Benedict: Take Joy in the Good of our Separated Brethren
(10-22-2012, 11:49 AM)James02 Wrote: Vox, you see nothing wrong with this?  Not even a little problem?  Just a great speech?

Pope Leo Wrote:The practice of the Church has always been the same, as is shown by the unanimous teaching of the Fathers, who were wont to hold as outside Catholic communion, and alien to the Church, whoever would recede in the least degree from any point of doctrine proposed by her authoritative Magisterium

Leo the Great Wrote:"Wherefore, since outside the Catholic Church there is nothing undefiled, the Apostle declaring that 'all that is not of faith is sin,' we are in no way likened with those who are divided from the unity of the Body of Christ; we are joined in no communion"

Pope Benedict Wrote:  It can also occur that in the Church herself sometimes there is a failure to value and to appreciate, in a spirit of profound communion, the good things done by various ecclesial groups.

Hat tip to southpaw.

Just to be exact: the first two quotes talk about communion. The third talks about a "spirit of profound communion."

I'm not sure what that is, but it's not the same thing. Pope Benedict could easily be talking about an approach ruled by charity which seeks to begin a relationship with those outside of Catholic communion, in order to establish what is held in common first.

The first two quotes also talk about the non-Catholics groups and their status. The third talks about the Church's approach (the "failure to value and appreciate.")

I don't know ... I'm not comfortable with the phrase. It's not clear. But there's no obvious contradiction either.
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Re: Benedict: Take Joy in the Good of our Separated Brethren - by newyorkcatholic - 10-22-2012, 12:10 PM



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