Monday, February 1, 2010

Catholics believe continuity is "the only authoritative criterion" for interpreting the life of the Church and the liturgy

"Continuity, a word very dear to our present Holy Father. He has made it the only authoritative criterion whereby one can correctly interpret the life of the Church, and more specifically, the conciliar documents, including all the proposed reforms contained in them.

How could it be any different? Can one truly speak of a Church of the past and a Church of the future as if some historical break in the body of the Church had occurred?

Could anyone say that the Bride of Christ had lived without the assistance of the Holy Spirit in a particular period of the past, so that its memory should be erased, purposefully forgotten?"

-- Msgr. Guido Marini,
Vatican City, January 6, 2010

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