"No Matter how necessary the role of theologians may be, it is not to the learned that God has entrusted the mission of interpreting the faith of the Church. This faith rests on the life of the people, whose responsibility before God is borne by the bishops; it is they who must teach the people what God wants the faithful to believe"
One of the tragedies of our times is that certain pseudo-theologians have chosen to ignore this clear and unequivocal teaching of the Church. They and their followers have formed themselves into "select" groups and skillfully manipulating the press-both Catholic and secular, have imposed a minority opinion on an unsuspecting public. Typical of their methods is the self-righteous fashion in which they purport to have discovered "grave errors" in the traditional practices of Christian devotion. With the ostensible purpose of bringing this subject into the open, they have analyzed it almost to death.
The influence of these false theologians of our time has been sadly effective. If many of the faithful today no longer know what to believe, the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of these "false prophets" (Mt 7:15). For, no matter how much they proclaim a true "evangelical spirit," it is quite obvious that they have forgotten that being a Christian means going to God along the path shown to us by Christ: a path which requires that all become as little children -including those who are doctors in sacred theology; a path that cannot be traveled by the conceited, nor by those who lack faith, no matter how learned they may be. Nor is it a path that can be trodden by those who feel ashamed of believing the same things that are believed by the illiterate, by old women, by children who can hardly recite from memory the Lord's Prayer or the Hail Mary.
If believing in Christ and loving Christ were to be something as confused and ambiguous as some theologians describe, many would think Christ had revealed himself for the exclusive benefit of sophisticated groups of specialists who, by methodic doubt, arrive at the explanations far above the heads of ordinary people. Yet the Gospel was written in simple language intelligible to the less endowed, to men from all backgrounds, to children, and to the old.
The teaching of the Church cannot be identified with the isolated opinions of an "elite" bent on distorting (purifying they will say) her doctrine and her customs. This is a point to be insisted upon, in order to avoid deceptions. Both piety and theology are essential elements of Christian life. If some are found lacking in doctrinal formation, they should be given proper instruction; but nobody has the right to take their devotional practices away from them. Should some others be still unaware of the importance of the exercise of piety, let them be encouraged to practice them without neglecting their theological instruction. That is why there cannot possibly be any misunderstanding or incompatibility between theology and popular devotions, as they both take their origin from the faith transmitted by the Church."
On Interpretation of the Faith
Just read an awesome awesome excerpt from J.J. Espinosa.....so relevant to hear in our current moment in time with the problems of false theology among modern Christian 'theologians' .....enjoy!