8 January 2020 | St. Mark the Evangelist
One of the false doctrines of the Modernists that has become the standard now in the Catholic Church is called historical criticism, and which causes my blood pressure to shoot to astronomical heights, with its the division of Christ into the Jesus of Faith and the Jesus of History. Let me explain.
The Modernists, denying the truth regarding the Divine Person of Jesus Christ through their doctrine of historical criticism, divide Our Lord into two persons: the historical man who they call the Jesus of History, and the person who was later preached by the Church, whom they call the Jesus of Faith. Everything that is natural to every man they give to Christ, but anything unnatural to man, such as miracles, they remove from Christ and lay at the feet of the Apostles.
Thus, for the Modernists, the Christ Who miraculously fed the five thousand doesn't actually exist except in the "faith experience" of the Apostles. A modern example of this is when clerics in the Church - including Francis himself - claim that the actual miracle of the Feeding of the Five Thousand wasn't that Christ actually fed the crowd with only a few loaves and fish, but was rather the "gift of sharing". Wherefore, we are led to believe that prior to this event, no man knew how to share with his neighbour!
Another example is the Resurrection. Catholic teaching is quite clear on this subject: the Lord Jesus physically and bodily rose from the dead. For the Modernist, however, Christ did no such thing, since men cannot rise from the dead. Thus, the Resurrection was not actually Christ rising from the dead, but His teachings being published about by the Apostles, and by the conversion of men to the Faith and their living the Gospel that seemed as if Christ had actually rose from the dead.
In short, anything supernatural is stripped from Christ, and all we are left with is the human Christ, without any Divinity. Anything supernatural that is attributed to Him in the Scriptures is a later augmentation of His Ministry by His disciples; essentially the Modernists accuse the Apostles - and the entire Church Herself - of hero-worshipping Christ, by turning a mortal man into a god. Such a doctrine is, in essence, atheism, which is why Pope St. Pius X in his Encyclical Letter on Modernism, Pascendi Dominici Gregis (which I have repeatedly mentioned on this blog, and will continue to do so), warns that Modernism leads to Atheism, because of its denial of the Divinity of Jesus Christ and of all Magisterial Teaching. And do we not see this today with the Great Apostasy upon the Church, when clerics, through their Modernist heresies, become, in essence, atheists!
Contradicting the Modernist doctrine is the true doctrine of the Church, which clearly states that Jesus Christ is a Divine Person, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the Eternal Son of the Eternal Father begotten before all ages and consubstantial with the Father, Who was incarnated into flesh in the womb of the Blessed Mother by the power of the Holy Spirit. This same Jesus Christ is both God and Man, without any decrease in the nature of either. He spoke both as God and as Man. In one part of the Gospels He acts as God by forgiving sins, curing people of their ills, knowing the thoughts of men, whilst in other parts He acts as Man such as praying, weeping, being sorrowful, fearful, astonished, and even claiming to not know the Hour of Judgment (as God He knows the Hour exactly, but as Man - in which sense He was speaking - He knows not).
As true Catholics, we must cling to the true doctrines of Holy Mother Church and reject the Modernist teachings as the doctrines of devils. We can only do so by reading the writings of the Pontiffs and the Saints from the centuries, which is why I endeavour in this Year of Our Lord 2020 to publish as much as I can the writings of the Fathers, Doctors, Pontiffs and Saints of the Church, in order to help educate not only my readers, but also myself in the process.