Saturday, 20 August 2011

Bishop Kevin Dowling reflects on trends in the Church

Thanks to the Association of Catholic Priests for reposting Bishop Kevin Dowlings address to Laity in Cape Town, South Africa on June 1st this year.  The whole article is well worth reading and his final paragraph (which is hilarious) is reproduced here to whet your appetite !. Thankyou so much to Bishop Kevin.

“Over the Pope as expression of the binding claim of ecclesiastical authority, there stands one’s own conscience which must be obeyed before all else, even if necessary against the requirement of ecclesiastical authority. This emphasis on the individual, whose conscience confronts him with a supreme and ultimate tribunal, and one which in the last resort is beyond the claim of external social groups, even the official Church, also establishes a principle in opposition to increasing totalitarianism”.

(Joseph Ratzinger in: Commentary on the Documents of Vatican II,Vol. V., pg. 134 (Ed) H. Vorgrimler, New York, Herder and Herder, 1967).

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