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Re: Indulgences, Temporal Punishment, Purgatory, etc
« Reply #1710 on: January 31, 2012, 01:33:58 PM »
I think what is being said Maria, is that a priest such as Fr. Hardon, who is used to clarify RC teachings, can not be cast aside when it becomes inconvenient, by playing down their importance.

This is a little off-topic, but I wonder if you've ever seen this statement:

"Telling Catholics that they aren't perfect makes as much sense as telling fish they're wet. We know already. Move on."
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No, I haven't. however I was simply responding to Maria's comment about Fr. hardon being a simple parish priest, which was obviously not the case.


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In the Catholic Church, until you are made a cardinal because of the accuracy and fecundity of your writing, as in Avery Cardinal Dulles, then you are still, however many catechetical works you write, a simple parish priest.

If Father John is canonized, it will not be as a reward for his writing.  For that they make you a cardinal.

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Re: Indulgences, Temporal Punishment, Purgatory, etc
« Reply #1711 on: January 31, 2012, 05:38:56 PM »

And, by the way, Father Hardon is up for canonisation.

Sure.  And what makes you think he's any less of a heretic in the eyes of the Orthodox on account?

Is that the point?  The question really is whether he is a trustworthy transmitter of the Roman Catholic faith?

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« Reply #1712 on: January 31, 2012, 06:27:18 PM »

And, by the way, Father Hardon is up for canonisation.

Sure.  And what makes you think he's any less of a heretic in the eyes of the Orthodox on account?

Is that the point?  The question really is whether he is a trustworthy transmitter of the Roman Catholic faith?

As I have said: Father Hardon's catechesis is akin to the difference between a universal and a local catechism.   

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Re: Indulgences, Temporal Punishment, Purgatory, etc
« Reply #1713 on: January 31, 2012, 06:38:00 PM »

And, by the way, Father Hardon is up for canonisation.

Sure.  And what makes you think he's any less of a heretic in the eyes of the Orthodox on account?

Is that the point?  The question really is whether he is a trustworthy transmitter of the Roman Catholic faith?

As I have said: Father Hardon's catechesis is akin to the difference between a universal and a local catechism.   

Mary

I see. So the teachings of the Roman Catholic church can vary from place to place. Interesting. Thank you for the clarification.  :o ::)
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« Reply #1714 on: January 31, 2012, 07:53:50 PM »

And, by the way, Father Hardon is up for canonisation.

Sure.  And what makes you think he's any less of a heretic in the eyes of the Orthodox on account?

Is that the point?  The question really is whether he is a trustworthy transmitter of the Roman Catholic faith?

As I have said: Father Hardon's catechesis is akin to the difference between a universal and a local catechism.   
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What on earth would the difference be?  Shouldn't they both be teaching identically?  American....Irish.... Dutch.......... French..........what's the difference?

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Re: Indulgences, Temporal Punishment, Purgatory, etc
« Reply #1715 on: January 31, 2012, 08:52:39 PM »
As I have said: Father Hardon's catechesis is akin to the difference between a universal and a local catechism.   

Mary

I see. So the teachings of the Roman Catholic church can vary from place to place. Interesting. Thank you for the clarification.  :o ::)

Do you take issue with the terms "local council" and "ecumenical council"?  ???

Regarding the phrase "Roman Catholic church", I won't go into it here since there's already a thread on it, but I'm interested to hear your take on it.
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Re: Indulgences, Temporal Punishment, Purgatory, etc
« Reply #1716 on: January 31, 2012, 09:10:19 PM »
As I have said: Father Hardon's catechesis is akin to the difference between a universal and a local catechism.   

Mary

I see. So the teachings of the Roman Catholic church can vary from place to place. Interesting. Thank you for the clarification.  :o ::)

Do you take issue with the terms "local council" and "ecumenical council"?  ???
Either the teachings in the Roman Catholic Church on indulgences and purgatory vary according to locality, or they apply to the RCC as a whole. If the latter, then trying to split hairs by naming catechisms as "local" and "universal" is  irrelevant and pointless.
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Re: Indulgences, Temporal Punishment, Purgatory, etc
« Reply #1717 on: February 01, 2012, 02:48:50 AM »

And, by the way, Father Hardon is up for canonisation.

Sure.  And what makes you think he's any less of a heretic in the eyes of the Orthodox on account?

Is that the point?  The question really is whether he is a trustworthy transmitter of the Roman Catholic faith?

As I have said: Father Hardon's catechesis is akin to the difference between a universal and a local catechism.   

Mary

I see. So the teachings of the Roman Catholic church can vary from place to place. Interesting. Thank you for the clarification.  :o ::)

In some way that's true.  There are core truths and as long as one does not contradict the core, there is some room for variations in emphasis and expression.

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Re: Indulgences, Temporal Punishment, Purgatory, etc
« Reply #1718 on: February 01, 2012, 02:48:50 AM »
As I have said: Father Hardon's catechesis is akin to the difference between a universal and a local catechism.   

Mary

I see. So the teachings of the Roman Catholic church can vary from place to place. Interesting. Thank you for the clarification.  :o ::)

Do you take issue with the terms "local council" and "ecumenical council"?  ???
Either the teachings in the Roman Catholic Church on indulgences and purgatory vary according to locality, or they apply to the RCC as a whole. If the latter, then trying to split hairs by naming catechisms as "local" and "universal" is  irrelevant and pointless.

That is not at all true.  There are always local variants in the Church universal.  As long as a teaching does not threaten the core truth of any teaching, then some local variation is expected and tolerated.


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Re: Indulgences, Temporal Punishment, Purgatory, etc
« Reply #1719 on: February 01, 2012, 12:15:42 PM »
As I have said: Father Hardon's catechesis is akin to the difference between a universal and a local catechism.   

Mary

I see. So the teachings of the Roman Catholic church can vary from place to place. Interesting. Thank you for the clarification.  :o ::)

Do you take issue with the terms "local council" and "ecumenical council"?  ???
Either the teachings in the Roman Catholic Church on indulgences and purgatory vary according to locality, or they apply to the RCC as a whole. If the latter, then trying to split hairs by naming catechisms as "local" and "universal" is  irrelevant and pointless.

That is not at all true.  There are always local variants in the Church universal.  As long as a teaching does not threaten the core truth of any teaching, then some local variation is expected and tolerated.


I would say that the definitions above are just a tad outside of "some local variation".

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« Reply #1720 on: February 01, 2012, 12:37:30 PM »
So, rejections of certain dogmatic teachings are not considered threats to those teachings themselves and are therefore tolerated?  I'm thinking of the Melkites and Byzantine Rite communities that are in communion with Rome but reject 'Indulgences, Temporal Punishment, Purgatory, etc.' 

Then it would seem that they would get into more trouble if they re-interpolated these teachings in an objectionable way, thus threatening the the teachings themselves, rather than acknowledging them as the RCC proclaims them but rejecting their validity within their communities.

So, it would seem there is a more serious treatment of heresy rather than disbelief.  OK.


As I have said: Father Hardon's catechesis is akin to the difference between a universal and a local catechism.   

Mary

I see. So the teachings of the Roman Catholic church can vary from place to place. Interesting. Thank you for the clarification.  :o ::)

Do you take issue with the terms "local council" and "ecumenical council"?  ???
Either the teachings in the Roman Catholic Church on indulgences and purgatory vary according to locality, or they apply to the RCC as a whole. If the latter, then trying to split hairs by naming catechisms as "local" and "universal" is  irrelevant and pointless.

That is not at all true.  There are always local variants in the Church universal.  As long as a teaching does not threaten the core truth of any teaching, then some local variation is expected and tolerated.


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Re: Indulgences, Temporal Punishment, Purgatory, etc
« Reply #1721 on: February 01, 2012, 01:19:29 PM »
As I have said: Father Hardon's catechesis is akin to the difference between a universal and a local catechism.   

Mary

I see. So the teachings of the Roman Catholic church can vary from place to place. Interesting. Thank you for the clarification.  :o ::)

Do you take issue with the terms "local council" and "ecumenical council"?  ???
Either the teachings in the Roman Catholic Church on indulgences and purgatory vary according to locality, or they apply to the RCC as a whole. If the latter, then trying to split hairs by naming catechisms as "local" and "universal" is  irrelevant and pointless.

That is not at all true.  There are always local variants in the Church universal.  As long as a teaching does not threaten the core truth of any teaching, then some local variation is expected and tolerated.


I would say that the definitions above are just a tad outside of "some local variation".

PP

Paying attention to words and meaning, can you be more specific in terms of where you see a disconnect...that might not be the right word but we can work on that.

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« Reply #1722 on: February 01, 2012, 01:47:41 PM »
So, rejections of certain dogmatic teachings are not considered threats to those teachings themselves and are therefore tolerated?  I'm thinking of the Melkites and Byzantine Rite communities that are in communion with Rome but reject 'Indulgences, Temporal Punishment, Purgatory, etc.' 

Then it would seem that they would get into more trouble if they re-interpolated these teachings in an objectionable way, thus threatening the the teachings themselves, rather than acknowledging them as the RCC proclaims them but rejecting their validity within their communities.

So, it would seem there is a more serious treatment of heresy rather than disbelief.  OK.



I am sure there are ways to tweak the language here to make it a better statement, but for our purposes here, I think you have come very close.

I would only add, for example and with reference to the idea of purgatory, there would have to be some teaching among the Melkites, that related to prayers for the dead, with the presumption that prayers for the dead have efficacy and of course that there be a need to do so.

Another example, toll houses.  There would not be much of a scuffle about toll houses.  Not all particulars would necessarily be accepted formally but it would not endanger the core teaching which is the need for and efficacy of prayers for the dead.  This is how Father Hardon, again for example, can say what he says and not be entirely picked up formally by the universal teaching, but is not seen to be contrary to it.  His work may be seen as good in a particular time and place in terms of expressing to ordinary folk that prayers for the dead are necessary and efficacious.

Also, I was wondering, do you know that there are four levels of the Baltimore catechism?  In rank order they are meant to teach young children, youth, young adults and adults.  Most of the time the texts that are offered in these kinds of discussions come from the most basic catechism.  It's like reading Grimm's Fairy Tales as a way of teaching the formal and systematic principles of Catholic moral theology at a seminary level, with all that entails in terms of historical development and relationship to other Church doctrine.  I am not saying that the catechisms did the very best job possible but they must be understood in context.

I don't mean this to be an exhaustive response but I think we are close to being accurate here.

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« Reply #1723 on: February 01, 2012, 09:05:04 PM »
If Father John is canonized, it will not be as a reward for his writing.  For that they make you a cardinal.
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« Reply #1724 on: February 02, 2012, 01:19:46 AM »
Interesting approach.  Can't say that I agree with it, but interesting nonetheless.

So, rejections of certain dogmatic teachings are not considered threats to those teachings themselves and are therefore tolerated?  I'm thinking of the Melkites and Byzantine Rite communities that are in communion with Rome but reject 'Indulgences, Temporal Punishment, Purgatory, etc.' 

Then it would seem that they would get into more trouble if they re-interpolated these teachings in an objectionable way, thus threatening the the teachings themselves, rather than acknowledging them as the RCC proclaims them but rejecting their validity within their communities.

So, it would seem there is a more serious treatment of heresy rather than disbelief.  OK.



I am sure there are ways to tweak the language here to make it a better statement, but for our purposes here, I think you have come very close.

I would only add, for example and with reference to the idea of purgatory, there would have to be some teaching among the Melkites, that related to prayers for the dead, with the presumption that prayers for the dead have efficacy and of course that there be a need to do so.

Another example, toll houses.  There would not be much of a scuffle about toll houses.  Not all particulars would necessarily be accepted formally but it would not endanger the core teaching which is the need for and efficacy of prayers for the dead.  This is how Father Hardon, again for example, can say what he says and not be entirely picked up formally by the universal teaching, but is not seen to be contrary to it.  His work may be seen as good in a particular time and place in terms of expressing to ordinary folk that prayers for the dead are necessary and efficacious.

Also, I was wondering, do you know that there are four levels of the Baltimore catechism?  In rank order they are meant to teach young children, youth, young adults and adults.  Most of the time the texts that are offered in these kinds of discussions come from the most basic catechism.  It's like reading Grimm's Fairy Tales as a way of teaching the formal and systematic principles of Catholic moral theology at a seminary level, with all that entails in terms of historical development and relationship to other Church doctrine.  I am not saying that the catechisms did the very best job possible but they must be understood in context.

I don't mean this to be an exhaustive response but I think we are close to being accurate here.

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« Reply #1725 on: February 10, 2012, 05:56:16 PM »
Wasn`t hell invented by manipulators and people who want to control the masses?I was just reading something from St. John Chrysostomus and he seemed to think there is no way out once you get in there... So I wonder why wasn`t he familiar with that?Wasn`t at least the possibility of getting out of hell/purgatory etc invented for financial $$$$$$ purposes?
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Re: Indulgences, Temporal Punishment, Purgatory, etc
« Reply #1726 on: February 10, 2012, 06:04:00 PM »
Wasn`t hell invented by manipulators and people who want to control the masses?I was just reading something from St. John Chrysostomus and he seemed to think there is no way out once you get in there... So I wonder why wasn`t he familiar with that?Wasn`t at least the possibility of getting out of hell/purgatory etc invented for financial $$$$$$ purposes?

First question--no.

Second question--don't know.  "Seemed to think" is a long way from knowing conclusively one way or the other--even for such an illustrious saint as St. John Chrysostom.

Third question--no. FYI, hell and purgatory are *not* the same thing.  Every soul undergoing purgation, i.e. who is in purgatory, will, by definition get "out" and "into" heaven.
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« Reply #1727 on: February 10, 2012, 06:44:45 PM »
Wasn`t hell invented by manipulators and people who want to control the masses?I was just reading something from St. John Chrysostomus and he seemed to think there is no way out once you get in there... So I wonder why wasn`t he familiar with that?Wasn`t at least the possibility of getting out of hell/purgatory etc invented for financial $$$$$$ purposes?

First question--no.

Second question--don't know.  "Seemed to think" is a long way from knowing conclusively one way or the other--even for such an illustrious saint as St. John Chrysostom.

Third question--no.  Hell and purgatory are *not* the same thing.  Every soul undergoing purgation, i.e. who is in purgatory, will, by definition get "out" and "into" heaven.

People used to pay a lot for indulgences.I think that is one of the things that frustrated Martin Luther also.The getting out of hell thing was not official till the end of the middle ages...

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