Steven Newcomb you don't shy away from looking at the tough Christian concepts!! As a non Catholic Christian the concept of “…in Illo a quo imperia et dominationes ac bona cuncta procedunt confidentes…” is one that's not completely unfamiliar to me. Basically it's saying that God ordains and allows good and bad government. I think about that for a minute in light of the Nazis(or any negative example you would choose). I think about this even in light of a US government administration I don't like and didn't vote for. Some of the most vocal opponents of this administration or that, are Christians who do NOT appear to be accepting the premise that God ordained and allows the leader they don't like. The culture of the United States operates on the premise that people have the power individually and collectively to challenge authority and government within given structures. The fact that I have lived in the twentieth century, thinking of myself as someone powerful enough to determine details of my own life and future makes this a particularly sticky Christian concept to stomach but there it is...in Protestant theology as well. In the Vatican in 1493, this doctrine was part of the larger Western European concept of unquestioned submission to authority; Church authority, authority of family members, submission to local officials as well. In 1493 this went as far as submission to the idea that each person was born into a social class and even a location and a VOCATION in which God expected you to stay. How exactly this doctrine changed (or didn't) as it traveled with the people who practiced Catholicism wherever they went and encountered new and completely unfamiliar situations still holding onto concepts learned in "the Old Country" is recorded in the history we read or hear.
Friday, September 16, 2011 - 05:57