Sunday, January 11, 2015
2:30-4.30 pm – program
4:30-5:00 pm ANNUAL Membership meeting of
CTA Metro NY Chapter
20 Washington Square North
Please join the brief ANNUAL membership meeting after the presentation. In addition to the annual board member elections there will be Chapter updates including on the Spring Fund Raiser Memorial for Sr. Mary Nerney and support for the Steps program for incarcerated victims of domestic violence.
ONE OF THE BEST KEPT SECRETS OF THE CHURCH
Beliefs of the 99% &
Laity’s Veto Power
Presenter: John Barry Ryan, S.T.D.
SUGGESTED DONATION $10
Does the dogma or theology make sense with the Gospel?
“By means of the sensus fidelium, the people of God intuitively senses what in a multitude of ideas and doctrines presented to it actually corresponds to the Gospel, and can therefore be received (by the Laity).”
International Theological Commission, Chapter 1, Para 83.
As the Church we have an instinct for the needs of the Church…
“….what is common in all cases (of sensus fidelium) is an active solidarity with the Church, coming from the heart, a feeling of fellowship with other members of the faithful and with the Church as a whole, and an instinct thereby for what the needs of and dangers to the Church are.”
International Theological Commission, Chapter 1, para 90
Dr. Ryan will present, “Sensus Fidelium: We’ve Only Just Begun.”
He will discuss what’s new fifty years after Lumen Gentium’s promotion of the sensus fidelium and what are its limits and possibilities now that it appears to have been given new life under Pope Francis.
Eugene Cullen Kennedy, writing in the NCR in July, 2014 quoted Fordham theologian Bradford Hinze saying that Catholics may deny assent to church teachings if they do not recognize in that teaching “the voice of Christ”. In this Hinze is following Aquinas who taught that whenever there is conflict
between one’s conscience and church teaching one must one’s conscience.
Kennedy sees this as a good description of “reception” “which has been understood as one of the gifts of the church from its beginnings.”
Reception is defined in the Harper Collins Encyclopedia of Catholicism as a process whereby the faithful accept teachings of the church. In the ancient church confessions of faith, liturgies, and decrees of councils received general recognition and authority by reception. Reception by the believing community has always been the test of whether a teaching is to be regarded as authoritative or not.
The canon of scriptural books was decided through reception by the community of believers. The non-reception of Pope Paul VI’s restatement of the church’s ban on birth control is understood as rejection by the believing community.
When non-reception occurs, the teaching in question is erroneous, inadequately expressed, or judged unbelievable by the majority of faithful Catholics. Among teachings from which assent is being largely withheld
in the industrialized West: same-sex marriage, homosexuality, divorce-remarriage-Eucharist.
John Barry Ryan, S.T.D. (Institut Catholique de Paris), B.A. and Licentiate in Theology (University of Strasbourg, France), Diploma in Liturgy (Institut Supérieur de Liturgie, Paris), Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Manhattan College, Former Associate Director of the Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy, Founding Member and Former President of the North American Academy of Liturgy, author of books and articles on liturgical subjects and on Native American Peoples.
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