Friday, September 23, 2005

The Bible

Every Catholic must have the courage to believe that his faith (in communion with that of the Church) surpasses every "new magisterium" of the experts, of the intellectuals. Their hypotheses can be helpful in providing a better understanding of the genesis of the biblical books, but it is a prejudice of evolutionistic provenance if it is asserted that the text is understandable only if its origin and development are studied. The rule of faith, yesterday as today, is not based on the discoveries (be they true or hypothetical) of biblical sources and layers but on the Bible just as it is, as it has been read in the Church since the time of the Fathers until now. It is precisely the fidelity to this reading of the Bible that has given us the saints, who were often uneducated and, at any rate, frequently knew nothing about exegetical contexts. Yet they were the ones who understood it best.
---Pope Benedict XVI (as Cardinal Ratzinger), The Ratzinger Report, pg. 76.


Blogger Doug said...

Excellent quote.

I know I was not alone as an Orthodox in my pleasure at the election of Benedict XVI. May he fill Peter's chair for many years to come.

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