“A more dangerous reductionism is that which claims to interpret and apply the laws of the Church in a manner that is detached from the teaching of the Magisterium. According to this view, Only formal legislative acts and not doctrinal pronouncements would have disciplinary value. It is obvious, that those operating from this reductionist perspective could sometimes come up with two different solutions to the same ecclesial problem: one drawn from the texts of the Magisterium, and the other drawn from canonical texts. At the root of such a conception is an impoverished idea of canon law that identifies it only with the positive dictate of the norm. This is not right”

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Pope St. John Paul II

Address to the Participants in the Day of Study on the theme “Twenty Years of Canonical Experience”

January 24th, 2003

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  1. Avatar Jane says:

    That seems to be exactly what is happening right now, regarding that dangerous reductionism. Pope Francis says something along the lines of loving persons who are engaging in a certain type of sin, for example, and he is immediately branded as condoning the sin. If we read any of his words in context, we will know for sure that he is indeed not abolishing the teachings of the Church, but rather furthering them into practical applications and ways of thinking about them.

    I hope I am reading the above quote correctly. . . God Bless you

    • Avatar Jane says:

      It also brings to mind a quote I have often pondered: ‘Catholico ignorante, futuro protestante.’ A serious lack of knowledge of the encyclicals, codes, teachings and council documents, I believe, is a main reason we are where we are now with regards to Pope Francis’ teachings. We as a whole ( probably world), are thinking he is teaching separately from Code of Canon Law and former councils, etc.

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