To Study History Is To Become Catholic?

To know history is also to become Catholic. We, along with the Orthodox are the only Churches that stretch right back to Christ and the Apostles. The true faith has literally been handed from the apostles to their successors the bishops through the laying on of hands. We have a living Tradition of cherished teachings and memories going back to Christ himself.

via To Study History Is To Become Catholic | Archdiocese of Washington.

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32 Replies to “To Study History Is To Become Catholic?”

  1. One very prfound argument for the Catholic Church will always be the Marian, i.e. the Incarnation. Even the best of Anglican Marilogy is within Christology…Mary as the Theotokos – the God Bearer. God in order to redeem the world, entered history, at one time and one place. We had a Reformation, not a complete restoration. For Luther, as for Calvin (as most of the Reformers) Mary was the Mother of God incarnate.
    Fr. R.

    1. ‘O Christ our God, Who wilt come to judge the world in the Manhood which Thou hast assumed, we pray Thee to sanctify us wholly, that in the day of Thy Coming our whole spirit, soul, and body may so revive to a fresh life in Thee, that we may live and reign with Thee for ever.’ – Anglican collect for Advent
      Fr. R.

    1. Catholic as the historical, incarnational Church of God. As an Anglican, I am Catholic and Reformed, the old church of the via-media (the middle way)…evangelical Anglican. And I will always claim the Wesley brothers here!
      Fr. R.

        1. It is the history of the Judeo-Christian covenants, and again, the “history” of Christ Incarnate, (Mary as Theotokos)..Council of Ephesus. But, it is always Calvary! Once we lose this as history, we have no real Christian or Catholic (universal) faith. Like so much Christian (so-called) thought today, it is mere theory and philosophy at best.
          Fr. R.

          1. I am not speaking of Calvary, Fr. Robert, but of Church councils and traditions. Studying these do little to add to Christianity, or rather, to the conversion experience.

          2. Joel,
            Perhaps it has not for yours? But it is other, for many other Christians. I would be the first to say that later creeds, such as those in the remonstrant and certain puritan perhaps, are not so clear? But the Ecumenical Creeds are in a place by themselves for us Anglicans, and of course the Orthodox (and even many others, even Reformed). We would call this also, salvation history! My point to Covenant and Calvary.
            Fr. R.

          3. Sure, why not? Many historical and intellectual types can perhaps tell us that they were seeking when they understood (for the first time maybe) that God was real in history and His Triune being! Conversion is not a static thing. God is truth, so He can speak when, where and how He wants.
            Fr. R.

          4. I would disagree with you, here, that the Councils carry enough inspiration in them to show forth Christ, especially given that Paul said that we are saved by hearing the Word of God. Not sure I would cast the Councils of men in the light of the Word of God.

            However, I do think that reading the Fathers and some of the Councils will deepen the Christian experience.

  2. I can see that you really don’t believe in the “incarnational” life of the Church? Does the life of Christ continue in the Body life of the Church and believer?
    Fr. R.

    1. I do believe in the incarnational life of the Church, just nothing beyond the word of God. Even though the Church is the Body of Christ, it does not mean that we can inspire certani things beyond the New Testament.

      1. The Church is the life of Christ on earth, but it can never add to or take away the letter of the Scripture. But it is surely both the collective and individual presence of Christ in a fallen, broken world. This is why the Church must always be reforming itself by both “Word & Spirit”. Thus also the “given” nature of the Ecumenical Church Council.
        Fr. R.

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