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Catholic visionary? (letter)

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 Contents - Jul 2003AD2000 July 2003 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The pivotal roles of Saints Peter and Paul - Michael Gilchrist
Archbishop Hart defends woman in euthanasia case - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Books: AD2000 to distribute Ignatius Press titles in Australia from July - Peter Westmore
Homily: Bicentenary Mass celebrated in Sydney - Archbishop George Pell
Events: Seeking the face of Christ through the arts: Carnivale Christi goes national - Nicholas Rynne
Orthodox Anglicans close ranks to preserve faith - Nigel Zimmermann
Catholic Literature: Hilaire Belloc's 50th anniversary: is he 'yesterday's man'? - Br Christian Moe FSC
Brisbane Synod ends: Archbishop Bathersby to announce pastoral programs - AD2000 REPORT
The concentration camp prisoner who became a Queensland priest - Warren Losberg
How to start a parish apologetics group - Mavis Power
School sacramental programs: evangelise Catholic families first - Fr John Speekman
TMC: Adelaide Thomas More Centre Autumn School a success - Emma Benz
Letters: Apostolate (letter) - Fr Adrian Head
Letters: Obstacles to confession (letter) - M.G.A. De Wolf
Letters: Catholic heritage (letter) - Sue Russell
Letters: Church design (letter) - Michael Baradinsky
Letters: Lenten program (letter) - Robert Osmak
Letters: Success in WA (letter) - Deidre Lyra
Letters: New Mass (letter) - Peter D. Howard
Letters: Misunderstood (letter) - Elsie Cunningham
Letters: New religion (letter) - Br Jim Ward CFC
Letters: Catholic visionary? (letter) - Richard Congram
Letters: Pell biography feedback (letter) - Mary Lou Corboy
Letters: Catholic books (letter) - F. Carleton
Letters: Research help - Dolores Lightbody
Letters: Conversions (letter) - Margaret Holgate
Books: Marriage And Modernization, by Don Browning - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: The Prenatal Person: Ethics from Conception to Birth - Dr Ted Watt (reviewer)
Books: Europe: The Exceptional Case: Parameters Of Faith In The Modern World - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: Great books at the best prices! - Anthony Cappello
Reflection: The meaning of vocation for baptised Christians - Archbishop Philip Wilson

Unlike Stuart Blackwood (May AD2000), Grahame Fallon (June AD2000) clearly regards the late Fr Teilhard de Chardin as a most worthy, mystical Catholic visionary. The question is whether Mr Fallon's view is tenable or permissible for a Catholic in the light of historical fact. I suggest it is not.

In 1926 Teilhard's Jesuit Superiors forbade him to teach. Between 1927 and 1949 Rome refused him an imprimatur, ordered him out of his post in Paris, banned one of his works and prohibited publication of two more, forbade him to write or teach on philosophical subjects and refused him permission to take a teaching post in the College de France.

In 1955 his Superiors forbade his attendance at the International Congress of Paleontology. In 1957 the Holy Office decreed the removal of all his works from Catholic libraries, banned the sale of his works in Catholic bookshops and their translation into other languages.

In 1962 another decree of the Holy Office, under the authority of Pope John XXIII, warned that "it is obvious that in philosophical and theological matters the said works [Teilhard's] are replete with ambiguities, or rather with serious errors which offend Catholic doctrine. That is why ... the Rev Fathers of the Holy Office urge all Ordinaries, Superiors and Rectors ... to effectively protect, especially the minds of the young, against the dangers of the works of Fr Teilhard de Chardin and his followers." Again, in 1967, the Holy Office confirmed its earlier warning.

Yet in defiance of Popes Pius Xl, Pius XII, John XXIII and Paul VI, Teilhard's disciples have continued promoting his insidious doctrines which were and still are in clear conflict with the magisterium.

Sadly, even today, Teilhard is hailed by some as a latter-day Thomas Aquinas. Of course, he was nothing of the kind. He was a mutineer and, by his own admission, an apostate who deliberately remained within the Church to spread his errors more easily.

Holland Park, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 6 (July 2003), p. 16

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