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Response to JNelson6563 (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 3, 2013, 07:17 AM

9. I know a woman who could be thought of as a Catholic fundamentalist.

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She believes, for example, that the first eleven chapters of Genesis is an accurate account.

OTOH, last May, we had on DU a man who I would describe as a true Catholic fundamentalist, georges641. Georges seemed to believe that every belch issuing from a papal throat was to be taken as the Word of God. He defended Paul VI's encyclical on contraception, Humanae Vitae, while admitting that he had not read it. He flatly refused to believe that Catholic doctrine on faith and morals had ever changed, even when I gave him specific examples of changes (for example, the first explicit condemnation of slavery as immoral in and of itself came in 1888 -- before then, slavery was seen as morally acceptable). That's fundamentalism, Catholic style: Unthinking acceptance of teachings, refusal to accept the legitimacy of any sort of dissent from anything a pope or bishop had to say.

I think my real problem with georges was that he believed that thinking for oneself, in matters of faith, was wrong. He clearly rejected 1 Corinthians 13:11, "When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, reasoned like a child. Now that I am a man, I have put away childish things." His belief that Catholic doctrine had never changed can only be maintained by denying history (IOW, by lying to yourself) or by keeping yourself deliberately ignorance (willful ignorance is condemned in Catholic moral theology).

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