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Reading Peter Kahn’s article he mentions the Law of Graduality as having been mentioned at the recent synod. However, I was rather disappointed that he did not discuss how it had been used or misused at the synod. Would it be possible to have something to explain this Law and what exactly it states. I can see that one can gradually improve one’s spiritual state – two steps forward, one step back, with failings followed by confession. But would I be right in thinking that you do have to have the intention to improve, however long it takes, and to acknowledge that certain actions and states are sinful?
Further, I can see from the Old Testament that God was gradually introducing his chosen people to improvement and that the New Testament was a further step in this process – one example being the question of marriage and divorce.
But does this entitle anyone to say: “This is where I am”, in other words to say I am back in the time of Abraham and I can ignore what Christ said for the moment, and at the same time claim redemption and presume communion in the Mass?
Nicolas Bellord, Horsted Keynes,
PS I am not a theologian so please excuse any errors!