Wednesday 5 October 2022

About Today Readings

St Faustina Kowalska

Galatians 2:1-2, 7-14. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News – Psalm 116(117). Luke 11:1-4.

God guides his Church

In our first reading today we gain a great insight into the means by which God guides his Church. Saint Paul clearly recognises the unique place of Saint Peter, along with James and John. This reflects an embryonic stage of the Papacy, as well as the local episcopate. Paul does not however fall into a simplistic view. He sees where Saint Peter has made a poor decision, failing to get the balance right in tricky prudential territory. With his trademark zeal and confidence, Paul rebukes Peter. This nuanced understanding can help us in thinking about the Papacy now and throughout history. Clearly there is nothing in God’s promise of protection and guidance for the Church which prevents a Pope making a mistake, even a serious one. This protects us against the instinct to become overly defensive about Papal decision making. As the old saying goes, infallibility does not guarantee impeccability.

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