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Saturday, April 30, 2005

er, does this break the papal moratorium?

Lovely lines from John Paul II. Which one might read, it occurs to me, as the (or at least a) difference in perspective between Joseph Ratzinger's job as Prefect of the CDF and Benedict XVI's as Pope (besides, of course, the essential difference between being a.n. cardinal and being pope).
The discernment which the Church carries out with regard to these ethical theories [relativism &c] is not simply limited to denouncing and refuting them. In a positive way, the Church seeks, with great love, to help all the faithful to form a moral conscience which will make judgments and lead to decisions in accordance with the truth, following the exhortation of the Apostle Paul: "Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect" (Rom 12:2). This effort by the Church finds its support — the "secret" of its educative power — not so much in doctrinal statements and pastoral appeals to vigilance, as in constantly looking to the Lord Jesus. Each day the Church looks to Christ with unfailing love, fully aware that the true and final answer to the problem of morality lies in him alone.

Veritatis Splendor 85