Thursday, May 6, 2010

Want to criticize the pastor, bishop, pope, or Church? Read this first....

Rev. John Trigilio, PhD. ThD. - EWTN personality, author, speaker and President of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy has an excellent catechetical post up: May the Laity be Critical of it's Pastor, Bishop, Pope, Church?   Here is one small excerpt:

On matters of faith and morals, the official teaching of the Church as elucidated by the Magisterium requires that we ACCEPT. We are to give an ASSENT of Faith to all defined dogmas. Rejecting any dogma is DISSENT and it is a serious offense and grave sin. Revelation is the disclosure of supernatural truths by God to man and which are necessary for our salvation. Unlike Science which learns empirical truth by observation and philosophy which discovers rational truth by deductive and inductive reasoning, theology on the other hand, knows religious truth by divine revelation. "From God's lips to our ears" so to speak.

Consequently, no scientist can DISSENT from the equation 2+2=4 or that water is H2O. Likewise, no theologian and no believer can deny the divinity of Christ, the Real Presence, the Virgin Birth, the Immaculate Conception, et al. It is not academic freedom for Catholic colleges to pay professors who deny Magisterial teachings.

I've used similar examples myself.  There are objective truths, not just in mathematics and chemistry, but in matters of faith and morals.  Christ sacrificed Himself in the ultimate act of love for us.  How do we love God back? Choose obedience (Luke 10:16)

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The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!