the second-century heretical belief that a lesser divinity, the Demiurge, created and rules the world. Furthermore, Jesus Christ—an emissary of the Demiurge—himself learned, was transformed by, and taught his disciples the esoteric, divine knowledge (gnōsis) that is superior to and independent of faith. Embracing this knowledge by shunning the material world for the spiritual world is what divinizes and redeems soul.
Why is this neo-Gnosticism important?
Like the water running through the gills of fish, the “fruits” of neo-Gnosticism feel normal to many if not most Christians today. What’s taken to be “normal”—a “hook up culture,” abortion, divorce, multiple genders (50+ according to Google), family defined as individuals define the term, euthanasia, etc.—isn’t normal, except for those who have effectively made gods of themselves and believe their knowledge is dogma of a nature that is superior to and independent of Scripture and Tradition. In fact, the neo-Gnostics seek to use this knowledge to rewrite Scripture and Tradition and seek to use the Synod to do just that.
And it all seems so normal…but it’s not.
What’s this mean for Pope Francis and the prelates assembled at the Synod on the Family?
Dr. Cernea's response in Part 3.
Let the discussion begin…