Truth of faith is God's gift, Pope says at close of annual seminar
CWN - September 03, 2012
The annual meeting of the Ratzinger Schülerkreis--the seminar bringing together former theology students of Pope Benedict XVI—ended on September 2 with a Mass celebrated by the Pontiff at the Mariapoli Centre in Castel Gandolfo.
This year’s meeting of the seminar discussed ecumenism. In his homily at the closing Mass the Pope emphasized that the Church receives the truth as a gift from God, not as the product of any human wisdom. “There is no room for triumphalism of any kind,” he said; “but only for joy and gratitude at the gift we have received, a gift we did not create.”
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Posted by: koinonia -
Sep. 03, 2012 2:54 PM ET USA
"There is no room for triumphalism of any kind, he said; but only for joy and gratitude at the gift we have received.." This gift transcends and must be shared with all men in charity. While triumphalism might not be appropriate, neither is passivity. The Church must preach the Gospel to men, safeguarding the Deposit of Faith and transmitting it. It can be rejected freely. Despite personal sentiments and understandable attachments, the Church's prelates are charged to preach nonetheless.