|Happiness is the truth!|
Inspired by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a musical artist has penned a song called, 'Happy'. The relevant section of the Catechism states:
The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for.
Motivated by a Benedictine vision of Christian spirituality, he dedicated the song to Benedict XVI whose pontificate emphasised the necessity for love of the objective truth, rather than an artificial, personal truth, in order to pursue the desire for happiness inscribed in every human heart.
All joking aside, you hear this song quite a lot in Brighton from car stereos and the like. It always makes me think of BXVI. I do quite like that Mr Williams's song subscribes to the Catholic vision of 'the truth' rather than the societal trend to promote subjective and competing notions based on 'my truth'. The truth, of course, if not embraced, can be a cause for unhappiness, especially if you are a Bishop and one of your Deacons is telling it on a blog.
Those who suppress the freedom of their clergy to speak the truth, even if the truth is upsetting or at times inconvenient - or even 'divisive' or offensive - are not happy Easter bunnies. May I suggest to His Lordship that whatever motivation led him to effectively close down Deacon Nick Donnelly's blog, by explicitly requesting he not maintain it or update it, the last thing you should do if you wish to defeat a cause for faithful, loyal Catholics is to give them a martyr. Does His Lordship not know his Catholic history?
Happy Feast of SS Philip and James, Apostles, Bishops, Martyrs, indeed, who knew and understood well that falsehood is not turned into truth simply by mere repetition of the falsehood.
Why is it commendable for Deacon Nick to highlight the very real attacks on the Pope and the Church's integrity and teaching mission from outside of the Church, say, in the case of those vitriolic attacks before, during and after the visit of Benedict XVI, but not commendable for Deacon Nick to highlight the very real attacks on the Pope and the Church's integrity and teaching mission from inside the Church now?
The obvious answer is: because this does not serve unity. Unity is laudable and vital, but I ask: In what manner does allowing dissidents to meet, convene, to speak out, write and teach publicly against the Church's teaching and its teaching authority - which comes from Christ Himself - serve the Church's unity?