Porta Fidei 12: Institutional Guidance

The CDF assignment:

12. In this Year, then, the Catechism of the Catholic Church will serve as a tool providing real support for the faith, especially for those concerned with the formation of Christians, so crucial in our cultural context. To this end, I have invited the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, by agreement with the competent Dicasteries of the Holy See, to draw up a Note, providing the Church and individual believers with some guidelines on how to live this Year of Faith in the most effective and appropriate ways, at the service of belief and evangelization.

This resource is here.

To a greater extent than in the past, faith is now being subjected to a series of questions arising from a changed mentality which, especially today, limits the field of rational certainties to that of scientific and technological discoveries. Nevertheless, the Church has never been afraid of demonstrating that there cannot be any conflict between faith and genuine science, because both, albeit via different routes, tend towards the truth.[Fides et Ratio 34, 106]

I don’t know that this tells the whole story. The institutional church still desires a certain regard in and by the world. And yet, that is not what we’re here for. The institution also has a mixed history with rationalism. The Church has very much engaged rationalism, to a degree. And we’ve struggled against it. It’s a complex history, and given the rational elements of our tradition (apologetics, scholasticism, etc.) it’s part of us too.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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