Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Quote du Jour (Faith Department): "Mature faith will forever be a balancing..."

Responses to America magazine's now-famous/infamous interview with Pope Francis continue to roll in. I imagine this will be happening for quite a while. National Catholic Reporter has, in fact, started a new blog called "The Francis Chronicles" and is featuring commentaries every day this week.

Yesterday's opinion piece by Richard Rohr is optimistically titled, "It will be hard to go backward after Francis' papacy." It's a great set of observations about infallibility, one of those IMrarelyHO wacky doctrines that gets confused and misused. Embedded in that conversation is this:

Mature faith will forever be a balancing of knowing with not knowing, saying with an inability to say at all, deep certitude combined with an equally deep humility, tolerance and patience. 
─  Richard Rohr

I let myself soak up this wisdom for a bit and then made the big, I-should-know-better-by-now mistake of reading the comments. Lord, have mercy.