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A letter to the editor printed in this week’s edition of The Tablet:

Brendan Walsh’s report (“Heythrop’s fate”, 17 September) of a senior academic suggesting that the demise of Heythrop was an episode in a long struggle between “outward-facing, inquisitive, challenging” theology on one side and “inward-looking, submissive, unquestioning” theology on the other is telling.

Positing such a simplistic binary split between Enlightened Me and Poor Ignorant You is patronising to those attempting to live out the radical beauty of the Christian life in tune with Catholic teaching. It’s not surprising that an institution with academics holding this view is entering its death spiral, while religious communities that don’t consider basic orthodox belief as optional are bursting at the seams.

Few things are more challenging – and more rewarding – than faithfulness; while some cling to clapped-out heterodoxies and managed decline, the rest of the Catholic world has moved on.

London SW1

This post was published on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 11:00 am. It has been categorised under Church and been tagged under , , , .
5 Oct 2016 8:57 pm

Indeed, perhaps the genesis of many heterodoxies is in the difficulty that the heterodox may find in the intellectually very challenging nature of such doctrines as those of the hypostatic union and of the Trinity.

Rory O'Donnell
6 Oct 2016 10:38 pm

Same Tablet reports SJs are putting the Heythrop site [sic:its covered with listed buildings] up for sale at £300 million.

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