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Are Skojec & the Gordon Brothers Infected with Jansenism which was condemned by Pope Pius X?

Might banning the Mass because of the supposed Black Plague coronavirus promoter, Steve Skojec, as well as Tim Gordon and his brother Dave be infected with the heresy of Jansenism?

This heresy like Protestantism and the Modernism of the Nouvelle theologie school, that dominated the proceedings of Vatican II, claimed to be returning to the "early Church" practices.

Jansenism emphasized pessimism due to original sin and predestination as did Calvinism and Lutheranism.

One of the main tenets of Jansenism was that Holy Communion shouldn't be received frequently. In the early twentieth century, Pope Pius X, the hammer of Modernist heretics, condemned this tenet and endorsed frequent Communion.

It appears that Skojec and the Gordon brothers agree with the Jansenist heretics and oppose Pius X's endorsement of frequent Communion.

In a podcast of Rules for Retrograde, Dave (although it might have been Tim because their voices are similar), in a conversion about the "early Church" and why apparently because of original sin infrequent Communion was seemingly good for the reason of the veneration  due to the Eucharist, said:

"The frequent reception of the Eucharist, as Steve [Skojec] I think was speaking about in the Mike Church Show, the frequent reception of the Eucharist is a really relatively new thing."
(Rules for Retrograde (Tim Gordon & Dave Gordon), R4R#43: Coronavirus & Catholicism w/ Steve Skojec," March 20, 2020, 18:00-18:11)

Theologian Jessica Murdoch of Villanova University quotes Pope Pius X saying:

"'[T]he poison of Jansenism, which had infected... under the appearance of honor and veneration due to the Eucharist, has by no means entirely disappeared'... this same pontiff declared: 'Let frequent and daily communion... be available to all Christians... it is enough, nevertheless, that they be free from mortal sins, with the resolution that they never sin in the future.'"
(First Things, "A Pessimism that would Canonize All'"  February 21, 2017)

Coincidentally, the Jansenistic pessimism of Skojec and the Gordon brothers may be following the Modernist lead of Francis's "pessimism that would canonize all" if they are truly infected with the heresy.

Murdoch wrote the above article because she thought that the Francis document "Amoris Laetitia... often fall[s] into a new form of Jansenism":

"At first blush, the new Jansenism sounds encouraging - none are guilty, all are saved! In truth, however, a new pessimism that would canonize all is only a shade less pessimistic than one that would condemn all to hell. As, St. Thomas noted, both despair and presumption are sins against hope."

Theologian Dr. Lawrence Feingold explains the Lutheran sin against the theological virtue of Hope which is presumption:

"[T]he original doctrine of Luther presumed to be certain of salvation without the necessity of contrition."
(Course Notes for Fundamental Moral Theology, December 2009, Page 160)

Why is Hope called a theological virtue?

"Hope is termed a theological virtue because its immediate object is God."
(Catholic Encyclopedia: New Advent, "Hope")

It may be that for Francis, Skojec and the Gordon brothers in their obsession with the coronavirus that their "immediate object is [not] God," but their "immediate object is" fear of death" since all of them apparently think the new virus is supposedly the new Black Plague.

As St. Athanasius said the real "disciple of Christ despise death... instead of fearing it."

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Mass and the Church as well as for the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Comments

Aqua said…
I am an advocate of frequent confession.

A good confession will naturally lead to frequent communion.

Reconciled with God. Then, in communion with God.

Another reason to go to an SSPX Chapel: they have confession for 30 minutes prior to every Mass, demonstrating the connection between one and the other.

The Catholic’s most basic spiritual hunger should be to examine his soul and confess on a regular basis. Clean first. Communion second. The loss of either of these two sacraments terrifies me.
Trg said…
Ann Barnhardt wrote that we should do more spiritual Communions. She wrote a lengthy blog on it. I think it can make a Catholic appreciate the Eucharist more. Frequent confessions are good.

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