Monday, September 21, 2009

The problem with the doctrine of the Canadian Church elites

SoCon or Bust has underscored in a long post the problem with the doctrine of the church elites by casting light on ichard Gaillardetz, a theologian who will speak at the upcoming Catholic Bishops' plenary session.

The posts is full of details of his positions.

But one of his most troubling positions to me is his stance that it is linguistically impossible to draw up an infallible proposition.

To me, this idea is an outflow of the philosophical trend to deny that our language can communicate philosophical ideas effectively.

This is dangerous.

Because it undermines such central beliefs of the faith as the ability of man to know God and the moral law through reason alone, and ultimately to know Jesus through one's personal investigation.

If the Church can't adequately express divine revelation, what's to say that the Sacred Authors of the Bible could do it, either?

It's madness.

The Church has always understood language to be adequate, and indeed, in our everyday communications it it.

These theologians are trying to split hairs to conform to the times.

But the church elites gloss over these fundamental mistakes. They allow free reign to any idea, as crazy as it is, and graduate seminarians and theologians who believe these things.

Then they wonder why their ability has gone down the toilet.

All the communication strategy in the world is not going to cover up for this serious neglect of duty.