Tomberg on Ghosts and Reincarnation

Heretical nonsense Valentin Tomberg‘s Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism, discussed earlier in connection with the Afterword by Hans Urs von Balthasar, is, as Theodore Parker once said of another work, “a curious farrago of sense and nonsense.” And it is most certainly nonsense of a heretical nature, denying fundamental Christian teachings…

Von Balthasar’s Occultism

Valentin Tomberg (1900-1973), a Russian emigre, was the “Anonymous” author of Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism, written in 1967, but published over a decade after his death. Hans Urs von Balthasar wrote a foreward to the 1983 German edition, and this is included as an afterward in the 2002 English edition…

Von Balthasar’s Casta Meretrix

Meretrix: prostitute, harlot, whore, woman of ill repute. In a recent Spero News commentary, Susan Beckworth expressed shock that the (to all reports) conservative theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, friend of popes, would use such a term to describe the church. She said, In Hans Urs von Balthasar’s 1950’s published work, “Casta Meretix” [sic], he…

Sobrino & von Balthasar

Grant Gallicho posts a letter written by Nicholas Lash to The Tablet regarding the Sobrino affair. Lash quotes some statements from Hans Urs von Balthasar that appear to advocate the same ideas for which Sobrino was reprimanded (Christ being a man “assumed” into God and having “faith”). Lash accuses the CDF of sloppiness in its…