No To The Culturalization Of The Christian Message

The Kulturkritik of Gaudium et Spes par. 58 (“the Church, sent to all peoples of every time and place, is not bound exclusively and indissolubly to any race or nation, any particular way of life or any customary way of life recent or ancient”) is against a “culturalization” of Christianity, which is a belittling of Christianity and of Catholicism as a culture. As Vincent Miller explained recently: “to think of the Church in cultural terms runs the risk of accepting this disciplining of truth into sectarian niches that fundamentally compromises the Church’s catholic mission.”

Massimo Faggioli, Catholicism & Citizenship: Political Cultures of the Church in the Twenty-First Century (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017), pp. 103-104. ISBN: 978-0-8146-8426-8.

The quote by Vincent Miller comes from Vincent J. Miller, “Ecclesiology, Cultural Change, and the Changing Nature of Culture,” in A Church with Open Doors: Catholic Ecclesiology for the Third Millennium, ed. Richard R. Gaillardetz and Edward P. Hahnenberg (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015), p. 81.

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