St. Paul Center to Government Regulators:
As you may be aware, the federal government’s Department of Health and human Services (HHS) has proposed a morally bankrupt new regulation that, if implemented, will go into effect in 2012. It would require that all insurance programs nationwide cover all forms of contraception - including abortifacient drugs such as Plan B and Ella - and sterilization as “preventive services for women.” The regulation includes a so-called “religious employer exemption.” But it is so extremely narrow...
Why the Pope Has to Be Infallible, Part 3
This is the third in a series of posts about Papal infallibility and its relationship to the interpretation of Scripture. See part 1, part 2, and part 2a.
In the first and second parts of this series of posts, we discussed the infallibility of the Church as a whole, and then the infallibility of an ecumenical council.
We concluded the last post with the question, Is the infallibility of an ecumenical council enough? In other words, in...
Exegesis as Theology, Theology as Exegesis
One of the most jaw-dropping sections in Pope Benedict’s recent letter, Verbum Domini, states the following:
“where exegesis is not theology, Scripture cannot be the soul of theology, and conversely, where theology is not essentially the interpretation of the Church’s Scripture, such a theology no longer has a foundation” (Verbum Domini, no. 35).
In a sense, here Pope Benedict is reiterating what the Second Vatican Council taught, namely, “the study...