Pope St Pius X explains what loving the Pope really entails.
(11-20-2012, 07:38 PM)Phillipus Iacobus Wrote:
(11-20-2012, 07:15 PM)Scotus Wrote: If faith is no more than obedience to a command from a superior, in this case God Revealing, then might not that species of belief which is owed to the non-infallible teachings of the authentic magisterium, viz. religious assent, be equally something to be commanded by the magisterium qua subject?

I would say that the teaching of the Church, Sacred Scripture (e.g. St. Paul on "let him be anathema") etc. would show that it is not mere obedience to a superior. No one can command me to believe that e.g. Mary was not conceived without Original Sin.
Yes, but what I am saying is there has developed a mentality that sees faith as essentially obedience and this has influenced how recent Popes have approached the office of teaching.

This is what Dr Lamont writes in this regard:

Quote:This conception of faith as obedience to authority, and the general nominalist outlook from which it sprang, had an important influence on the debate over religious liberty and the production of Dignitatis humanae. It meant that objections about Dignitatis humanae contradicting previous teaching were not taken very seriously by most bishops at the council. If one's fundamental model of faith is that of obeying a command rather than that of grasping reality, it is psychologically easier to accept a Church pronouncement that seems hard to reconcile with earlier teachings, because it is quite permissible--and even necessary-- for an authority to issue one command at one time, and a contrary command at a later time. The effect of this fundamental model can be seen in the expression "the contemporary magisterium." Theologically this expression is nonsensical, because there is only one Church with one teaching office, and the pronouncements of this teaching office, from the apostles to our own time, are to be interpreted as a whole. If however these teachings are seen as commands, it is reasonable to conceive of a "contemporary magisterium" distinct from the past magisterium, and to conceive of the deliverances of the former as superseding those of the latter. The continued debates over the morality of contraception and the possibility of women's ordination reflect this conception of the faith (as well as the acceptance of notions of the historical conditioning of doctrine criticized above). Church teachings on these subjects are conceived of as orders that could in theory be countermanded, rather than as what they in fact are--descriptions of reality that are true beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Re: Pope St Pius X explains what loving the Pope really entails. - by Scotus - 11-21-2012, 04:59 AM

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