Friday, September 18, 2009

Christopher West Receives Support from Bishops

Christopher West has been quite the lightning rod lately. I don't think the discussion was handled in the proper way (i.e., in the public sphere), so I am happy to post this letter of support from Cardinal Rigali and Bishop Rhoades. Here is a snip.
In light of recent discussions, we are happy to state our full confidence in Christopher, who continues to show great responsibility and openness in listening carefully to various observations and reflections on his work and in taking them into account. He and the Theology of the Body Institute are in communication with us, their local ordinaries. They work with our episcopal blessing. In our view their programs, courses, and materials reflect strong fidelity to the teaching of the Church and to the thought of Pope John Paul II. As such, we consider them of superb value for promoting the New Evangelization.

1 comment:

Amy said...

Great Article. I'm happy the Bishops are speaking up here. It should be noted however that even though the critique on his way of sharing the message of TOB was made in a public manor by Dr. Schindler, it was first made in the form of a personal dialogue between them for many years up until now. Knowing Dr. Schindler and knowing his compassion and tact in dealing with any theological issues, I also know that he did not intend anything but love for Christopher (who he knows personally and loves). I think his only intent was to follow a very public display of some of the dangers of Christophers method (the interview) so that those of us who love his works can be aware of the areas that his message falls short.