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Does the Church Still Follow the Rule of St. Augustine?
Question from Steve on 1/27/2014:

Pope Leo XIII responded to those who would push the interpretation of Sacred Scripture beyond what was known using modern theory and thought. His Encyclical PROVIDENTISSIMUS DEUS, ON THE STUDY OF HOLY SCRIPTURE reiterates the rule of St. Augustine “15. But he must not on that account consider that it is forbidden, when just cause exists, to push inquiry and exposition beyond what the Fathers have done; provided he carefully observes the rule so wisely laid down by St. Augustine-not to depart from the literal and obvious sense, except only where reason makes it untenable or necessity requires;(40) a rule to which it is the more necessary to adhere strictly in these times, when the thirst for novelty and unrestrained freedom of thought make the danger of error most real and proximate. “

It does not appear to me that the Church follows this rule. There is no reason to not believe what Genesis says about creation. All of the so called scientific theories about origins are far from proven and many have been dis-proven. Why don't we follow the rule of St. Augustine anymore?

Answer by Richard Geraghty on 3/16/2014:

Dear Steve,

There has been a collapse in the Church among theologians in general and scriptural scholars in particular. Make no mistake about then. Pick the good ones and let the others go. They Popes are the ones to lead you. They have valued St. Augustine and will continue tp value him to the end of time. Hang in there!

Dr. Geraghty

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