"Barth, in his theory of Scripture as the Word of God, refuses the concept of an closed Canon. He does this because he insists that the Church cannot know for sure that it has heard the entirity of Christ's message: for example, Revelation is "itself a divine and therefore an infallible and definitive answer. But the human hearing this answer, whether that of the Church or in our own day, is a human hearing, and therefore not outside the possibility of error, or incacpable of being improved." (CD 1/2 Sect. 19) Barth is adverse to the Catholic conviction that the action of Divine Revelation includes the grace that the Church, the object of that revelation, will infallibly understand that revelation and recieve the completed message.
Wherefore, a thesis: Barth's theory of revelation laid the intellectual foundations, if such do in fact exist, for the common and nausiating exclamation, "God is doing something new in the Church!", which exclamation is oft tied to the re-ordering of Christian sexual ethics.
"Go to the encounter with him in the Blessed Eucharist, go to adore him in the churches, kneeling before the Tabernacle: Jesus will fill you with his love and will reveal to you the thoughts of his Heart. If you listen to him, you will feel ever more deeply the joy of belonging to his Mystical Body, the Church, which is the family of his disciples held close by the bond of unity and love."
- Pope Benedict, Message to Dutch Youth
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"Christianity, and nothing
else is the ultimate foundation
of liberty, conscience,
human rights, and democracy...
We continue to nourish
ourselves from this source.
Everything else is
- Jürgen Habermas
"We desire that this practice... of using distinctive names by which Catholics are marked off from other Catholics, should cease; such names must be avoided... [they] are neither true nor just... they lead to great disturbance and confuse the Catholic body."
- Benedict XV, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum