De Lubac on the dangers of learning our catechism against someone

Considering some of the discussions I’ve had on my own blog and that Joel has been having here recently (see comments), I somehow thought this quotes from Henri De Lubac’s Catholicism was appropriate:

“It is a great misfortune”, it has been said, “to have learned the catechism against someone.”  For it is to be feared, in the first place, that in such a case it was but half-learned, and even if all of it that is remembered is literally and absolutely accurate, still does not the consequent narrowness of outlook and lack of proportion amount in practice to error? … (emphasis added)

I would even take that a step further to say that we have to often learned our catechism or doctrine not just against someone, but rather often against a misrepresentation of what someone believes.

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