Catholic Dictionary




Like Christ, who is God become man, the adaptation of the divine to the human, the eternal to the temporal, in the preaching and teaching of the Gospel. Always without compromise of revealed truth, it is the Church's readiness to adjust her message to the culture of the people, even as Christ became incarnate not only in the human nature he assumed as God, but in the society and the times in which he lived. (Etym. Latin incarnare, to make flesh; Latin in- + caro, flesh.)