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Trojan Horse in the City of God: The Catholic Crisis Explained Hardcover – December, 1967

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When Trojan Horse in the City of God is the principal defense of conservative Catholicism and an indictment of "progressive" or "liberal" Catholicism. Dietrich von Hildebrand exposes the "progressive" Catholic agenda, its modus operandi and the dangerous heresies it promotes, contrary to traditional Catholic truth including the two main factors contributing to the deterioration of the Church, why true renewal in the church requires reaffirmation (not denigration) of tradition, why translating scripture into "everyday" language undermines faith and trivializes Christ's message, the war against beauty in Catholic art, architecture, and worship, the fundamental error in the "new theologies", the stark contrast between what Vatican II actually said and how it's been interpreted, why heresy must be condemned (and even punished), how relativism supplanted belief in objective truth, tricks progressive theologians play with language, three types of contemporary Catholic philosophers and where they go wrong, and much, much more. -- Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press (December 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0918477182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918477187
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book by Von Hilderbrand ("Von H") is a step by step by diagnosis of the issues which were facing the Church in the late 60s. Cardinal O' Connor notes in the foreword that Von H's analysis remained true in 1993 and it is without doubt still relevant for in 2009. What is wonderful about Von H is absolute commitment to man's transformation in Christ. He knows that, apart from this transformation, all else is utter rubbish. I am reminded by a comment that a Bishop recently made to the effect that young people don't understand the need for salvation (presumably because they represent a new breed of hominid, namely "modern man") and are more concerned about environmental sins rather than personal sins and that we, as a church, need to meet their needs. I have no doubt that Von H would have treated such comments with the disdain they deserved - man is always the same wounded being and unless he is completely out of touch with his interiority, he will always recognise this need for the Other, which is God. What the Church must offer time and time again is the balm of Christ.

Spirit of the age: the risk of infection for Christians

Again and again we find in this book that Von H reminds us not to be conformed to the Spirit of the Age but to be conformed to Christ. He reminds us that what is "in the air" in our culture may in fact be toxic for our spiritual lives and that if repentance and contrition for our sins are not at the centre of our Christian life, we risk being conformed to the world. Further, he argues that it has precisely been the agenda of so called progressive elements within the Church to adapt the Church to the age rather than the other way around.
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Dietrich von Hildebrand is perhaps the greatest Catholic philosopher of the twentieth century. This book written shortly after the conclusion of the Vatican II Council was a prophetic warning on the undermining of the Church from within. It is amazing now, over thirty years later; almost everything the author warned us about has come to pass. Even the official Vatican newspaper in 1970 urged all Catholics to read this book. But as we now know thanks to hindsight, all of its warnings went unheeded.

With extremely clear and concise writing we are lead to see the root causes of this crisis in the Church. The tendency of our bishops to misinterpret the vague writings of the Vatican II Council and lead us away from the previous legalism that was becoming pervasive to a radical swing to the progressive Catholicism we have today which is leading most away from true Catholic faith. The secularism that runs rampant in the new progressive Catholic Church is accomplishing what many schisms and opponents of the Church were never ever to successfully do. The author is able to expound upon the causes of the destructive trends that are afflicting the Church without being derisive of any individual.

It is still not too late to save what really matters to Catholics, our Faith. Read this book, hand a copy to every pastor you know and with the love of faith we can all help to restore the holiness of the Church. The author tries to remind us on what was and should be important to Catholics. This book is required reading for all Catholics.
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Reading this book many years after it was written is like reading a prophecy fulfilled. Tragically, for the Catholic Church, everything von Hildebrand said would happen because of the "reforms of Vatican II" did occur & have wreaked chaos in the Church. He outlines the destruction of catechesis, liturgy, the prayer & devotional life of Catholics & how it would all take place. He was 100% right, & we are stuck living with the consequences. For those of us who were too young to understand what Vatican II was truly called to do--which was something 180 degrees in the opposite direction from what did happen--this is an excellent explanation of what John XXIII hoped to see occur & the intended-destruction of the Church that actually resulted from it.
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Dietrich von Hildebrand (1889-1977) was a German Catholic philosopher and theologian, and the author of many books (e.g., The New Tower of Babel: Modern Man's Flight from God) from a conservative Catholic perspective.

He wrote in the Introduction to this 1967 book, "This book is addressed to all those who are still aware of the metaphysical situation of man, to those who have resisted brainwashing by secular slogans, who still possess the longing for God and are still conscious of a need for redemption... This book seeks to appeal to those in whom a sense of real depth and grandeur is to be found..."

He begins by stating that "the idea of a 'progressive Catholic' ... is an oxymoron." (Pg. 10) Later, he notes that "The Nicene Creed speaks with great simplicity and lucidity of this impenetrable mystery (the Incarnation). The Jesuit Karl Rahner, on the contrary, replaces this mystery with obscure, abstract speculation... (where) facts lose their preciseness and the mysteries are replaced by confusing rationalizations." (Pg. 171)

He decries "the great secularizing error of our time: the idea that religion should be adapted to man, rather than man to religion." (Pg. 198) He also rejects Teilhard de Chardin: "His success in wrapping a pantheistic, gnostic monism is Christian garments is most evident in The Divine Milieu." (Pg. 291)

The modern reprinting of von Hildebrand's books such as this one indicates their continuing relevance to many modern Catholics.
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