In his good work Le sens commun, still unavailable in English, the great theologian defends the foundational priority of dogma over pastoral care, of truth over subjective “apparent need”. He writes, on p. 267:
To understand dogma, it is not the present needs (besoins – we could say the connotation is actually ‘wants’) of souls that one must study; it is the dogma itself. Study of the dogma will allow us to discover and to arouse in the soul aspirations both profound and interesting, quite different than the present needs of which we are told….
He then cites the catechism as edifying in this regard:
The souls of today, as those of yesterday, are created and sent into the world to know and to love, more than themselves and above all things, this divine Truth which is the object of faith before being that of vision, to subordinate themselves to It and not to subordinate It to their needs, whether real or only apparent.
If the great Lagrange is maligned today, is it possible that Modernism lurks behind the criticism?