Vatican I About The Spirit Of V II


From Ite ad Thomam, some clear words about the proper way to understand Catholic doctrine. They are from Chapter 4,  par. 13 to 15 of Dei Filius. Emphases mine.

13. For the doctrine of the faith which God has revealed is put forward not as some philosophical discovery capable of being perfected by human intelligence, but as a divine deposit committed to the spouse of Christ to be faithfully protected and infallibly promulgated.

14. Hence, too, that meaning of the sacred dogmas is ever to be maintained which has once been declared by Holy mother Church, and there must never be any abandonment of this sense under the pretext or in the name of a more profound understanding.

May understanding, knowledge and wisdom increase as ages and centuries roll along, and greatly and vigorously flourish, in each and all, in the individual and the whole Church: but this only in its own proper kind, that is to say, in the same doctrine, the same sense, and the same understanding.

Once again:  this is short and sweet, and presents a very important point of Catholic understanding in three short paragraphs. 

Decidedly, this lucidity of expression has been lost nowadays. If you ask me, this is because in past times such documents were  written with no consideration for the feelings of those who might have been – or have told themselves – offended by them.


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