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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Reasoning and Faith (Pt. 2): Catholic Universalism

The Catholic Church's knowledge of the necessity for openness and universalism is not as commonly known as we would like it to be. The Church realizes that in order for the faith to flourish and survive, that truth, no
matter where it is found, must be accepted, cultivated, and natural. Belief cannot be forced, and reason cannot be disposed of in the search for faith. In Fides et Ratio, Pope John Paul II illuminates the reasons why openness and universality are an indisposable part of the Church.
“Faith's encounter with different cultures has created something new. When they are deeply rooted in experience, cultures show forth the human being's characteristic openness to the universal and the transcendent. Therefore they offer different paths to the     truth, which assuredly serve men and women well in revealing values which can make their life ever more human.... To everything they do, they bring something which sets  them apart from the rest of creation: their unfailing openness to mystery and their boundless desire for knowledge. Lying deep in every culture, there appears this impulse towards a fulfillment. We may say, then, that culture itself has an intrinsic capacity to receive divine Revelation. Sought accepted and not coerced (Fides Et Ratio: John Paul II).” 

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