Doctrinal Development, Yes, Contradiction, No – Aug 21 – Homily – Fr Matthias

By August 21, 2018March 2nd, 2019Fr. Matthias Sasko, Homily, New Bedford, MA

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In the homily for the memorial of Pope St. Pius X (Aug 21), Fr. Matthias explains that Catholic theology admits of doctrinal development but rejects the idea of "evolution" of dogmas that would allow contradiction of established doctrine. Pope St. Pius X reminded us that dogmas cannot change content or meaning with time, and strenuously opposed the theory of the "evolution" of dogmas. Where there is contradiction between a theological opinion and an established dogma, there is no continuity, no development, no greater understanding of Catholic doctrine. There is simply mutual exclusion: both teachings cannot be true.

Catholics should be discerning enough to recognize and reject risky theological opinions which claim to develop dogma, but actually, contradict already-established doctrine in meaning and content.

Ave Maria!

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