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Thursday, August 27, 2009


Blake Konczal

It would interesting to know what the "monstre sacré", Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, OP, thought of De Lubac's "rehabilitation?"


De Lubac is praised by JPII and Ratzinger, I know. Nonetheless, his deer in headlights reaction to criticism from Garrigou-Lagarange and Vatican Two liberals really does diminsh his legacy. He was brilliant--and in some ways it appears naive. This little book, which I eagerly ordered, is not especially helpful in its review of his legacy. Was he a universalist? How did he regard the authority of Scripture? What of liturgical reform? Etc etc. All pressing questions today. All ignored here, since the author shares the same apparent unawares that contaminate so much of Vatican II. I cannot wait until we are freed from the Vatican II hagiographies of the pew-warmers. As for his friendship with JPII, the ambiguites they shared have fueled the Christopher West sort of stuff we now suffer. I believe Scott Hahn, is his contribution to the George Kelly tribute, said something like, "Sure, the Resourcement guys were great! And yet... and yet..." Exactly! If we ignore the exact point where the war wages, we have fumbled. I think it is evident that DeLubac fumbled a bit. Ditto HvB. Only when the Conservative Catholic zeitgiest gets past this point will it be able to embrace thevery self-evident truths of the Traditionalist movement. In the meantime, let's all keep our anti-Semite radars on full blast. HEaven knows THAT is the big deal in our culture.

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