What the Vatican and can't




"One of the main contributions of the Second Vatican Council was precisely seeking a way to overcome this divorce between theology and pastoral care, between faith and life. I dare say that the Council has revolutionized to some extent the status of theology – the believer’s way of doing and thinking.

The theologian who is satisfied with his complete and conclusive thought is mediocre. The good theologian and philosopher has an open, that is, an incomplete, thought, always open to the maius [greaterness] of God and of the truth, always in development,” Francis wrote in Veritatis Gaudium." - cna 

This, is only part of the story.

Given that whatever the Vatican thinks comes from their experience within western history, it will endow them with particular ways of looking at things and discerning reality. We can learn from that certainly.

However, there is more parts to the story that will remain untold till the rest of us appreciate Christianity with our cultural and historical endowments as well.

No one can begin to illustrate the complete 'maius' and 'image' of God till s/he recognises and appreciates the entirety of his creation in the form of various cultures and climes.

After all, if it is true that God made Man in his image, then this image is only partially exposed via the west's understanding of it, unless we appreciate God, and ourselves, through ours and each others perspectives as well.  No one can begin to illustrate the complete 'maius' and 'image' of God till s/he recognises and appreciates the entirety of his creation in the form of various cultures and climes.

You, the Vatican, cannot hope to represent God if you underrepresent the rest of his creation.  The best that you can do is based not only on your vision, but your lack of other vantages.

amen

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