30 November 2006

Semper Reformanda

Today's Episcopal Church news added to the study I was already engaged in reminded me of Avery Cardinal Dulles limpidly clear piece of a few years ago in First Things, called "True and False Reform." Among his principles for trye reform was this:

5) A reform that is Catholic in spirit will seek to maintain communion with the whole body of the Church, and will avoid anything savoring of schism or factionalism. St. Paul speaks of anger, dissension, and party spirit as contrary to the Spirit of God (Galatians 5:20). To be Catholic is precisely to see oneself as part of a larger whole, to be inserted in the Church universal.

Here's the whole thing - a brief and very worthwhile read.


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