Thanks to Rorate Caeli for posting these oh-so-timely words of the Holy Father at First Vespers on the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul:

“In the last few decades, the expression ‘adult faith’ [fede adulta, ‘grown up faith’] has become a widespread slogan. It is often used in relation to the attitudes of those who no longer pay attention to what the Church and her Pastors say — which is to say, those who choose on their own what to believe or not to believe in a sort of ‘do-it-yourself’ faith. Expressing oneself against the Magisterium of the Church is presented as a sort of ‘courage’, whereas in fact not much courage is needed because one can be certain of receiving public praise.

Instead, courage is needed to adhere to the Church’s faith, even if it contradicts the ‘order’ of today’s world. Paul calls this non-conformism an ‘adult faith’. For him, following the prevailing winds and currents of the time is childish.

For this reason, it is part of an adult faith to dedicate oneself to the inviolability of life from its beginning, thus radically opposing the principle of violence, in defense precisely of the most defenseless. It is part of an adult faith to recognize the lifelong marriage between one man and one woman in accordance with the Creator’s order, re-established again by Christ. An adult faith does not follow any current here and there. It stands against the winds of fashion.”


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I would like to see the response of Bozek and friends to this address. Of course this would probably fall on deaf ears. As I heard Mother Angelica say on an archived EWTN program the other day:

“You cannot reason with someone who has chosen not to believe.”

and this gem:

“Liberals have no doctrine. Just name one; I’d like to know what it is…”