Trojan Horse in the City of God is a pull-no-punches analysis of the causes of the continuing Catholic chaos. In today's Catholic parishes, false ideas about God and His Church seem more common than statues and holy water. Confusion and disillusion are rampant, and no one seems to know how to reverse Catholicism's decline. Yet the path out of this crisis was mapped long ago. In these prophetic pages (first published in 1967), renowned Catholic philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand exposes the poverty of the sad and confused ideas of all too many contemporary Christians, contrasting those errors with the majestic and unchanging truths of Divine Revelation. You'll find here an arsenal of defenses for the unchanging, eternal Faith. Von Hildebrand shows again and again that ideas that many modern Catholics take for granted are actually subtle but potent threats to the integrity of the Church. He exposes the secularization that threatens to rot away the Church's very sources of strength. And he demolishes a great deal of the woolly thinking that is found today even in the highest reaches of the Church. Von Hildebrand will bring you the comforting reassurance that the light of sound reasoning has not vanished from our world; nor has fidelity to Divine Revelation and to the the fountainhead and guardian of that Revelation, Christ's Catholic Church. This incisive and thought-provoking book will enlighten you about Vatican II: how its message has been distorted and twisted within the Church. You'll find out why the terms progressive and conservative are inadequate for the realities of the Church, and why the Church is essentially unchanged throughout the ages, before and after Vatican II. You'll learn why true reform in the Church can never change the Church's fundamental nature, and why there must always be struggle (not just dialogue!) between the Church and the world. Above all, von Hildebrand explains why secularization, if unchecked in the Church, will destroy the true Faith. And you'll discover much more that will help you combat, more effectively than ever, the errors that sap the Church's strength today!
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Dietrich von Hildebrand (1889-1977) was remarkable for his keen intellect, his profound originality, his prodigious output, his great personal courage, his deep spirituality, and his intense love for God. He wrote dozens of books on philosophy and spirituality. Truth, goodness, and beauty are the hallmarks of all of his works.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
If we consider certain things that Kierkegaard has to say about faith, about the fundamental religious attitude, and if we then turn to a number of articles by Catholic priests and laymen published in recent years, we cannot escape the impression that these writers not only have lost their Catholic faith, but also no longer understand the very nature of religion based on divine revelation. Indeed, we are tempted to ask if these so-called "progressive Catholics" ever had a true religious experience, if they ever experienced the elementary confrontation with the absolute Lord: the fear and trembling before the infinitely holy God and the blissful encounter with Christ, the Epiphany of God. Are they capable of understanding the words of Pascal's Memorial: God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not the God of philosophers and learned men. Certitude. Certitude. Feeling, joy, peace. God of Jesus Christ. My God and your God. Your God will be my God. Forgetfulness of the world and of all save God. He is not only to be found through the ways taught in the Gospel. Greatness of the human soul. Just Father, the world has not known You, but I have known You. Joy, joy, joy, tears of joy. I have separated myself from Him. They have abandoned me, the source of living water. My God, wilt Thou leave me? Let me not be separated from Him eternally. This is eternal life, knowing Thee the only true God and Him whom Thou hast sent, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ. I have separated myself from Him. I have run away from Him, denied Him, crucified Him. May I never be separated from Him! He is only to be kept through the ways taught in the Gospel. Renunciation, total and sweet. Total surrender to Jesus Christ and my spiritual director. Eternally joyful for one single day of renunciation on Earth. I shall not forget your words. Amen. This book is addressed to all those who are still aware of the metaphysical situation of man, to those who have resisted brainwashing by secular slogans, who still possess the longing for God and are still conscious of a need for redemption. It is addressed to those who have not yet become deaf to the voice of Christ amid the noisy huckstering of cheap and shallow formulas, to those whose minds are not spellbound by the alleged coming of age of modern man, to those not caught in the turmoil of the contemporary "puberty crisis." This book seeks to appeal to those in whom a sense of real depth and grandeur is to be found, to those who can still see the abyss that separates a Plato from a Russell, a Shakespeare from a Brecht, a Newman from a Robinson. We are convinced that the great majority of Catholics have not yet been confused by slogans, that they are not yet swimming in the typical pride that rests on the immature illusion that man has come of age. We are furthermore convinced that many outside the Church hold to the true realism concerning man's metaphysical situation - realism that can also be found in Plato's Phaedo and Phaedrus. We mean the consciousness of the mysterious rupture in man's nature, of his being simultaneously "but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature" and the lord of creation. This is a realism that does not overlook the inner conflict in man, but senses that man is in need of redemption. Against this background we shall try to shed some light on the confusions, the apostasies, and the disclosures of loss of faith that are to be found among those who trumpet forth the claim that they are the true interpreters of the Council. Against the background of true realism, of the very core of religion, of the good tidings of the Gospel, we shall try to examine all the horrible errors that are being propagated now by the so-called progressives. May God grant us grace so that our minds may again be enlightened by Christ, the divine truth, and our hearts be inebriated by the ineffable holiness of the God-man. May God grant Catholics the grace to experience again what is written in the Preface of the Christmas Mass: "By the mystery of the Word made flesh, from Thy brightness a new light hath risen to shine on the eyes of our soul in order that, God becoming visible to us, we may be borne upward to the love of things invisible." If this book contributes in a modest way to dispelling the choking fog of secularization and to opening the eyes of souls to the glory of Christ and true unity with the Church, I should consider it the greatest unmerited gift of God: Despise not thy people, O almighty God, When they cry out in their affliction, but graciously Succor them in their tribulation for the glory of Thy name, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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