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19 June 2006

How does this work?

Random Catholic girl claims: faith is nothing at all tangible. it is simply believing in God; and like sight, it is nothing apart from its object. you might as well shut your eyes and look inside to see whether you have sight as to look inside to discover whether you have faith...

Vatican I says: If anyone says that divine revelation cannot be made credible by external signs, and that therefore men and women ought to be moved to faith only by each one's internal experience or private inspiration: let him be anathema.

Comments anyone?

9 comments:

James said...

Amen.

Nick Milne said...

Is "Random Catholic girl" some hip, insider slang for "the Spirit of Vatican II?" Because I would not be surprised to see such a spirit invoked to support such an assertion, however wrongly.

Raindear said...

Have you ever been to a Melkite Catholic liturgy? On Orthodoxy Sunday, they have this great litany of chanted anathemas, sort of like this...

To all those say that Mary is not the Mother of God, Theotokos most holy...Anathema,anathema, anaaaathema...

Papa Beatus Pius IX said...

I'm pretty sure the girl from whom I heard this ascribes to much of the spirit of V2.

Jess said...

Random Catholic girl is throwing the sacraments (i.e. visible signs of internal grace) pretty far out the window. what's not tangible about a man hanging on a cross? a baby in a manger? a priest giving someone last rites? a baby being baptized?

Maybe she's confusing the lyrics of the song "imagine" with Catholic theology.

Raindear said...

She is the product of a materialist, post-Enlightenment world which has no time for the spiritual. Essentially, she denies that the intangible or immaterial are knowable as REAL and TRUE. If that is the case, what is the point of faith anyways?

Altissimus Pius XIII said...

"Maybe she's confusing the lyrics of the song 'imagine' with Catholic theology."

ARGHWWRAGGHHH!!!!!!!

We greatly appreciate The Beatle; but we abhor "Imagine" and Mr. Lennon's skewed idealisms.

Just thought we'd rant.

Jess said...

"We greatly appreciate The Beatle; but we abhor "Imagine" and Mr. Lennon's skewed idealisms."

Agreed, but the skewed "isms" are worse in our own kind!!!

Thomas Shawn said...

Meeting random catholic girl ..... back away slooooowly. What she describes has also been termed "that special funny feeling." (I forget where)

Another Beatle tune:
Turn off your mind
and float down stream
This is not dying
This is not dying