Failure to "Think with the Church": a familiar problem here in Australia too…

Pope to Bishops in the US:

This is aggravated by an individualistic and eclectic approach to faith and religion: far from a Catholic approach to “thinking with the Church”, each person believes he or she has a right to pick and choose, maintaining external social bonds but without an integral, interior conversion to the law of Christ. Consequently, rather than being transformed and renewed in mind, Christians are easily tempted to conform themselves to the spirit of this age (cf. Rom 12:3).

Sound like anyone we know?

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2 Responses to Failure to "Think with the Church": a familiar problem here in Australia too…

  1. Fraser Pearce says:

    Could this ‘law of Christ’ business have something to do with sound doctrine?

    Would that mean maintaining external social bonds without agreement in doctrine would be, for the pope, problematic?

    Last comment for today!

    Fraser

  2. Schütz says:

    It is in fact the very bonds of communion which make necessary the living out the shared faith of the Church.

    Maintaining external communion without shared faith would of course impossible, BUT we should not conclude from this that if our faith should differ from the Church’s faith, our obligation is to separate ourselves from the Church.

    On the contrary, within the bonds of love and faith, the obligation which flows from our shared communion in the Church is the obligation to be faithful to the Church’s teaching.

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