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Monday, July 09, 2007

All Things Motu Proprio

... are covered in what seems to be a really excellent way at the Universal Indult Blog. Check it out. And don't miss Holy Whapping on point either.

As for me, I'm very happy. We Roman Catholics are reminded that the Church's liturgies are not about us and our perceptions, but about our Lord, and that they are 'for' us only in as much as they prepare us for the final Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Bene. Benedict is a generous and pastoral liturgist. Bene. We have affirmed the fact that the Church, as a timeless and universal institution, has a corresponding language- one that is timeless and universal. Bene. And we have reached out to those poor French discontents. Bene.

And, we also have the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith speaking very clearly on a critical point of ecclesiology, e.g., is the Catholic Church the one and only....?

From RORATE CÆLI: New Document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: The "Church of Christ" and the Catholic Church

Andrea Tornielli reports today in Il Giornale that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is about to release a Doctrinal Document stating in definitive and clear terms the interpretation of the Lumen Gentium passage according to which, "Haec ...unica Christi Ecclesia ... in hoc mundo ut societas constituta et ordinata, subsistit in Ecclesia catholica" ("this Church of Christ ... constituted and organized in the world as a society, subsists in the Catholic Church") The Church of Christ is not distinct or distinguishable from the Catholic Church, which is the only one to possess "all elements of the Church instituted by Jesus". The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will confirm it next week, responding to "doubts" [dubia] raised in the past few years. The doctrinal stand of the former Holy Office should be accompanied by an authoritative theological comment on the pages of L'Osservatore Romano. At the center of the debate is once again the meaning of the verb "subsists", used by the Council in the Constitution Lumen Gentium, where it is said that the only Church of Christ "subsists in the Catholic Church" (in Latin, "subsistit in"). Words which, in the course of the years, have suffered several interpretations, including the one according to which Jesus in reality had not thought of founding a Church and, in case he had, it would have afterwards divided itself in various Churches and ecclesial communities. Therefore, there would not be the true Church of Christ anymore, but only several expressions of it. This recurrent thesis has already been repeatedly denied by the Popes. In 1973, with the declaration Mysterium Ecclesiae, of Paul VI; in 1985, with the notification of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on a book of liberation theologian Leonardo Boff; in 1992, with the Letter to the Bishops Communionis Notio, and, finally, in 2000, with the declaration Dominus Iesus, approved by John Paul II.