The task of Catholicism has always been to share a deep understanding of not just the direct teachings of Jesus but also to share access to the Holy Spirit in communion with others of the faithful. This last part is the problem of course.
Invincible Ignorance of Catholicism
Maureen Dowd's Invincible Ignorance
May 21, 2012
by Michael Sean Winters
Catholic theology used to employ the term “invincible ignorance” when speaking of those who had never heard the Gospel preached and, therefore, could not come to an act of explicit faith, but might merit salvation if they accepted the faith implicitly.
But, Maureen Dowd has given the phrase invincible ignorance a new and different meaning. She has heard the Gospel preached. She was, after all, raised as a Catholic. But, her invincible ignorance, displayed again yesterday in a column so full of stupidity it is difficult to know where to start, is born of the preaching of a different gospel, the gospel according to Maureen, the gospel that holds that whatever she and her social circle think is humane must be humane, that whatever values they hold should be everybody’s values, but pay close attention because those values are about as permanent as the specials at one of Mario Batali’s restaurants.
Her central concern is that she thinks the Church is engaged in “loyalty testing, mind control and heresy hunting.” Of course, in the Catholic Church, we have long believed obedience is an evangelical counsel, and have believed such for two millennia, and that we are called to follow Christ and deny ourselves. So, the testing of loyalty is something all Catholics should do, no? I do not know what Ms. Dowd means by “mind control” but if we “put on Christ” in our baptism, are we to not let Him into our minds? Does not the Catholic faith, today and always, teach that we are to conform our minds to the mind of Christ? And, unless Ms. Dowd has received a private revelation, how can she be sure she is conforming her mind to Christ, instead of to the editorial sensibilities of her Upper West Side colleagues at the Times, apart from the Church? And, while I am no fan of heresy hunters, I am not dismissive of the need to be mindful of heresy either, and I would rather entrust that mindfulness to the Holy See than to the Grey Lady, thank you very much.