Thursday, January 3, 2008

Pope Benedict's Affirmative Orthodoxy

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter has a smart description of Pope Benedict's efforts. This is a MUST for those who want to know in what direction Rome, and hopefully all Catholics, are moving.

John Allen identifies "Affirmative Orthodoxy" as the emerging "interpretive key to Benedict's papacy." What is "Affirmative Orthodoxy?" "A tenacious defense of the core elements of classic Catholic doctrine, but presented in a relentlessly positive key...In effect, Benedict's project is to reintroduce Christianity from the ground up, in terms of what it's for rather than what it's against."

In Benedict's own words, quoted by Allen, "Christianity, Catholicism, isn't a collection of prohibitions: it's a positive option. It's very important that we look at it again because this ideas has almost completely disappeared today. We've heard so much about what is not allowed that now it's time to say: we have a positive idea to offer."

Do please read this article. I think I will for a third time...

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