We’ve all seen this phrase tossed around, and with varying degrees of understanding what it means or how it is to be applied. Just this morning I could see the shock and amazement on a couple faces when I pointed out, as a side point, that the Church came before Scripture, that the Church is the interpreter of Scripture, and that the individual has no right to private judgment. I went on to mention that if the Church thinks a passage means one thing, and you think it means a different thing, well, guess who’s right? Every clergyman – heck, for that matter, I bet every Christian – has heard someone say “I know the Church teaches … but I believe that ….”
How can the Church get her children to comprehend the right order of Christian doctrine when each individual thinks he has to reinvent the wheel all by himself?
Four springs ago, Fr Al Kimel was wrestling with these concepts, and his blog records his working through them. Have a look there, if you would, and read slowly and carefully through his internal argument, displayed for us, then come back and share your reactions, if you will. We’ll be waiting.