Friday, May 15, 2009

How Big is the Catholic Church?

Undoubtedly we must answer: she is enormous but her dogmas wield the precision of a razor.

The Catholic Church is much larger than Latin Christianity or Eastern Orthodoxy. Don't get carried away with that though - it's also bigger than Eastern Mysticism or Western materialism. And to affirm the monstrous breadth of Catholicity does not admit that the East is partially right in their rejection of the Papacy nor that the West made a mistake at Trent any more than it means that Shintoism falls under the umbrella of divine truth or that Hollywood has something insightful to teach the Church.

Yes, we say that the Church is big and that Catholicity cannot be pinned down under mere human opinions but we err greatly if we fail to balance this truth with the fact that the Catholic dogmas are as narrow as a mathematical theorem.

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