I'm asking because there seems to be a divide within Catholicism. Many are concerned where Francis is leading, and others are lockstep with him. All of which, insofar as I can tell, are doing so out of devotion to the truth and their love for the Church.wosbald wrote: ↑Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:08 am+JMJ+
sentire cum ecclesia
Do you believe everything the Church teaches?
But do you really?
When candidates make their profession at the Easter Vigil, they are asked, “Do you believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God?”
The question cannot really be asking, “Do you in fact have specific knowledge of each and every thing that the Church teaches? If so, do you assent to those teachings?” It’s not as if there’s a checklist somewhere that lists “all” the Church’s teachings, with each candidate affirming them line by line. Candidates entering the Church aren’t made to swear on the Catechism.
Certainly, this is not what is meant by the candidates’ profession. What is being asked of the candidate is more like, “Would you?” If given the opportunity to do so in public or private, would you “believe and profess” with the Church?
One phrase that captures this principle is, “to think with the Church;” or, in St. Ignatius of Loyola’s formulation, sentire cum ecclesia. Sentire, of course, is not simply “to think,” which in English is often meant in a cold, rational way. Other words that are used to translate sentire are sense, feel, and perceive. “Feel” is a great translation that can also carry connotations of “think” except that “feel” can also imply the lack of rational thought.
What does it really mean to “think with the Church”?
So I ask because it seems your answer, that you are thinking/feeling with the Church, could apply to both 'sides', those concerned about the Pope and those on board with him. Does thinking/feeling with the Pope equate to thinking/feeling with the Church? Because if it does, I get ya. If it doesn't, am I to assume every Catholic who disagrees with the Pope is out of step with the Church?