We wish to apologize for Our very long absence from the medium of the internet, but We have just been informed of a quite excellent article that is posted in the Catholic Culture Library. We reserve Our judgment on the site as a whole for We are not particularly familiar with it, but We would like to recommend an article that appears there and was originally published in the journal, First Things. It is entitled "Theology after the Revolution" and discusses some thoughts about what has come to be known as the "nouvelle theologie." It's a very good read and it turns out that We had recently written privately about some thoughts that seem to complement the article very well. We would like to make particularly clear that this post is not made ex cathedra and We would appreciate any and all responses. Well, the main thrust of Our thoughts are that the world needs more Radicals. Now, I hope you don't think this is a bad thing. We see a grave need for more people to be radical in the most radical sense of the word. More people should be willing to understand things by their radices, their roots. Now, let Us explain Ourself and how this idea relates to the "nouvelle theologie." Trees grow out of roots which grew out of seeds. Without roots, trees would not be able to gather nutrients from the soil or support themselves. This reliance on the soil is another important aspect of trees, but We shall not discuss this here. Now, in some ways, the Holy Catholic Church can be looked at as a sort of tree. Christ, himself, tells us that He is the vine and those who believe in him are the branches. Well, the Church is the Body of Christ, and Christ is the head of the Church. In some ways, the Incarnation of the Word could be looked at as God planting His seed in the World. This seed has grown into a great majestic tree in which all of the birds of the air can come and make their nests. It's trunk has developed throughout the centuries and has grown in response to many heresies which have helped to define the faith. Much of this development has been the result of the contributions of Saint Augustine, Saint Thomas Aquinas and the other Doctors of the Church. These contributions are all a result of the organic development of the roots of the Gospels and the early Church and must not be overlooked or discarded. Today, it seems that many have a misguided desire to examine the roots of things rather than the actual body of things, and apply this even to the teachings and practices of the Church. In fact, many seem to desire to examine the roots at all costs. They do not mind if it means that we completely uncover the roots. These people seem not to realize that such removal of soil usually causes great damage to the roots themselves by being severed from one another by the shovel cutting into them, and always results in a diminished ability to absorb much needed nutrients. This behavior is found especially in those who wish to secularize society and remove any reference to the true kingship of Christ over all souls and every worldly government. However, this misguided action does not apply so much to the topic of this post as the next. Others wish to cut down the trunk of the tree, if only to get at the roots. Unfortunately these poor souls do not realize that such an action will actually kill the tree and the roots which they are examining. This form of examination of roots is like the recently and often observed desire to return to the practices of the early Church in the Liturgy (something which was actually discouraged and said to be straying from the true path by our successor Pius XII in his encyclical Mediator Dei). This is also what seems to be discussed in the article which We recommended at the beginning of this post. Many who teach the "nouvelle theologie" do not teach the necessary background theology needed to understand the new experimental theology. From what we know of this theology, it wishes to bring about a ressourcement, something which in itself, seems to be quite laudable. but a complete and total return to earlier formulations of doctrine, without accepting more recent formulations (i.e. accepting things written in the Gospel, but not accepting the teachings of St. Thomas or the formulations used by the Glorious Council of Trent) We are not personally familiar with such theologians as de Lubac, von Balthasaar, and Lonergan (We do not claim to have the theological background necessary to engage their works, that is as the one writing this post, not the person of His Holiness Pius XI), but We are willing to grant, for the sake of argument, that they are fully orthodox in their teaching, except where they have been corrected by competent authority. However, We still see a very grave need of understanding very carefully the structure, terminology, and teachings of Scholastic and Patristic Theology and the canons and decrees of the Councils of the Church before even attempting to engage the newer and more experimental theology of recent ages. The trunk must not be forgotten or destroyed in order to appreciate the roots. Doing so not only destroys the trunk, but also the branches which are supported by the trunk. The "nouvelle theologie" is one of these branches, and until it is incorporated into the defined teaching of the Church, it could very well be cut off and thrown into the furnace. Appreciating the roots means appreciating all that has authentically grown from the roots, and in order to understand the later growth, one must first understand the earlier growth. This love for the roots and all that has grown from them is exactly what We think needs to be proliferated throughout the entire world. The radicals who do this are the true radicals, for they do not wish to destroy the tree and the roots along with it, but wish to have the roots flourish and the entire tree as well.