October 11, 2012
The Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of Vatican II are occasion for self-examination and bold proclamation.
Carl E. Olson
And, in an introductory remark that is just as appropriate today as it was fifty years ago, he stated:
This light, John XXIII emphasized, is the light of divine revelation passed down through the Church, in continuity with herself, if such a qualification need be expressed (alas, it does):
These questions have to do with truth and faith. The two, contrary to secular dogmatism, are not in conflict, but are eternal companions, precisely because man needs both to survive and be made whole, just as he needs air and water to breath and live physically. Truth (also and often called wisdom in Scripture) is of the very nature of the Creator, and faith is the gift he grants his creatures, and both come together in the Incarnation, which in its scandal of particularity provides, paradoxically, the means to real solace and salvation for all people—not just to those of a particular time, place, or culture. In the words of John XXIII:
About the Author
Carl E. Olson is editor of Catholic World Report and Ignatius Insight.