Wednesday, November 02, 2011

You're Not the Boss of Me

It's interesting to note that, regarding the note on financial reform released by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is being met in such a way.

When encountering a document there are three distinct questions you ask:
1. What does it say?
2. What does it mean?
3. Is it true?

As a Catholic, there is the added consideration of whether or not the teaching promulgated through the text (if any) is binding, so it is legitimate to ask about its magisterial authority.

But the default is to welcome promulgations of the Holy Mother Church and prayerfully consider them rather than to instinctively or automatically regard them with suspicion.

In any case, the order of questions that I'm seeing, regarding this document, is:
1. How magisterial is it? MUST I believe what it teaches?

The upshot is (and this analogy was drawn by a relative of mine):
The council is obviously poop-headed. Old men in the Vatican don't know anything about economics. They can't tell me what to do with my money. I don't have to listen to them. Nyah.

Yes, but what are they saying, what do they mean, and - most importantly - is it true?