49 – Clarity and doctrinal security: defects of restorationism and legalism that leads to finding nothing

On a certain occasion, Saint Thomas Aquinas revealed one of the secrets that permit us to better understand the integrity and brilliance of his intellectual work. He basically explained that he never advanced in the development of a thought or in the search for an answer without being absolutely sure that the steps he had previously taken were founded upon unquestionable truths.

Along this line, it’s easy to encounter words of praise from the Magisterium of the Church to the great doctors for their clarity and security; characteristics which permitted the Church to expound its doctrine on firm ground, making it accessible to the faithful with facility and clarity. That’s how the teachings of the Popes have been for the past two thousand years, fulfilling the prerequisite of the Savior for transmitting the good news:  ‘Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil’ (Mt 5:37).

The method the Church employs in presenting its disciplinary norms with clarity in order to orient the faithful along the path of salvation, is also no novelty. So, is this by chance a path that leads to finding nothing, a static and inward-directed view of things that transforms the faith into any other type of ideology? Let’s take a brief look at what the Church has said for the past 2000 years..

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter in the various parts of our study

Authors

Pius X

A tactic of the Modernists: presenting doctrine without clarity
The passion for novelties is always united in Modernists with hatred for scholasticism
Far, far from the clergy be the love of novelty!

Pius IX

Condemned: the proposition opposed to former theological methods

Leo XIII

Homage to the doctrine of Saint Tomas Aquinas: clearness and soundness of principles

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The People of God should deepen their faith by means of reflection
Faith invites reason to penetrate more profoundly

Pius XII

Theologians should always have recourse to Tradition
Highest imprudence: to abandon traditional theological terminology
Those eager for novelties present the Magisterium as a hindrance to progress

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