Outdated religious forms

Other Names:
Outmoded religious customs
Antiquated religious practices
Obsolete formulations of religion

There are some members of the faithful who have had an excellent Christian education who are having difficulty with regard to the way of expressing the faith. They think it is bound up too much with ancient and obsolete formulations and too much tied to Western culture. They are, therefore, seeking a new way of expressing the truths of religion, one which conforms to the present human condition, allows the faith to illumine the realities pressing upon men today, and makes it possible for the Gospel to be brought over to other cultures. The Church certainly has a duty to give all possible consideration to this aspiration of men. (Sacred Congregation for the Clergy, General Cathechetical Directory, 1971).

2. Certainly many exterior elements, recommended by founders of orders or religious congregations are seen today to be outmoded. Various encumbrances or rigid forms accumulated over the centuries need to be curtailed. Adaptations must be made. New forms can even be sought and instituted with the approval of the Church. For some years now the greater part of religious institutes have been generously dedicating themselves to the attainment of this goal, experimenting – sometimes too hard – with new types of constitutions and rules. (Papal Writings, 29 June 1971).

Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
11.11.2017 – 21:54 CET