Ratzinger’s Reception of Newman on Conscience: Memory, History, Creation, and Christ

In order to provide some spacing between our meeting and our upcoming study day on October 16th, our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, October 1st, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Ratzinger’s Reception of Newman on Conscience: Memory, History, Creation, and Christ” by Donald G. Graham from the Winter 2020 (Volume 47.4) issue of Communio entitled “Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Karol Wojtyła”.

I am pleased to announce that the author, Dr. Donald Graham, will be joining us via Zoom.

The following is taken from the Introduction to the issue:
In “Ratzinger’s Reception of Newman on Conscience: Memory, History, Creation, and Christ,” Donald G. Graham shows how Ratzinger follows Newman’s understanding of conscience as the calling and commanding voice of God in the human heart, a voice that has a more fundamental bearing on human action than any created authority. Graham argues that Ratzinger goes further than Newman in explicitly grounding this sense of conscience in the very being of man as created. Moreover, this ontological account of conscience as anamnesis, or “primal remembrance,” at once brings to light the vicar of Christ’s rightful responsibility to guide man to his end in God. “God who originally spoke, and continues to speak, through the properly functioning conscience as his witness to truth in the created order, now also can speak authoritatively through the Magisterium, in particular through the Petrine ministry, as the servant of and witness to his accomplished work of redemption in the order of grace.”

We plan to hold an outdoor hybrid meeting at the Newman Centre Guelph, 325 Gordon Street, Guelph. If weather does not permit meeting outdoors, we will meet in Newman House.

To request zoom info and be added to our mailing list, please contact Father Mark Morley (See Contact Us page).

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