Benedict: Take Joy in the Good of our Separated Brethren
(10-03-2012, 09:40 AM)SouthpawLink Wrote: I completely agree with you.  Your example reminds me of the post I had planned on making:  It appears as if Pope Benedict only ever speaks of what's good about Protestantism (he doesn't even think they should be called heretics anymore), rather than emphasizing their urgent need to convert to the Catholic Faith for the sake of their salvation.

As you implied earlier, it's obvious that actual grace and good works are to be found outside the Church (cf. Denz. 1025, 1027, 1379, 1388.).

In an attempt to persuade people, positive statements are more effective than negative statements. Why? Because positive statements encourage a continued action, whereas negative statements discourage continued action, and actually don't register in our subconscious properly. (Think about it. We are "be"-ings.) This leads to either a rebellion (a further separation) or a false conformity (routine). It does not lead to a positive action towards holiness and transformation of life. Negative statements can be rephrased in a positive manner, or they can be stated with an immediate follow-up of positive ways to correct the negative, giving tools to work with. It is scientifically established that positive statements are more conducive to a vibrant and flourishing community (whether a family, a work team, the Church, or the world).

Also at any given time there can be an emphasis placed on one of the aspects of persuasion: the logos (appeal to logic), pathos (appeal to emotion), or ethos (appeal to the "ethic" of the audience in regard to the character of the speaker).

Benedict rightly has stated that the traditional definition of heresy does not properly belong to most Protestants because they have inherited their situation. They are not in the same circumstances as the originators who were in the Church, were educated in the Faith, and embraced a heresy while in their maturity. Protestants are baptized into the Church, but receive instruction in the truths of the Faith and the heresies, without distinction. They are nurtured in this from youth by their parents and pastors, who themselves were nurtured in them. So while they technically are heretics, that title in regard to most of them is meaningless in the pursuit of full communion with them. The approach which is greater is to show them how their circumstances are incomplete, and how they can come to a fuller love and service to the Christ they love only in the bosom of the one unified Church. We for our part should take joy in their goodness, and encourage them to further acts of love and devotion. We should be friendly, and discuss with them how the incomplete vision can be completed.

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Re: Benedict: Take Joy in the Good of our Separated Brethren - by Scriptorium - 10-03-2012, 12:01 PM

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