Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | December 18, 2008

Pelegianism

h/t to Fr. Blake.
my additional comments at the bottom of the entry.

Pelagianism: I hate it, but it is very British. It is really a variant of Arianism which says God did not truly become Man, because Jesus was not truly God.

Pelagianism denies the action of Grace in the world, man is saved by his own goodness and efforts, rather than by God.

It is what we do, rather than what God does that matters, therefore the value of the sacraments is the psychological effect they have in our lives, rather than the direct intervention of God. It denies the power of Grace, of the role of the Blessed Virgin, of miracles, of the power of prayer: Pelagians above all would deny the role of the Holy Spirit, of His act of sanctification. Wherever there is attempt to place man at the heart of the faith, there we should expect to find Pelagianism.

Pelagianism expects Man to be strong rather God’s grace to be powerful. Catholicism, or as we could call it, mainstream Christianity, acknowledges mankind is weak and wholly dependant on those things God gives him.
Signs of the Pelagian:

The Church is a human construct, there is nothing or little of Grace about it.

The Liturgy and prayer is about how it makes us feel. Feelings rather than Grace are important.

Revelation is not a given, something given for today and all time, but something of that past that depends on our interpretation.

Ultimately Pelagianism says God is irrelevant to society and to the individual.

Pelagians tend to have a poor view of mankind, what see is what you get, because their is no room for Grace. It is also elitist, insofar as it values a human being by his goodness, his talents, his skills, his willpower.

Devotion to the Blessed Virgin is the destroyer Pelagianism, her whole being was about saying yes to Grace, and being the Mather of God she became the source of Grace. Her life shows the effects and power of Grace

This heresy is not just affecting Britain, but also the English speaking world in general.

Here’s a question for all of you: Have you ever heard the word soul in the Novus Ordo Mass?

That’s a hard question for you to answer most likely because the answer is no. The word in Latin for soul is anima.

The prayer that we pray after the Priest says ecce Agnus DeiDomine non sum dignus ut intres sub tectum meum sed tantum dic verbo et sanabitur anima mea. In the lame ICEL translation we have “Lord i am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed” Notice the switch from anima mea (my soul) to I. A soul by definition needs grace to be sufficient. Implicit heresies are worse than actual heresies themselves. Reason being that you can actually point out heresies easily. (Note: This does NOT mean the NO is invalid). This attitude has even crept into the homilies…you know the I love me homilies, make you feel good. This drawing upon an emotional experience is protestant and leading many souls to hell. As if I didn’t need another reason to avoid the NO in English, now I have another one. (And another thing, the prayer itself isn’t Pelegian, but if you don’t understand the theology behind it, you can easily be misled.

To add another thought Communion in the Hand (as presently practiced in the Latin Church) is also a form of Pelgianism. Why do I say that? Instead of receiving, man takes into his own hands the Body, Blood, Soul, Divnity of Christ. If not directly saying that man upon his own merits can take the Body of Christ. Communion in the Hand in the early Church was practiced with the right hand, and the head was inclined to go straight on the tongue. et Verbum caro factum est et habitavit in nobis (and the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us) Not the other way around. The exterior action refelcts the interior belief. It is not just a matter of form. As Faith in the Real Presence increased, so the practice changed. It makes no sense for us to go back to being babies, likewise we shouldn’t go back to the old practice in the early Church.

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