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ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE

ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE

The very idea of Christianity in its profession and history… is a definite message from God to man distinctly conveyed by his chosen instruments, and to be received as such a message; and therefore to be positively acknowledged, embraced, and maintained as true, on the ground of its being divine, not as true on intrinsic grounds, not as probably true, or partially true, but as absolutely certain knowledge, certain in a sense in which nothing else can be certain, because it comes from him who can neither deceive nor be deceived.

– From: Bl. John Henry Newman; The certainty of Faith. G. A., 386-87

 

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INTERNATIONAL GATHERING OF PRIESTS PLEDGE THEIR FIDELITY TO CHURCH TEACHING

“Unwavering fidelity”

“An international gathering of English I speaking clergy has issued a statement pledging its ‘unwavering fidelity’ to the traditional doctrines of the Church teaching on marriage and sexuality ahead of the family synod.

The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, whose members came from America, Britain, Australia and Ireland, voted unanimously on a statement which said: ‘The fathers pledge their unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality as proclaimed in the Word of God and set out clearly in the Church’s Ordinary and Universal Magisterium.’

‘Importance of upholding the Church’s traditional discipline regarding the reception of the sacraments’

The British branch of the confraternity was established following Benedict XVI’s Year for Priests in 2010 with the aim of promoting ‘fidelity to Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, the Magisterium, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Holy Father’.

The confraternity statement concluded by affirming the ‘importance of upholding the Church’s traditional discipline regarding the reception of the sacraments’, adding that ‘doctrine and practice must remain firmly and inseparably in harmony.'”

– This article was published in the Catholic Herald magazine, issue 6693. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link)

 

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“THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES TO MEET US AND KINDLES FAITH IN US”

“On … Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles, let us prayerfully reflect on some of the words contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Holy Spirit.

‘The HOLY SPIRIT comes to meet us and kindles faith in us. By virtue of our Baptism, the first sacrament of the faith, the Holy Spirit in the Church communicates to us, intimately and personally, the life that originates in the Father and is offered to us in the Son.’ (Section 683).

‘The Holy Spirit is at work with the Father and the Son from the beginning to the completion of the plan for our salvation. But in these ‘end times’, ushered in by the Son’s redeeming Incarnation, the Spirit is revealed and given, recognised and welcomed in a person. Now can this divine plan, accomplished in Christ, the firstborn and head of the new creation, be embodied in mankind by the outpouring of the Spirit: as the Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.’ (section 686)

The Church, a communion living in the faith of the apostles which she transmits, is the place where we know the Holy Spirit:

• In the Scripture he inspired;

• In the Tradition, to which the Church Fathers are already witnesses;

• In the Church’s Magisterium, which he assists;

• In the sacramental liturgy, through its words and symbols, in which the Holy Spirit puts us in communion with Christ;

• In prayer, wherein he intercedes for us;

• In the charisms and ministries by which the Church is built up;

• In the signs of apostolic and missionary life;

• In the witness of saints through whom he manifests his holiness and continues the work of salvation (section 688).”
– From “Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris” (June 2014)

 

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POPE FRANCIS GETS A LOT OF PUBLICITY – MUST I BELIEVE EVERYTHING HE’S ALLEGEDLY SAID?

QUESTION: “‘Some of the things that Pope Francis [is reported to have] said have troubled me…’

ANSWER:

1. OFFICIAL TEACHING

‘When the Pope, as shepherd and teacher of all the faithful, solemnly defines a matter of faith or morals, we must give that teaching the assent of faith. The Second Vatican Council reminded us that even when he uses his teaching authority or ‘magisterium’ in a lesser, non-infallible way, we should give that teaching the religious assent of mind and will. Such would be the case with encyclicals or other formal apostolic teaching documents.’

2. POPES ALSO EXERCISE THEIR PASTORAL MINISTRY IN MORE INFORMAL WAYS

‘Popes also exercise their pastoral ministry in more informal ways by giving sermons or talks. In these cases we are not obliged to the same level of assent, although of course we would always respect the teaching of the Holy Father.’

EXAMPLE OF POPE EM. BENEDICT

‘By way of example, Pope Benedict explained in the foreword to ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ that the book was not an exercise of magisterial teaching and that ‘everyone is free to contradict me’ though he asked for a spirit of goodwill in response to his ‘personal search for the face of the Lord’. The same would apply to the informal teaching of Pope Francis. Indeed, the Holy Father has shown his friendly desire for discussion and consultation in his relations with those who have taken issue with some of the things he has said.’

A CLEAR DIFFERENCE

‘According to the teaching of the Church, the Pope has universal ordinary jurisdiction, but there is a clear and obvious difference between the exercise of the formal power of jurisdiction and suggestions that are put forward for good-natured discussion.’

ANY POPE HAS BEEN ENTRUSTED WITH A GREAT BURDEN

‘As Catholics, we should always have a love and respect for the person of the Holy Father who has been entrusted with a great burden of pastoral care. We must pray for him, asking the Lord to assist him in his ministry. Pope Francis has certainly generated goodwill in the media and we may rejoice in that, praying always that God will, in His providence, use the gifts and personal qualities of the Pope for the good of the Church in her mission to the world.”
– This article was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue December 13 2013. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 
 

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