THE DEVELOPMENT OF DOCTRINE
Today there are many voices that are
adding new practices based on newly made doctrines to the
traditional teachings of the Catholic Church under the pretext that
the Church must be modern and up-to-date with the times.
The Church is spiritual; she cannot be
modern in the worldly sense since the spirit is the same all the
time. But does this mean that the Church is not growing?
Heavens, no! There is such a thing in the Church as the
development of doctrine. The doctrines of the Catholic Church
taught in the early times can be compared to a child. The
doctrines, like the child, grows but the essence of the child does
not change. So with the Church: the doctrine develops.
We develop a deeper and more spiritual understanding of the
teachings but it does not change essentially in any way.
It may be compared to a rolled carpet. At
the beginning, it is rolled; then, it is gradually unrolled.
We see more of the carpet but it is the same carpet.
Most innovations today in the Church are not the
result of a greater understanding of the mysteries and teachings of
Christ. They are most often just that. .
.innovations--entirely new doctrines and teachings that have nothing
to do with Christ. Or, sophistry, the result of the thinking
of armchair daydreamers whose reasoning is not based on the rules of
right reasoning nor conclusions from a thorough research.