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By Eduardo J. Echeverria, The Catholic Thing, Dec. 3, 2022

Eduardo J. Echeverria is Professor of Philosophy and Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit. His publications include Pope Francis: The Legacy of Vatican II (2015) and Revelation, History, and Truth: A Hermeneutics of Dogma. (2018). His new book is Are We Together? A Roman Catholic Analyzes Evangelical Protestants.

Note: Tomorrow is Sunday when neither man nor woman should be fundraising. And besides, the need is now. Today. Many have responded but many more need to, if we’re to enter 2023 as we need to. You know the drill. Just do it! – Robert Royal 

In his recent interview with America magazine, Pope Francis states, “A Catholic cannot think either-or (aut-aut) and reduce everything to polarization.” It’s about “both-and, and combining differences.”

He’s right that the Catholic tradition affirms, for example, both faith and reason, Scripture and tradition. Regarding the former, Catholics are neither fideist nor rationalist. We’re not fideists, undervaluing the place of reason. Despite the Fall, and hence the noetic influences of sin, human reason’s powers, and thus its activities, at its deepest foundation remain what God made it. …

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