WHY DO LIBERALS HAVE A PROBLEM WITH
PIETY & REVERENCE?
Piety is about forgetting about the people around you, and what they think, and focusing on your humility before God. Many Catholics no longer believe that they need to be humble before God. This is because there has been a lack of catechesis to the point where many Catholics no longer understand what He has done for them, or why they need to be humble before Him.
After Vatican II modernisers promoted the idea that displays of piety were wrong. Many of these errors are now being rectified in teaching at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham and elsewhere. Other aspects of Catholicism, including ‘the sacred’ and tradition were also erroneously discarded.
With reference to the Year of Faith it is worth mentioning that at no point in Vatican II is there any reference to any aspect of the sacred being removed.
The ‘baby was thrown out with the bath water’ by internal forces from within the Church who were only interested in modernist reform and did not follow the guidelines of Vatican II. For example, Cardinal Arinze (Head of the Congregation of Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments) recently stated that there are no church documents, including Vatican II, that state that altar rails should have been removed, or that Catholics could not kneel for communion. He even said that….
“If you believe that Christ is our God, and is present, then why don’t you kneel? Why don’t you crawl? Why don’t you show respect?”
SO WHAT DID THE REFORMERS SAY TO MAKE CATHOLICS BELIEVE THAT PIETY IS BAD?
1. They said that those being pious are really only 'acting holier than thou’.
2. These displays are not genuine and equate to the outward signs of the Pharisees.
HOW DO WE KNOW THAT MODERNIST REFORMERS WERE WRONG IN REGARD TO PIETY?
One of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit is the GIFT OF PIETY (aka Reverence). Genuine piety is of God and ‘anti-piety’ is of man. When Catholics stop the faithful being pious they get in the way of God moving close to His people. They place barriers up to God.