In this group members will read and discuss Papal Documents together. Great opportunity to examine various key encyclicals and other writings!

  • John, I think you have said all that needs to be said about this passage. What it proves is that Christians forget to look to their faith’s history and end up making the same mistakes that we saw in the early centuries of Christianity. The ones treated here are Christological errors, but there are others which people are continually repeating b…[Read more]

  • This week’s passage continues last week’s, which began:

    The doctrine of faith must be firmly believed which proclaims that Jesus of Nazareth, son of Mary, and he alone, is the Son and the Word of the Father. The Word, which “was in the beginning with God” is the same as he who “became flesh”.

    Last week, in short, underlined the truth that the ev…[Read more]

  • This week’s passage:

    Similarly, the doctrine of faith regarding the unicity of the salvific economy willed by the One and Triune God must be firmly believed, at the source and centre of which is the mystery of the incarnation of the Word, mediator of divine grace on the level of creation and redemption (cf. Col 1:15-20), he who recapitulates a…[Read more]

  • We see in this week’s passage the Church’s reply to the two heresies considered last week. This reply points out that both of these heresies violate the two most important dogmas of Christianity, mentioned at the beginning of the Declaration: the Trinity and the Incarnation.

    The quotes from Scripture in the first paragraph point out that the Inc…[Read more]

  • This week’s passage:

    These theses are in profound conflict with the Christian faith. The doctrine of faith must be firmly believed which proclaims that Jesus of Nazareth, son of Mary, and he alone, is the Son and the Word of the Father. The Word, which “was in the beginning with God” (Jn 1:2) is the same as he who “became flesh” (Jn 1:14). In…[Read more]

  • This week’s text gives us a look at two heresies. Jennie dealt with second; I will investigate the first.

    The idea of a non-exclusive Messiah is the result of relativist thinking. I have encountered a large number of people, even among Christians, who believe that truth is only available piecemeal. For them, bits of information may be gleaned f…[Read more]

  • Furthermore, to justify the universality of Christian salvation as well as the fact of religious pluralism, it has been proposed that there is an economy of the eternal Word that is valid also outside the Church and is unrelated to her, in addition to an economy of the incarnate Word.

    One thing that has struck me, both in Familiaris Consortio and…[Read more]

  • I think people adhere to these ideas because they are “nice” and they really don’t want to exclude or offend anyone, but of course Scripture, and Jesus himself, does not allow for the theory at all. He proclaimed that, “I am the WAY, and the TRUTH, and the LIFE”, and that nobody comes to the Father except through Jesus. Right away that eliminates…[Read more]

  • This week’s passage:

    In contemporary theological reflection there often emerges an approach to Jesus of Nazareth that considers him a particular, finite, historical figure, who reveals the divine not in an exclusive way, but in a way complementary with other revelatory and salvific figures. The Infinite, the Absolute, the Ultimate Mystery of G…[Read more]

  • The Catholic acceptance of truth, wherever and however it manifests itself, is perhaps unique among the world’s religions.

    Because of my background, I still have a knee-jerk reaction against the Catholic approach.  If Christianity is true (so goes the reasoning), then all else must be false!

    Notwithstanding my distaste, the Catholic approach ac…[Read more]

  • Jennie and I discussed this segment of the text during our weekly moderators’ meeting. I think we are in substantial agreement on the general flow of the argument, but I do have a different perspective on a few points.

    First, regarding the renewed appearance of deviation in the English version of the text as versus other language versions (…[Read more]

  • The first paragraph – the idea of sacred texts other than Scripture being valuable in that they can still bring man to God – is an idea peculiarly Catholic in my mind. It certainly was not something I ever came across in the Protestant sects which I was involved in over the years. In fact, in some circles, entirely the opposite view was taken.…[Read more]

  • We have some more quirky translation this week.  I don’t know how much it affects the substance of the argument, but it’s still a little weird, so here it is:

    their life-relationship with God

    The Latin has suam cum Deo religionis relationem, which is more literally, their relationship of religion with God.  To me, this seems to say that the pag…[Read more]

  • This week’s passage:

    The hypothesis of the inspired value of the sacred writings of other religions is also put forward. Certainly, it must be recognized that there are some elements in these texts which may be de facto instruments by which countless people throughout the centuries have been and still are able today to nourish and maintain t…[Read more]

  • It has only been recently that I have become aware of the Catholic view of other religions and their writings being described as man searching for God under his own steam, whereas the Christian religion and writings describe how God has been searching for us. It makes sense especially when you realize that Christianity is a revealed faith.

    I…[Read more]

  • Faith… involves a dual adherence: to God who reveals and to the truth which he reveals, out of the trust which one has in him who speaks.

    Christianity is a revealed religion: God speaks and we respond. Its validity does not depend on my acceptance; it is true regardless of my attitude. It does not depend on my knowledge or interpretation, but on G…[Read more]

  • I apologise for the delay in posting this week’s reading. I was convinced that I had already posted it yesterday!

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