About a month ago I submitted a post asking the question: “Where is the Athanasius for Our Time?” Since that time I have come to realize that we have an Athanasius for our time. He is Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Kazakstan. The similarities are striking. Both men, the saint and the bishop, fought or, in the case of Bishop Schneider are fighting, virulent heresies – Arianism in the case of the Saint and Modernism in the case of the Bishop. Both were/are largely ignored by the popes and hierarchy of their time. But, the Saint finally was victorius in his battle and we have yet to see how the Bishop will fare in his. Both men, by the way, came from the East, a fact which cannot be ignored.
The question we must face is what is the present Occupant of the Chair of Peter going to do? Will he join Bishop Schneider in the battle for the “soul” of the Church or continue to preach theories borne of marxism, humanism and “liberation theology.” Will he win souls for Christ – teaching governing and sanctifying according to the traditional and perennial magisterium established by Christ and passed on from the Apostles? Or, will he continue on the path of universal salvation, salvation through other religions or salvation outside the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church?
The ball, Jorge, is in your court but time is of the essence and the final battle with the demons of Hell is looming at our doorstep. Which way, my friend, will you turn?