Thursday, June 3, 2010

Question Authority

It was perhaps the foundational mantra of the 60’s, and it’s truth is no more clearly revealed than in the sexual abuse of children by priests, who most Catholic parents have—though certainly not as much now—taught their children are men of God to whom one’s faith and trust can be wholly directed.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church however, is clear that it is only God to whom this level of faith should be directed.

“150 Faith is first of all a personal adherence of man to God. At the same time, and inseparably, it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed. As personal adherence to God and assent to his truth, Christian faith differs from our faith in any human person. It is right and just to entrust oneself wholly to God and to believe absolutely what he says. It would be futile and false to place such faith in a creature.”