There is a fine bishop in England, in Shrewsbury (across the river from Liverpool). His Excellency Most Rev. Mark Davies recently addressed the Faith Movement during their conference. ZENIT has more.
Young Catholics Urged to Engage in Spiritual Warfare
Bishop Stresses Need to “Stand Our Ground” in a Europe in Danger of Losing Christian Foundations
Young Catholics should stand their ground “armed with spiritual weapons” ready to challenge the destructive ideologies of the 21st century, a bishop has told a summer gathering.
Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, said Europe was in danger of losing its Christian foundation and that our times do not allow any Christian to be “mediocre”.
The bishop was addressing more than 200 people at the Faith movement’s 42nd annual Summer Session held last Aug. 11-15 at Woldingham School, Surrey. [Faith is excellent. My friend Fr. Tim Finigan is involved, which is as fine a mark of distinction as any group would hope to have. They have an excellent publication. Do check them out HERE]
He said: “In the seeming quiet of British society in the early 21st century, we are urged again, in the Apostle Paul’s words, to stand our ground armed with spiritual weapons.
Read the rest there.
I agree wholeheartedly with Bishop Davies. We are in a state of war. We always have been, of course. For the entirety of human history all of us are constantly struggling with the world, the flesh and Devil.
These days, however, the war is heating up. Do you not feel this as well?
I think that, for us in the Latin Church, among the more important spiritual weapons we must buckle on are frequent confession and celebration of the sacraments and office especially in the older, traditional form of the Roman Rite.
My position is that Benedict XVI, seeing what was happening, had a kind of “Marshall Plan” in mind. During his work as a theologian and then as Roman Pontiff, we had a three-pronged plan. He saw that we urgently need to shore up biblical exegesis (see his intro to the first volume of his Jesus of Nazareth USA HERE UK HERE), find a proper interpretive lens, or hermeneutic, for Vatican II (see his 2005 Address to the Roman Curia), and, most importantly, revitalize our sacred worship (see Summorum Pontificum). As the Marshall Plan rebuilt post-war Europe as a bulwark against Communism, Benedict’s plan is a defense against the “dictatorship of relativism”.
Furthermore, he called for a New Evangelization (and his three projects support that effort). However, no initiative undertaken in support of a New Evangelization (recovery of our Christian Catholic identity in places where it has been snuffed out) can be successful without a liturgical renewal. This must be done with the use also of the traditional Roman liturgy, which both provides a corrective for the Novus Ordo and provides in an of itself great spiritual benefit. Ratzinger correctly say that the crisis of identity in the Church is a crisis of our liturgical worship.
So, I applaud Bp. Davies in his call for spiritual warriors.
I add my voice to the call.