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THE "FULL COMPLETION"
TRA Eresia marcionista ED Ecumenism AT ALL COSTS
Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the Prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to bring to completion. For verily I say unto you: Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle of the law will, till all be fulfilled [Mt 5, 17-18].
This fragment of the Gospel of St. Matthew is rich in these elements on these few lines may be written treated encyclopedia only to frame the different arguments enclosed in a single harmonic context: the revelation of the Word of God made man. Think how much we could talk and discuss, Today perhaps more than ever, on single sentence that follows a few lines ahead: "Let your speech be: "Yes, Yes ", "no, No "; more than this comes from the evil one " [Mt 5, 37]. Needless to say, the Church and in society today is rather difficult to say when it is yes and no when it is not, mindful that the more - but sometimes even less, if no worse than the "nothing", for example, the omission - it comes from the Evil One, for which the "less" and "you're welcome" is the ground seed, irrigation, bud and finally harvest.
Just think what is difficult in the Church today to say clearly: this is right and this is wrong, This is lawful and this is unlawful, because it is written in the deposit of faith revealed. All this not because we say, but because it teaches Revelation, of which we are devoted servants and instruments, faithful preachers, not arbitrary hosts. And this is easy to say what kind of desolation pervade us when you are forced to hear bishops say homilies in which our chief priests speak of crimes against the language of social justice with brisk sociology, no longer speak of sin or of the Social Doctrine of the Church, not to mention the almost total lack of proper vocabulary metaphysical. What actually understandable, because when the revelation and his devoted servant of theology must take account of the too worldly demands of the company to which you want pleasure and never regret, to follow below with the logic of ecumenism and interreligious dialogue reduced mostly to political sociology, it may happen that one tries to logical consequence of having in all ways “a barrel of wine and eat it too”, as stated in our old proverb.
Say ' yes ' or ' no ' is harder than it looksthe, by which time we have lost our natural language, which is precisely the metaphysical, Today tragically replaced with the Hegelian-rahneriano. So often we end up saying a little 'yes and a little' no, or with the support that may be but is at the same time and also no, if all goes well, we conclude with a "ni", but not to make decisions and sometimes painful, saying with prudence and love the truth that can never be silenced, given that we are called to know, serve and proclaim the truth that will set us free [GV 8, 32], because none of us is a “Christian anonymous”, but a loyal subject and topic Prince of revelation and redemption. No one is to God “anonymous”, place which He calls us one by one by name, It took the very fact, designed and loved even before the creation of the world. Herein lies the danger of certain heterodox tendencies of the Jesuit Karl Rahner that today is the master in the absolute majority of theological studies: give improper and relativistic dignity saving to’ “anonymity”, through which you end up making anonymous God, nullifying through its poisonous theory of so-called “anonymous Christians” the whole mystery of the Redemption.
This fragment of the Gospel of Matthew contains numerous inspirations of deep reflection (c)he had the opportunity to study years ago in my book [And Satan came Trino, CIT. the. 100-104]. We take only the opening sentence of this Gospel passage: "I do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to abolish, but to fully fulfill ". It is truly a land mine, in part insidious one that opens the horizon through this phrase, penetrating into it because we are going to touch the Old and the New Covenant, the Old and New Testament, the ancient people of Israel and the new People of Israel born of the Incarnation, by the death and resurrection of Christ, God.
In the Catechism of the Catholic Church we read these words [n. 121-123]:
"The Old Testament is an indispensable part of Sacred Scripture. Its books are divinely inspired and retain a permanent value, for the Old Covenant has never been revoked. Indeed, the Old Testament economy was directed was to prepare […] the advent of Christ the Saviour of the universe.
The Second Vatican Council states that "The books of the Old Testament, Even though they contain matters imperfect and provisional, bear witness to the whole divine pedagogy of God's saving. They express a deep sense of God, sound wisdom about human life and a wonderful treasury of prayers; Finally, in them is hidden the mystery of our salvation " [Cf Second Vatican Council, Cost. dogmatic. Dei Verbum, 14: AAS 58 (1966) 825].
Christians venerate the Old Testament as true Word of God and lChurch has always vigorously rejected the idea of rejecting the Old Testament under the pretext that the New has rendered it void. This is a heretical thesis carried out by the Bishop of Sinope Marcion in the second century, which gave birth to the heresy which will then name Marcionism. Needless to say: the subject is so sensitive that every word, on the contrary, every breath should be weighed, especially in these times where more and more often, use the correct words - which are an essential basis is essential to express the doctrine is primarily to make theological speculation, which is the correct metaphysical vocabulary - replace “new words” if not worse utterances based on impulses dictated by fairness and social policy, other structured on-gooders sterile sentimentality and ends in themselves.
Who among us has done some 'legal studies, or simply for personal practical issues also had to do with the book of succession Pro mortis causa - I refer to the specific Code of Civil Law of our country - knows, if anything, even knowing how little of law, that the will is valid on the last signed. If before this will have been entered into other, automatically are no longer valid. Unless, the last will made, is not affected by irregularities and flaws that make it invalid, because in that case as attested by the previous. Obviously we are not here to discuss notarial deeds but, since we are talking of wills ...
... We are faced with an Old Covenant that is not canceled by the first and a New Covenant that comes from the ancient. On the one hand we have the Jews with an Old Testament and Ancient Alliance, other Christians with a New Covenant and a New Testament. It is not a minor problem, albeit too accommodating certain theologians and biblical scholars argue for years that both the children of the two alliances hold sacred pact, welcome dato's revocato, that is, the Old Covenant of the People of Israel; then given to the second, that is, the New Testament of Christians, the New Covenant. To all this is added the Catechism of the Catholic Church which states: "The Old Covenant has never been revoked". There's enough to be confused, especially when faced with all this, the priests are not the pastors that they teach the faithful; or if theologians don't do well — but especially with faith - Their craft tools of theology devoted servant of the Truth Revealed.
What the Catechism of the Catholic Church is sacrosanct, provided it is properly explained, because the task is to indicate the text and sometimes outline the truths of faith; while the task of the devoted servants of truth is to explain, to evangelize and educate the faithful to correct doctrine. The explanation for this apparent dilemma is all of it in one word that completes this phrase of the Lord Jesus, because with that one word the Word of God gives us the explanation that many - you want to excesses of ecumenism misinterpreted, you want to make inter-religious dialogue at all costs and at all costs - but do not want to catch. Also because in the context of the discourse in Matthew's Gospel there are two expressions that look really at odds with each other and that almost clash in the original greek text. On the one hand, the concept of continuity with the Old Law: "I do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets: I have come not to abolish ... [5,17]». On the other, a little further, a phrase that seems to be a warning containing a real break: "Have you heard what the ancients were told ... but I tell you ... [5,21SS.]». And before all this, the problem does not go away but is quite complicated. Also because, the statement "but I tell you", should be read and interpreted in accordance with the models of lexical Aramaic language spoken by the Lord Jesus: is an imperative expressed with solemn authority in the construction of the same phrase on the wheel whole '' I '. Which is to say,: "It's true because I say it, because I am proof of the truth ". That being said let's try to put ourselves in the shoes now the scribes and Pharisees, even worse, the doctors of the Law, to understand why they repeatedly accused Jesus of blasphemy [Mt 26, 57-58], others to act in the name and on behalf of the devil himself [LC 11, 15-26], so they were unable to understand the message contained in his speech.
The solution to this "dilemma" is therefore entirely enclosed within a word apparently so simple as to pass almost unnoticed by many scholars: "Consummation". Jesus says: "I do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, I have come not to abolish but to fulfill ". The Lord, who is the son of the Old Covenant, born jew among the Jews, and as such circumcised and submitted by the devout zeal of his parents in all the rituals prescribed by the Mosaic Law, not simply leads the Old Law to fulfillment: he himself is the fulfillment of flesh, then the body and the living presence, Alpha and Omega, because his "I" is actually an incarnation of God, then her visible bodily presence.
Accomplish, which can be translated as "overcome", "Go beyond" or "complete", does not mean undo or cancel, anything. The Old Testament was preparatory to the New, and as such should be read and understood in a dimension of the Catholic Faith. Just think of the figure of John the Baptist, The Forerunner, the one who cried out from the wilderness: "Prepare the new roads». When the Word of God became flesh did not erase his preaching of the Baptist, but went to him and asked and demanded to be baptized. And most times, preaching, the Lord Jesus reminded the heroic figure of this great man of faith who announced the coming of the Messiah: "I tell you, among those born of women there is none greater than John " [LC 7, 28].
In another example, still, this time of historical: after the fall of the Roman Empire was founded in the Middle Ages is divided into at least three different historical periods, after which we have the Renaissance. Well: Renaissance does not come suddenly, much less by accident, but at the end of an epoch that preceded it and in a sense prepared, then in the Renaissance is enclosed and also lives in the Middle Ages. Just as the Baroque, which also contains within itself the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Under the homes of many Italian historical centers there are layers of foundation much older, on which and through which today are the houses visible and populated. This is what the language of the Lord Jesus means to accomplish. The Lord Jesus did not abolish the Law and the Prophets, but on their old foundations built the new temple of God, erected thanks to those ancient foundations. And we are grateful and sincere debtors to those ancient foundations, essential and indispensable, through which and upon which Christ established the new dwelling of; and inside the house we live, blessing for ever and ever God that Christ did not abolish but has made, creating the New Israel, all Vero Israele, without detracting from the true foundation of the Old and Ancient Israel, that is no longer the home, but the foundation on which it is based and builds new home, the temple of Christ, who has completed, abolished without a single iota of the old law: "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle of the law will, till all be fulfilled " [Mt 5, 18].
The Apostle Paul, grew up and trained in the cultural self-righteous, does not shirk from addressing the delicate relationship between the Old and the New Covenant. In the Second Letter to the people of Corinth, the Apostle states on the one hand that "our sufficiency is from God who has made us worthy to be ministers of the new covenant" [2 Color 3,6], on the other hand that "to date that same veil remains removed, when you read the old covenant, because it is removed in Christ, may it » [2 Color 3,14]. All this to explain clearly that to be removed is not the Old Covenant but the veil fell over it and that the same will be taken for all who believe in Christ. The Apostle does not fail to remind the privileges of ancient Israel by writing in the Letter to the Romans: "They are Israelites, have the sonship, Glory, alliances, legislation, the cult, the promise; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them came Jesus according to the flesh " [RM 9,4-5]. All these gifts are forever because the love of God as indelible gift is bound neither by logic nor by human responses, but by his faithfulness to the Covenant. Thus, "the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable" [RM 11,29]. So are the irrevocable covenant of biblical history, as irrevocable and unforgettable is the humanity of the Jewish Jesus. Therein lies the concept that delineates a difference between the Old and the New Covenant. The Old becomes new in Christ and it is neither old, or repealed. The New Covenant brings to life the ancient because it is made with the blood of Christ: "This cup is the new covenant in my blood poured out for you" [LC 22,20]. Or as St. Augustine explains: "The New Testament is hidden in, while the Old is in the New revealed ".
These are the foundations on which you should do ecumenism with combinations born of painful separations with core Catholic who took life peppered the worst heresies, for example Protestantism. True ecumenism is done starting from the penalty spot by the knowledge that Christ on this earth God has created one Church entrusted to Peter, not to a multiplicity of "Churches" entrusted to an army of Protestant congregations divided into thousands of different denominations, including those from which many Pentecostals sad ideas have taken some Catholic groups of uncontrolled and uncontrollable charismatic and Neocatechumenals. Who then had doubts in this regard — including some bishops and Cardinals, theologians of biblisti, whether they are alive or dead, as Gianfranco Ravasi as Carlo Maria Martini — would that thought to the words of the profession of faith which proclaims our I think a church, holy catholic and apostolic Church ". In the Symbol of Faith Nicene Creed did not proclaim all the multiplicity of “churches”, all of which are "une" and "holy".
More delicate is still interreligious dialogue made instead with faiths outside the nucleus Christian. In that case you need to confirm more firmly and respectful of our faith in the Word of God made man. Avoiding every effort to water down the truth of our faith for fear of offending those who refuse and those who deny the mystery of the Incarnation, the death and resurrection of Christ, God, putting in an entirely legitimate, with such a refusal, the freedom and the free will given by God as part of his own creation; because man is always free to accept or reject the mystery of his God and Creator, God's Christ the Redeemer, Holy Ghost the Comforter, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
He talks explaining what you believe in and trying to convey in the best way our beliefs, certainly not resize it to meet so complacent to those who reject decisively - often with destructive aggression or homicidal violence as some Islamic fringe - the Revelation of Christ, God. A painful rejection that deserves our respect, just as God himself has observed with pain the worst of the worst choices and waste freely operated by man and is contained in the mystery of original sin is in the mystery of the Cross. What matters is that it is clear that those who refuse to respect the Word of God made man certainly does not mean approval of those who work with joy this rejection that comes upstream from the drama of the end of any action of redeeming grace.
Those who refuse Christ God is painfully observed, not approved, not shared, let alone invited to give lectures in our ecumenical theological studies and in our seminaries, within which would explain the errors inherent dangerous - for example - the Protestant heresy, and consequently in his theology. They should not be asked some scholars within these our centers of study and training for conferences, because they may be worthy men in all respects human and social, on the theological and doctrinal errors are larded with perhaps, for this, welcome at various universities and pontifical universities in which in fact do not teach Catholic theology a more, at best they teach filosofismi and sociologisms religious elaborate on the creative language and arbitrary to some theologians, rather than the universal language of the Church's Magisterium, which the theologian is only an instrument and faithful speaker, not critical, not censor …
Together with our intimate and respectful disapproval of those who are in error, and for those who heresy persists, we must also be imbued with a deep sense of sorrow. This is the metaphysical basis, underpinned by the philosophy of common sense [Cf. the Antonio Livi Philosophy of common sense]; This was the basis on which the theological and pastoral should ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, especially when the protagonists of certain dialogues are bishops and cardinals are called to guard the faith, certainly not to water it down and svenderla better for pleasure and to remain acceptable to all; including those who are continuing with fierce pride and indomitable to continue to spread far the worst heresies against the Truth Revealed, ignoring the clear warning that urges us to be perfect in one [GV 17, 20]. And if the unit has been broken does not exactly blessed the fracture and conferred dignity heresy which broke the unity of Truth. Everything always regardless of the fact that the mystery of salvation is quite different and as such is embedded in the heart of God who alone is the Judge and that just may decide to accept in their own kingdom, whole armies of heretics, without having to ask permission to any college teachers of the law; thing, moreover, gave clear warning to all the centuries to come, warning that "the tax collectors and the prostitutes will precede the Kingdom of Heaven" [Mt 21,28-32].