Benedict: Take Joy in the Good of our Separated Brethren
(10-23-2012, 09:48 AM)TrentCath Wrote: It may surprise you but yes I do actually expect a pope to uphold the uniqueness of the Church and not try and claim that actually it doesn't matter whether you are Catholic or not as we are all working together for the same goal in different ways, that this reflects Gods infinite imagination, that we should recognise the purported good done by non catholics and deprecate holy mother the Church.

And yet he has said none of these things. The Pope teaches that the Church is unique. "The Catholic faithful are required to profess that there is an historical continuity rooted in the apostolic succession between the Church founded by Christ and the Catholic Church: This is the single Church of Christ. ... This Church, constituted and organized as a society in the present world, subsists in [subsistit in] the Catholic Church, governed by the Successor of Peter and by the Bishops in communion with him. With the expression subsistit in, the Second Vatican Council sought to harmonize two doctrinal statements: on the one hand, that the Church of Christ, despite the divisions which exist among Christians, continues to exist fully only in the Catholic Church, and on the other hand, that outside of her structure, many elements can be found of sanctification and truth" (Dominus Jesus, 16). Nor does he hold that being Catholic or not doesn't matter, or that we all work for the same goal. Just recently he drew attention to the lack in the document Nostra Aetate, that it did not address the negative aspects of religion ("sick and distorted forms of religion"). And everyone knows, if they think about it, that this is his opinion because ecumenism would never be a priority if we all didn't care about divisions. The ecumenical movement is an attempt to bridge the divisions. So on its face ecumenism itself already proves that the divisions matter to each interlocutor. Furthermore, there are two reasons which suggest that the Pope's message is timely. One, in order to love your neighbor, you need to find something loveable about him. Finding good in his actions is a place to begin. In our time of division, hatred, bickering, and jealousy, this seems to be a corrective. Two, it affirms God's actions amongst all people. His grace truly does extend to all. It is this extension of grace to those outside that makes a conversion even a possibility. Our joy in this prompting builds us up in our faith in Christ, and creates circumstances in which further acts are prompted. Since Benedict presupposes 1) that the acts are good, and are marked 2) by a right intention and respect, Benedict has already disqualified your objections especially the ones relating to deprecating the Church.
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