At the origin of this chilling of the Church's missionary spirit, to the point of its extinction, the note indicates various causes.
Above all, there is the idea that every religion is a way of salvation as valid as all the rest.
Then there is the conviction that proposing Christian truth to others is an attack on their freedom.
Then there is a conception of the Kingdom of God that is not identified in the person of Jesus Christ, but in "a generic reality that overarches all the religious experiences or traditions, toward which these should incline as toward a universal and indistinct communion of all those who seek God."
Then again there is the idea that "the pretense of having received as a gift the fullness of God's Revelation conceals an attitude of intolerance and a threat to peace."
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sandro Magister on the CDF Note
... which I haven't yet had a chance to read. This is what the note tries to address ("overturn" as the headline of his article says).