One such moment is found in today's e-letter, in the course of a short word about the most recent meetings of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, which has as their topic the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture.
Here is what Moynihan wrote:
Eating lunch today, I had another interesting conversation, this time with two members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, which has just ended several days of meetings here.
The commission's main focus for this 5-year period -- founded more than 100 years ago, in 1909, the commission studies a single issue for five years at a time -- is the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture. In short, what does the inspiration of Scripture really mean about the truthfulness of the text.
The two said some sessions of the meeting were heated -- that there was intense debate.
One of the men made an interesting observation.
He said he had been trained by Jesuits, for many years, and appreciated that training enormously, but that he fears the Jesuit order is in precipitous decline.
He said he thought that the single most important task for any Pope in this period of history would be the restoration, the renewal, of the Jesuit order.
But he also said that we was not sure a renewal would be possible.
It's not hard to read between the lines here. Moynihan is clearly blaming the Jesuits on the Commission for the heated and contentious sessions. When the "precipitous decline" of the Jesuit order is brought up in a discussion about these heated debates, it obvious who the commentators are blaming for the problems.
It isn't much of a stretch to see the Jesuits on the Commission striving to change, subtly or otherwise, the Church's traditional teaching about the inspiration and inerrency of the Bible, nor would it be surprising for Jesuits to make the argument that Darwinism and Evolution are the only sure means of interpreting biblical cosmology in the modern age. Would anyone be surprised if modern Jesuits would call into question the historical certitude of Our Blessed Lord's ministry, His bodily Resurrection?
Church leaders are today beginning to turn back toward the traditional practice of the Catholic faith, but this trend is still only in its infancy. And while the Jesuits are experiencing a "precipitous decline", many Jesuits still hold influence over the organs of the Church's Magisterium, and other Catholic institutions. Because a reform of the order is probably out of the question barring a miracle, we still have a long and protracted struggle against the Modernist, albeit aging, intelligentsia of the modern Jesuit order.
The conclusions of this particular meeting of the Pontifical Biblical Commission may present the emergence of a new and devastating struggle for the Church against these internal threats. That there should be "heated debate" at these sessions should give all of us pause. Has what the Church has always taught concerning the inspiration and inerrancy of Holy Scripture been attacked during these proceedings? We can be sure they have. Will the evil machinations of the modern Jesuits and other Modernists be allowed to sow confusion in the Church? Judging from the last half century of confusion and crisis, it would be wise for traditional Catholics to start preparing themselves for a fight by prayer, fasting and study.