Monday, 8 April 2013

A quote I ought to share.

Discussions with parishioners at celebrate have discussed the unhelpful nature of labels to define Catholics. What is a Traditional Catholic, or the liberal wing of the church?  A Catholic is traditional in that he follows the Sacred Traditions of the Church. liberal in that he is free from the bounds of sin, and fights for the freedom of those oppressed in the world. Charismatic in that he received the Holy Spirit at Baptism and is working to show him to cry out that Jesus is Lord. And so on. Just to affirm the outcome of these discussions, a quote from a part pope. In an encyclical pope Benedict said:

It is, moreover, Our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as "profane novelties of words," out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise to great trouble and confusion among Catholics. Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: "This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be saved" (Athanas. Creed). There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim "Christian is my name and Catholic my surname," only let him endeavour to be in reality what he calls himself.(http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xv/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xv_enc_01111914_ad-beatissimi-apostolorum_en.html)

Oh, I forgot to mention, this was Benedict XV,speaking almost a hundred years ago on this very matter. The church is always ahead of the times, but something is slow at digesting the wisdom of itself. One of our team reflected that the mission of the non-catholic Christian organization 1life had already been proclaimed by Vatican II 40 years ago. :)

1 comment:

  1. But then shouldn't we come under all of these labels. I'm disturbed by them, perhaps because I don't fit neatly under any one of them, and they frequently are so divisive. However I would say that any sincere Christian must be urged to "cry out that Jesus is Lord" if they are in a significant relationship with Him. But this "shouting" I feel must be more through the witness of his life, and not so much with his mouth. Wasn't it St. Francis who said, "Only use words when absolutely necessary!" Also I'm very unsure of the interpretation of "Liberal". Perhaps in the next blog "Thought".

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