#206: Who Broke the Church?—Dr. Ralph Martin


#206: Who Broke the Church?—Dr. Ralph Martin

Almost 40 years ago, Ralph Martin diagnosed the doctrinal and moral ills (which are often paired) of the post-Vatican II Catholic Church. His analysis and prescription for a return to health filled his book Crisis of Truth, one of the most important books of the period.

Now it’s 2020, and the Church is in much worse shape. The cover of Dr. Martin’s new expanded treatment of similar issues, A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward, is emblematic of the state of the Church: the fires raging through Notre Dame Cathedral from last year.

The terra firma of Catholic authority is even more subject to upheaval and confusion under Pope Francis.

In this episode, you will learn

  • The roots of the current Church confusion, starting at the top
  • Why the devil benefits from the confused Hans Urs von Balthasar theory that we may have a reasonable hope that hell is empty
  • The strange occultic relationship between Father Balthasar and the fake mystic Adrienne Von Speyr and how it profoundly influenced his flirtation with universalism 
  • Specific examples of misleading, confusing, and scandalous teachings and actions of Pope Francis
  • Reasons why Catholics need to stay filled with hope and to surrender to the Lord in a deeper way
  • The rise of activist lay leaders and movements as a counterbalance to passive shepherd.

Resources mentioned in this episode

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