Monday, April 03, 2017

Congar and the Holy Office

Amongst Uncle's possessions was this little card.
Such good words from Yves Congar. Of course I had no idea who he was so thank goodness for Google.

It turns out that Father Yves Congar (1904-1995) was a French Dominican friar and a catholic priest who, apart from saying many wise things, is mostly renowned for allegedly peeing on the wall of the Holy Office. The Holy Office today deals with matters of doctrine in its aim to protect faith and morals; it was founded in 1542 to defend the church from heresy, a charge almost brought against Congar by his legalistic adversary in the Holy Office. 

4 comments:

S. J. Qualls said...

Sorry for chuckling, I just couldn't help it. :-)

Liz Hinds said...

It's meant to raise a chuckle!

Katney said...

I don't think that peeing on the holy office would be heresy, as it really doesn't much have anything to do with doctrines of faith.

Liz Hinds said...

I think it was a more liberal versus legalistic argument that got him into trouble, Kathy. But I couldn't really understand the article as you needed to understand church history and terminology!