Can simple good-will replace theological investigation?

‘The truth cannot impose itself except by virtue of its own truth, as it makes its entrance into the mind at once quietly and with power’. These are words of wisdom from the Declaration Dignitatis Humanae of Vatican Council II. And what is theology if not the search and explicitation of divine truth? Really, theological reflection revives faith, for the truth offered by Revelation surpasses the capacities of human knowledge, but does not oppose reason. A theology that is not founded on speculation and study is not theology. That is why the theologian’s vocation is inspired by the Holy Spirit and its goal is to achieve, in communion with the Magisterium, an increasingly profound comprehension of the Word of God contained in Scripture, inspired and transmitted by the living Tradition of the Church. Theologians may not present a theological reflection that contradicts these elements. Consequently, its discourse regarding the unity of Christians and of ecumenism should not be different from that which the Holy Church teaches, as we have already seen in other posts and will now recall. Even less so may the Pope, as visible head of the Mystical Body of Christ, which is the Church, be just ‘another participant’ among the pastors of protestant sects… Read more…