By the time after the Second Vatican Council when Paul VI agonized over the publication of the Church's Encyclical, Humanae Vitae, there were those, including Father Paul Marx's own brother who signed a declaration against it. But it wasn't the rebels who were disciplined and cast out, it was Father Paul Marx, himself an admirer of Father Michel, who was hounded and attacked by the Abbey and the modernists who hated him.
Here's an excerpt from Pine Curtain:
In 1980 the authorities at St. John's Abbey and St. John's University, by underhanded means, forced Father Marx to leave Collegeville and his Human Life Center and carry on his pro-life work elsewhere. The full story of this persecution is told in this book. Benedictines at St. John's, including Father Marx's own brother, Father Michael Marx, OSB, signed a statement contradicting Humanae vitae, Pope Paul IV's official teaching concerning contraception, and the faculty at St. John's University overwhelmingly refused to endorse a statement opposing abortion. Father Marx then went to Washington, with little but an automobile, and started Human Life International, which today is by far the largest pro-life institution in the world. In the same year Pope John Paul II told him: "You are doing the most important work on earth." - "Faithful for Life"
Link to Pine Curtain...
When Father Marx died last year. The present Abbot gave a "homily" which defended St. John's seamless garment approach to doctrine and its heritage of dissent from the rules.
In fact, we cited an article earlier which dealt with the Abbot's attempt to coopt Father Marx's legacy for St. John's, attempting to steal something they don't own. Full content of the letter still available, here.
You mentioned Cardinal Bernardin's Fordham University speech about the Seamless Garment. You implied or suggested this is what Fr. Marx stood for and fought for. Actually, Fr. Marx totally opposed Cardinal Bernardin's Seamless Garment rationale. He considered it a disaster for the anti-abortion movement for at least two reasons:
1.The Seamless Garment gives Catholics an excuse to vote for pro-abortion politicians on the specious theory that these politicians are, on balance, more pro-life than their anti-abortion opponents because they have good positions on some other issues that impact life. For example, I recall one Seamless Garment evaluation of politicians that rated Senator Ted Kennedy as much more "pro-life" than Senator Jesse Helms! (Kennedy consistently voted for abortion and for public funding of abortion, and Helms was probably the Senate's most stalwart opponent of abortion.)
It also seems we're not alone. Perhaps some of the German farmers in the area, good wholesome sorts, know the real story? Here's the billboard that's up around St. John's. It's not something you'd see at St. John's, because Collegeville, as anyone will tell you, undermines the Catholic Faith in its architecture and everything it does.
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