Fr. Andrew Burnham of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham will has Lenten Reflections in the print edition of the Catholic Herald, the UK’s best Catholic weekly.
His column this week is entitled “The secular gospel is our true enemy”.
Here are a couple passages. He takes an interesting cue from texts of motets by great composers of the difficult 15th-16th centuries, Byrd, Tallis:
“The battle between the old religion and the new one is one that constantly reinvents itself. Its modern version is not Catholic versus Protestant. Christians – Catholic and Protestant – are mowadays on the same side of the battlefield. Our common enemy is the secular gospel that puts man at the centre of the universe, wealth as our main objective, and fulfilment as the central aim of our lives.”
“We may take the view – Blessed John Henry Newman certainly did – that Christian life lived outside the Catholic Church will always be overwhelmed by the priorities and values of liberal society. According to this view, the churches will eventually go along with whatever the world wants.
“The Catholic Church, thought Newman, was the only force powerful enough to take on and confront emerging secular society. But Christians of all sorts remain allies in the struggle nonetheless.”
I made this same argument when Pope Benedict was in England.
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