A new iconoclasm at work at the recent synod?

Fr. Ray Blake reflects on the Incarnation, Islam and iconoclasm among other things.  Read the whole post.  But this especially.

In many ways the Extra-ordinary Synod on the Family was a battle between iconoclasts and iconophiles, those who believe marriage is an image of the unbreakable union of Christ and his Church and those who don’t.

There is an iconophile mindset that always wants to see the image of God and experience his presence, just as there is an iconoclastic mindset wants to move away from God and to shut him out. Iconoclasm is dangerous. |Euthanasia and abortion become so easy if we do not see in the vulnerable the image of God.

I am concerned by a iconoclastic mindset in the Church, not only does it ‘wreckovate buildings’ but it excludes images of Christ and ultimately the person of Christ from the Church’s life, I was given some posters recently to be distributed advertising a Catholic event, lots of pictures of bishops, none of Christ: that is an iconoclastic mindset.

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2 Responses to A new iconoclasm at work at the recent synod?

  1. EPMS says:

    Not everyone finds the same “pictures of Jesus” helpful; unlike the bishops we have no images from the life, only subjective interpretations that may convey very mixed messages depending on the viewers. How the, to my eyes, supremely kitsch “Divine Mercy” image and its cult forced its way into the Easter calendar remains a mystery to me, but clearly there is a considerable contingent who see it differently.

  2. Rev22:17 says:

    Deborah,

    From your quotation: I am concerned by a iconoclastic mindset in the Church, not only does it ‘wreckovate buildings’ but it excludes images of Christ and ultimately the person of Christ from the Church’s life, I was given some posters recently to be distributed advertising a Catholic event, lots of pictures of bishops, none of Christ: that is an iconoclastic mindset.

    The iconoclast mindset most assuredly is a problem, but it takes on many forms ranging from excessive focus on a “social gospel” that neglects the mystery of salvation and other fundamental truths of the faith to excessive focus on the saints and pious devotion that neglects focus on the mystery of salvation and other fundamental truths of the faith to excessive focus on dogma that loses focus on individual salvation and the experiential dimension of faith in the fellowship of the saints and on the church’s God-given mission of evangelism. We need to understand that all of these are equally diabolical. Satan does not care how we are diverted from authentic Christian faith that leads to complete surrender to the lordship of Jesus and thus to salvation. Satan cares only about the end result — that is, the eternal damnation of as many souls as possible.

    The authentic Christian life is sometimes depicted as a wheel with Christ as its hub and four spokes identified as (1) prayer (both liturgical and non-liturgical) and sacraments, (2) study of scripture and doctrine, both individually and in groups, (3) fellowship in community with other believers, and (4) evangelism, discipleship, and teaching of the faith. When all four spokes are strong and properly balanced, the hub says in the center and the wheel runs very smoothly. When the spokes are uneven or even broken, by contrast, the hub gets off center and the ride is not so wonderful. Here, one thinks of the wheels with off-center hubs employed on the clown’s cars that appear in many parades and on rides in some amusement parks where a rough ride is desirable. Of course, the wheel may break completely if the spokes are sufficiently week. It’s a useful spiritual exercise to look at how one invests one’s time in each of the four spokes in a typical day or typical week!

    Norm.

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