Re: Teilhard De Chardin.

Author:Van Hee, Tony
Position::LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Letter to the editor
 
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May the Peace of Christ be with you always! In my first letter (Catholic Insight, November 2014) I quoted E. Allison Peers, from his Introduction to St. John of the Cross's Ascent of Mount Carmel, as saying, "many writers who now enjoy the highest possible reputation were in their time denounced and unjustly persecuted", and he gave the examples of John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Thomas Aquinas, among others.

Given this historical perspective I said that the 1962 monitum of the Holy Office against 'several works' of Teilhard, upheld in 1981, didn't seem like an impossible barrier to overcome.

Recently I was happy to read a similar assessment by Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen written after the 1962 monitum. In an article on Teilhard en titled Personality: Earth and Heaven, Venerable Sheen wrote: "It is very likely that when all the trivial, verbal disputes about Teilhard's 'unfortunate' vocabulary will have died away or have taken a secondary place, Teilhard will appear like John of the Cross or Saint Teresa of Avila, as a spiritual genius of the twentieth century" (In the Fullness of Time, Asian Trading Corporation, Bangalore, India, 1999, twentieth anniversary of Venerable Sheen's death, pp. 71-72. This article was also published earlier in, Footprints in a Darkened Forest by Fulton Sheen, New York: Meredith Press, 1967, Chapter Six, "The Origin of Man in Society").

Also, I noticed in Msgr Foy's letter RE: FR. TONY VAN HEE, SJ, TEILHARD DE CHARDIN PART I, II (CI, December 2014), that he says: "Sadly, Fr. Tony Van Hee S.J. and his sources contribute to the spread of heresies." My sources--four Cardinals: Henri de Lubac (prominent influential theologian of the 20th century), Agostino Casaroli (Vatican Secretary of State, July 1, 1979 Dec 1, 1990), Avery Dulles (the Catholic Church's most distinguished American theologian), and Christoph Schonborn (general editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church), two Popes: St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI (Prefect of the Doctrine of the Faith, Nov 25, 1981April 19, 2005, Head of the Bishops Commission for the implementation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church), and one Venerable Archbishop, Fulton J Sheen (Master Communicator, Preacher, Professor, Missionary, Televangelist)--contributing to the spread of heresies???

Msgr Foy also says, "If Teilhard worthily received Sacraments before his death, there was still no public retraction of all his errors on record."...

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