By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Do We Have Sufficient Evidence to Make an Act of Faith?

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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, March 06, 2023

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. Father Pokorsky co-founded both CREDO and Adoremus, two organizations deeply engaged in authentic liturgical renewal. He writes regularly for a number of Catholic websites and magazines.

Catholics commonly make an Act of Faith that includes this phrase: “I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches because you have revealed them who are eternal truth and wisdom.” Do we have sufficient evidence to make that assertion, or at least to exclaim, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief” (Mk. 9:24)?

God created our minds to judge with sufficient evidence. When the evidence falls short, our judgments may be sinfully rash. (In emergency conditions, we must act on the available evidence.) When we use Set featured image our correct conclusions unjustly or uncharitably, we violate the Fifth or Eighth Commandments. …

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