Thursday, September 04, 2008

More Gems from Pete

(on Holy Scripture)

Therefore, the study of the sacred page should be the very soul of sacred theology. The ministry of the Word, too - “ pastoral preaching, catechetics, and all forms of Christian instruction, among which the liturgical homily should hold pride of place - “ is healthily nourished an thrives in holiness through the Word of Scripture.

The Church forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful ... to learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.

-from the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church



John said...

Heaven help the Rome Church when they open the scriptures… Who knows what will happen. Great quote. – JZ

Adam said...

I don't think I've ever heard or been told of a good Roman preacher, but this formulation from their Catechism seems like a good idea. It even uses our Confessions' term for the Bible - the divine Scriptures. If only they and we opened them! They would stop asking saints for grace and re-sacrificing Christ, and we would stop looking for answers to questions that are already resolved.

RevFisk said...

Amen and amen. Yea, verily it is so!

Anonymous said...

The term "divine scripture/s" is neither "Lutheran" nor "Catholic," but Christian. Its use is from as early as 2nd c. Irenaeus and we find it throughout Augustine and Athanasius in the 4th c.

Catholics do not "re-sacrifice" Christ in the Eucharist. See Catechism #1357: We carry out this command of the Lord by celebrating the memorial of his sacrifice. In so doing, we offer to the Father what he has himself given us: the gifts of his creation, bread and wine which, by the power of the Holy Spirit and by the words of Christ, have become the body and blood of Christ. Christ is thus really and mysteriously made present.

RevFisk said...


The reason I'm reading the Catechism is precisely to test the claims I've heard of "what Rome teaches" against what Rome has officially decided to teach - so - regarding the sacrifice of the mass...I will get there.

However, the term "divine Scripture" is very, very catholic in all the best senses of the term, which is precisely why it is also Lutheran. To pit these two historic words against "Christian" seems at best a mincing of words.

Thanks for the comment.

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