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Pope explains what "thinking like an adult" really means

In the last few decades, the expression ‘adult faith’ [fede adulta, 'grown up faith'] has become a widespread slogan. It is often used in relation to the attitudes of those who no longer pay attention to what the Church and her Pastors say — which is to say, those who choose on their own what to believe or not to believe in a sort of ‘do-it-yourself’ faith. Expressing oneself against the Magisterium of the Church is presented as a sort of ‘courage’, whereas in fact not much courage is needed because one can be certain of receiving public praise.

Instead, courage is needed to adhere to the Church’s faith, even if it contradicts the 'order' of today’s world. Paul calls this non-conformism an ‘adult faith’. For him, following the prevailing winds and currents of the time is childish.

For this reason, it is part of an adult faith to dedicate oneself to the inviolability of life from its beginning, thus radically opposing the principle of violence, in defense precisely of the most defenseless. It is part of an adult faith to recognize the lifelong marriage between one man and one woman in accordance with the Creator’s order, re-established again by Christ. An adult faith does not follow any current here and there. It stands against the winds of fashion.
Benedict XVI
June 28, 2009


  1. Fanatastic! I will add a link to this on my blog. Thank you for providing it.

  2. How correct the pope is. Therefore, it is incomprehensible that anyone in The Church can oppose Sacred Tradition and the need to restore proper Catholic liturgical order.

  3. Awesome, Holy Father, awesome!!

  4. Expressing oneself against the Magisterium of the Church is presented as a sort of ‘courage’,

    Many Jesuits are taught this way and proud for being such. Seriously. I'm not kidding.

  5. Therefore, it has been the immature and petulant who have promoted the aggiornamento...

  6. Benedict is most wise and correct in saying that, when it comes to witnessing to an adult faith, "courage is needed to adhere to the Church's faith, even if it contradicts the 'order' of today's world." Yet, we must not forget that, in accordance with the Prologue of John's Gospel, that we are still fundamentally the "children of God", even while expressing an adult faith that conforms to the Tradition of the Church. One should not be beguiled by the fashion of an 'avant garde' slogan of a voluntary 'receptivity' that can captivate or persuade, but rather of an adherence and acceptance of the revealed truth of CHARITY that should motivate and be the 'raison d etre' of authentic Christian faith.

  7. Words, words, words and no enforcement...

  8. I noticed the Pope isn't using that awful papal cross, does this mean it has been offically replaced?

  9. Well, I didn’t really mind all that much the old papal cross used by John Paul II, though I much prefer the one Pope Benedict now uses . . . and yes, I do believe Msgr. Marini has replaced the old John Paul II cross with this “new old” one, which is much more beautiful.

  10. We are fortunate indeed to have Benedict XVI as our Pope.

  11. I think what His Holiness said is wonderful. However, with all due respect Holiness, I wish you had followed your own advise and not clung to Karl Rahner's crazy theology way back when you were sporting a suit and tie.

    I wonder if Pope Bendict XVI recognizes himself in what he said?

  12. Eugene:

    bitch, bitch, bitch, and no gratitude.

    There was a time when there wasn't even words to go by. Its only one day out from the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, and still it seems people believe with their whole hearts that the gates of hell have prevailed. Even if you do not explicitly say it, please, stop implying with your actions that Christ is a liar and that the Church has been over thrown. Christ promised to Peter that it was an impossibility.

  13. With all due respect to His Holiness may I say that to me thinking like an adult really means putting away the rose-colored glasses that speak of the "fruits of Vatican II" and seeing the Catholic world as it really is with the Faith dying in many places and a deep hunger for Holy Tradition in the hearts of the faithful that remain Catholic to their core.

    Faculties now!


    Is reechoed here.

  15. The Pope has been a blessing for the Church. Pray for him, and for more and more restoration.

  16. "Words, words, words and no enforcement..."

    Maybe so. But that enforcement will come sooner than the liberals hope.

    I heard on one blog that there will be a wholesale cleaning out of the Roman Curia this Summer, affecting some people that would interest Americans.
    Could this possibly mean that the infamous and tremendous failure Cardinal Levada is on his way be replaced by a Catholic?! Not Schonborn I hope.
    Why replace the bad, with the worse!

  17. being adult means attending the available in the Ozarks.


  18. When I see enforcement, then I'll believe it. So far, it's been mostly (with the exception of Summorum Pontificum) words, words, words. The appointments of bad bishops continue galore.


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