Sean Gallagher at Nota Bene sez…

Roman Catholic Faithful appears to be toying with Donatism. For those that want to know, Donatism is the false idea that a priest’s or bishops sin somehow make the sacraments he celebrates invalid. (As Augustine showed long ago, this is false since the sacraments depend for their validity, not on the personal holiness of the priest, but on Jesus Christ). Some of their rhetoric does appear to use Donatist ideas. Other samples of their rhetoric merely seem to be threatening schism.

To those tempted in this direction, I say, along with C.S. Lewis that it is peculiar to try to get the Body of Christ to do its work more effectively by cutting off its fingers. You don’t leave. You stay and fight for the integrity of the Faith.


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