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By Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek, The Catholic Thing, Dec. 14, 2022

Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek, STD has been a priest of the Diocese of Austin since 1985 and is currently pastor of Assumption parish in the city of West. His studies were in Dogmatics with a focus on Ecclesiology, Apostolic Ministry, Newman, and Ecumenism. …

Note: Tune in to “The World Over” on EWTN tomorrow night at 8PM Eastern when the Papal Posse (host Raymond Arroyo and TCT’s Robert Royal and Fr. Gerald Murray) will once again meet to discuss the latest news in the Church, including the reinstatement of Chicago’s Fr. Michael Pfleger following abuse allegations and the similar charges against Jesuit artist Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik. Consult your local listings for broadcast times. (Segments are also usually available for viewing, shortly after their first appearance, on EWTN’s YouTube channel.)

Since the 1960s, progressive Catholics have promoted a new morality to replace older, normative approaches that they believe foster guilt and exclusion. Prominent cardinals and bishops have embraced this “New Paradigm” and are using the international synodal process to spread it throughout the Church.  They insist the change is required by “science” and a better understanding of both the human condition and Jesus. In reality, it’s based on misrepresentations that can’t lead to the abundant life Christ offers us.

The Progressives misrepresent science’s purpose and scope. The physical and human sciences focus solely on the empirically discernable operations and interactions of the cosmos and human beings. Consequently, they don’t (and can’t) examine the relation of our spatial-temporal and sociological existence to any transcendent origin, meaning, or goal. …