Saturday 13 June 2015

The method used in GC27

In his "presentation" of the Acts of the GC27, the Rector Major discusses briefly the method followed during the chapter: listening, interpretation, way forward (ascolto, lettura, cammino). He also mentions the difficulties experienced in applying this method.

I think the difficulty lay chiefly in distinguishing the first two moments, ascolto and lettura. Or rather, in putting them down distinctly, as they appear now in the text of the chapter. I think the two moments can be distinguished, but that the end result is a unitary / unified reading-judgment. One can certainly distinguish experiencing, understanding and judgment, but it is quite artificial to put down three sections corresponding to these three moments. In point of fact, what we called "lettura" is equivalent to understanding + judgment, and it presupposed the moment of "ascolto" or listening or experience. Cammino is quite clear: what we are to do.

In some future chapter, it might be better to think of a two part process: (1) an interpretation or reading of the situation, naturally arising from listening ("how we read the situation," naturally with the eyes of faith); (2) the way forward, or what we are to do. 

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