Friday, November 23, 2018

More Potential Pastoral Problems?

In connection with this post.

If the sacraments of initiation are limited to those infants whose parents are ready and willing to bear the responsibility of educating them, then will the children of those who have not been initiated be left out? Will their parents be judged by their brethren as being inadequate Christians? In order to avoid this problem, should the sacraments of initiation therefore be given to all infants, even if the parents are less than able to provide a proper formation for their children? Or should they be delayed for all children until they attain the age of reason, or after that point, when they are able to choose the faith and profess it? The question of "maturity" or intentionality in faith and how the sacraments of initiation are related to it is perhaps one that needs to be asked not only by those in the patriarchate of Rome but by the members of the other patriarchates as well.

Hart on Translating the NT Greek

Church Life: Spirits, Souls… Tunics? by David Bentley Hart
I do not pretend to have any firm conviction regarding the argument I intend to advance here; but I do find myself haunted by a curious suspicion I find...