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“St. Vincent of Lerins makes a comparison between the biological development of man and the transmission from one era to another of the deposit of faith, which grows and is strengthened with time … The view of the church’s teaching as a monolith to defend without nuance or different understandings is wrong.”

Pope Francis, “12,000 words interview”, Civilta’ Cattolica/America Magazine, 2013.

“Finally, I declare that I am completely opposed to the error of the modernists who hold that … dogma may be tailored according to what seems better and more suited to the culture of each age; rather, that the absolute and immutable truth preached by the apostles from the beginning may never be believed to be different, may never be understood in any other way.”

Pope St Pius X, “Oath against Modernism”, 1910.

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Posted on March 21, 2014, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Dear M,

    Is it the case that the interpretation of the teaching of the apostles does not change over time? Perhaps it can be seen thus: That the teaching for all people in all places and times is encoded in the words of the Bible, but that the appropriate teaching for one in any given situation only becomes apparent to them when the situation is experienced, when they choose to reflect on the words of the Bible at that moment.

    In other words, the Bible has hermeneutic depth – it has a liminal (obvious) meaning, but also a personal meaning, which becomes apparent to the individual as their personal context interacts with what they read.

    I have heard it said that Christianity is the only forward-looking religion. If this is so then a component of this must be in the ability of its teaching to mean something to everyone who perceives it, whenever they perceive it. It must be atemporal – designed by God outside time, therefore not constrained in its content to what was known to humanity only at the time it was put to paper.

    • Soundbites.
      Truth is truth.
      As you grow, the truth will become more apparent to you, but there is no Truth you can tailor to yourself, in the sense that it is different for you than for another one.
      I found amusing that you tried to reconciled an obviously subversive statement with… hearsay Christianity.
      We are faithful Catholics here. We don’t make our theology as we go along.
      And by the way this is very serious: I suggest that you look back (to 2000 years of Tradition) rather than to a “forward” that, the way you seem to put it, can be filled with pretty much all the content one wants. Truth is valid for all times, and Truth is nothing that is “constrained” in any way.
      M

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