GeE 43: The Limits of Reason

See the source imageHuman beings are gifted with vast intelligence, the ability to use the mind to reason beyond animal instinct. It places us at the very top of the planet’s ecosystem, five million years past primates descending from trees and dodging predators on the plains of Africa.

43. It is not easy to grasp the truth that we have received from the Lord. And it is even more difficult to express it. So we cannot claim that our way of understanding this truth authorizes us to exercise a strict supervision over others’ lives. Here I would note that in the Church there legitimately coexist different ways of interpreting many aspects of doctrine and Christian life; in their variety, they “help to express more clearly the immense riches of God’s word”.

It’s part of the meaning of being a “catholic” Church–our wide and varied approach to God from many different places, in numerous ways.

Pope Francis is a skeptic on “confusion.” as we all should be:

It is true that “for those who long for a monolithic body of doctrine guarded by all and leaving no room for nuance, this might appear as undesirable and leading to confusion”.[Evangelii Gaudium 40] Indeed, some currents of gnosticism scorned the concrete simplicity of the Gospel and attempted to replace the trinitarian and incarnate God with a superior Unity, wherein the rich diversity of our history disappeared.

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.

 

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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