Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The Catholic faith
From Fr Alvin Kimel

The Schoolmen and the hesychasts: both/and not either/or
But not only has the Catholic Church never dogmatically imposed a scholastic understanding of God upon the Church, it has never dogmatically rejected the Palamite understanding. The Western theologians at the Council of Florence, for example, may well have thought the Palamite understanding of God to be silly, nonsensical, and flat-out wrong; but Palamism was not judged to be church-dividing. This doctrinal condition continues to this day. One can be a full-fledged, card-bearing Catholic and espouse the Palamite distinction between the divine substance and the divine energies of God (see, e.g., George Maloney’s A Theology of “Uncreated Energies”). As a result, Thomists, Franciscans, Palamites, Rahnerians, and a host of other theological schools worship and pray together in the one communion of the Catholic Church. ... The Catholic Church simply refuses to dogmatically identify itself as Western. The Catholic Church is the Church of Irenaeus, Athanasius, Basil, Augustine, Maximus the Confessor, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure – and even Gregory Palamas.
A born and lifelong Greek Orthodox who is venerated as a saint in at least one Byzantine Catholic calendar, that of the admirably authentic and observant Melkite Church.

BTW, speaking of Rahner, I understand he may have written some dodgy things but was his view on monogenesis one of them? (I know that friend Jeff Culbreath is anti-evolution but I don’t think that’s the only Catholic position, only an opinion and a hard one to hold at that.) ISTM that Genesis isn’t science: the facts, de fide, are that God created the universe, made man as something unique, like the animals but like him as well, and that somewhere along the line man fell into sin.

How is the monogenesis that says mankind got its humanity from one person different to biological monogenesis?

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