Discover Our Best-Kept Secret
Here is a taste of part 2 of the series I am doing for the Catholic Weekly:
We noted that both of these phenomena are not so much lies as inflamed or cancerous truth. Somebody gets one single truth fixed in their head as the Only Thing That Matters and then weaponises that truth to attack other equally important truths.
The more important that one truth is, the harder it is to get the heretic to see that the truths he attacks are also important because every attempt to do so seems to him an attempt to tear down or belittle his idolised truth.
The Catholic genius is its capacity to embrace both/and thinking and avoid either/or manias. To be sure, the Tradition can also grasp that certain things are either/or questions (“Either Jesus is God or he is not”).
But it is also subtle and wise enough to know that most either/or questions are false alternatives (for instance, “Either Jesus is God or he is man”).
The great heresies have, again and again, embraced such false alternatives and have, again and again, been defeated by the capaciousness of the Catholic worldview which reminds us that God is sovereign and we have free will, that the Father is God and so is the Son and the Spirit, that the Son is both fully God and fully man, that we are saved by faith and works, Scripture is both inspired and the work of human beings, etc.
The same holds true with the Church’s moral tradition, expressed in the Church’s social teaching. That teaching has four basic pillars:
The Dignity of the Human Person
The Common Good
As with all the Church’s teaching, these aspects of Catholic Social Doctrine are intended to be understood in harmony with one another, not in conflict or competition. Think of them as the four legs on the throne upon which sits Adam, made in the image and likeness of God.
Much more here. Look for the conclusion in this space soon.