DAILY CATHOLIC     ASH WEDNESDAY     February 17, 1999     vol. 10, no. 33

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PRESS RELEASE ON MEETING OF DOCTRINAL COMMISSIONS IN SAN FRANCISCO

          VATICAN CITY, 16 (NE) A press release was issued yesterday evaluating the meeting of the delegation of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and the members of the Doctrinal Commissions of the episcopates of North America and Oceania, which finished some days ago in San Francisco. As the communique informed, there was "extended discussion centered on topics such as the authority of the Church's Magisterium, the importance of the Profession of Faith, the ecclesial role of the theologian, and dialogue between bishops and theologians."

          Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith was present at the four-day meeting that took place at the Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park, San Francisco. The Cardinal gave a conference on Subjectivity, Christology and Church. In referring to the question of diversity of cultures and the unity of the Catholic doctrine he stated that because the Word of God is "prior to human speech, all cultures can receive the truth about the person of Christ. Therefore every human language can become the bearer of God's Word."

          Centered on some doctrinal questions related to the proclamation of the truth of Christ in the diverse cultural conditions, the meeting emphasized how "the doctrinal unity expresses and foments communion in the Church: in the local Churches as well as in the Universal Church. It also contributes to give solid witness of faith in the diverse cultures." Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, highlighted this subject, and stressed that obedience to the truth of Jesus Christ is "not a suppression of the intellect but a progressive harmonization of one's mind and heart with the mind and heart of God."

          The communiqué also presents the interventions of different bishops of North America and Oceania at the meeting, during which other subjects such as the implications of feminism for Catholic thought and the pastoral care with homosexual persons were discussed.


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February 17, 1999       volume 10, no. 33
NEWS & VIEWS

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