“A great deal of what we studied in theology back then (50 years ago) is now out of date.” Father Robert Lauder, The Tablet, April 7, 2012

In the beginning of Mark’s gospel Jesus is reported to have said: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15 We ask Fr. Lauder — What part of Our Lord’s message is “out of date?” The problem is not that the Church is out of step with the times, but rather that many churchmen are out of step with the Lord. It can be hard to find leaders and scholars, in the Catholic Church today, who are real ‘practitioners’ of Christianity.

“Christianity boasts the only morality that is not a collection of precepts from which everyone can accept some and reject others according as it suits him: it forms a perfectly coherent and indivisible whole. For example we will never practice the love of man to the extent that Jesus demands if we have not the love of God in our heart; we will never be able to sacrifice ourselves for justice’s sake if we dispute the fruitfulness of renunciation illumined by the doctrine of the cross. Jesus’ morality forms a solid system necessarily founded on Christian dogma.” Georges Chevrot, The Well of Life (Scepter 1960)