|In the process of assimilating
what is really rational and rejecting what only seems to be
rational, the whole Church has to play a part. This process cannot
be carried out in every detail by an isolated Magisterium, with
oracular infallibility. The life and suffering of Christians who
profess their faith in the midst of their times has just as
important a part to play as the thinking and questioning of the
learned, which would have a very hollow ring without the backing of
Christian existence, which learns to discern spirits in the travail
of everyday life. |
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. "Magisterium of
the Church, Faith, Morality." In Curran and McCormick.
in Moral Theology, No. 2., p.186.