Friday 19 January 2018

Letters: Pope's criticisms emphasise church's value

Pope Francis: will reinvigorate the church by bringing its flaws to light
Pope Francis: will reinvigorate the church by bringing its flaws to light

Pope Francis: will reinvigorate the church by bringing its flaws to light

* There has been some inappropriate interpretation of the efforts of Pope Francis to bring the leadership of the church down to earth, in some cases seeing his efforts as an opportunity to reinforce traditional teaching.

Pope Francis's thoughts run much deeper. His misgivings about how the church is led are not so much concerned with teaching but about mending weaknesses in the church's capacity to learn.

It seems to me to make more sense to think of teaching not as a noun, referring to a body of doctrines, but as a verb pointing to a certain activity concerned with illuminating minds. The onus is on the teacher to bring about learning in a way that engages the intelligence of the learners.

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