Australian Bishop Robinson referred to it yesterday in Chicago - sensus fidelium - stating the post-Vatican II Catholic Church should have been guided by it... and evidently - the time is now at hand.
So what is it? Pius IX and Pius XII referred to it in the promulgation of the Marian dogma of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption, respectively. What it means is explained here:
A Contemporary Catechism of the Teachings of the Catholic Church, Fr. Hardon explains that:Today, those who dissent from Catholic teaching often claim the same right, as this site explains:
"Those who believe, and insofar as they believe, are one community not only or mainly because they subjectively believe but because what they believe is objectively true, indeed is the Truth that became man and dwelled among us. Against this background, it is easier to see what universal agreement among the faithful must mean. They are faithful insofar as they are agreed on the truth, where the source of their agreement is not a semantic use of the name 'Christian' or 'Catholic,' but the deeply interior adherence to what God has revealed.
Consequently, whether they realize it or not, all who agree on the revealed truth, under the guidance of the sacred magisterium, belong to the faithful. Their agreement on the truth and allegiance to the magisterium gives them universality, i.e., spiritual unity. The truth interiorly possessed gives them consensus, and not the other way around, as though their consensus on some doctrine made it true." (pp. 226-227) - Source
As those of you who read the so-called Catholic newspapers and journals will know, it is a favourite ploy of dissenters to misinterpret the “sensus fidelium” (the sense of the faithful) to mean “democratic consensus” in matters of faith and morals. - Catholic TruthThe 'new' sensus fidelium is rather convincing to many Catholics. You say no? You think it is nothing to worry about? You think we have strong courageous JPII-Benedict XVI bishops and priests to stand up and defend the faithful remnant of Catholics who accept Church teaching? You are full of crap.
Bishop Robinson is attracting many priests and religious and lay activists to his speaking engagements. These people teach your kids. These people attract fellow dissenting Catholics, as well as make sense to liberal 'Novus Ordo' Catholics - who happen to be the norm in the United States, BTW. Some folks demean them as CINOs - Catholics In Name Only. Although Capri-panted Sr. Religious Ed at your parish sympathizes with them - and believes in the democratic, non-patriarchal notion of sensus fidelium.
Indeed, to give credit where credit is due, right here in Minnesota there is a formidable group of dissenting priests and religious and lay activists, working tirelessly over the years - indeed for decades - to change the Church from within. They're here and they claim to be the sensus fidelium.
This is the living word...
. . . That's how one participant describes Catholics for Marriage Equality MN's ongoing series of Lenten prayer vigils at the chancery offices of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis.Queering the Church just ain't a blog title. What will you say to your son or daughter when they tell you they think they are gay or want to marry someone of the same sex?
"The Living Word." It's a beautiful and appropriate description, as those who gather each Sunday in solidarity with their LGBT brothers and sisters embody Jesus' example of radical inclusivity, compassion and justice-making.
The primary purpose of the vigils is to gather Catholics and other people of good will to pray for Archbishop Nienstedt. Specifically, we pray that he may choose to redirect his energies and the financial resources of the Archdiocese away from the divisive ‘marriage amendment’ and toward actions that reflect Jesus' Gospel call to care for the poor and marginalized.
The vigil also provides an opportunity for Catholics to pray that the archbishop and all the bishops of Minnesota may be open to the love and beauty embodied in same-sex relationships and families. Many who gather also pray that the bishops may be open to the experiences and insights of the majority of U.S. Catholics who support civil marriage rights for same-sex couples. - Michael Bayly, Sensus Fidelium Blog
Photo Credit: Michael Bayly, Catholics for Marriage Equality