So many of us seem to think that while the faith insists on being incorrigibly public and common to all Catholics, it is also “private,” individualistic and esoteric. Consequently, many tend to think of gifts like counsel as Divine lightning zaps of mystical Revelation.
Relative to this, our individualistic culture tends to think of the faith as the personal property of the pope, which he perversely refuses to “update” in order to fit the mood of the times. So, for instance, when the pope says that the Church is no more authorized to ordain women than to consecrate beer and pretzels in the Eucharist, people will frequently speak as though the pope is being irrationally stubborn. The...READ MORE