Vol 22 No 3 2015

Actual Grace and the Elevation of the Secular

Robert M. Doran

Abstract

This paper develops and integrates several strands of thought represented in recent contributions that the author has tried to make to the secularization-sacralization debate. That debate is both ecclesial and theological, and the two contexts are related. The theological debate will not be resolved short of discovering the key to discerning grace everywhere. Resolution of the ecclesial debate will take much longer, if not in the sensus fidelium at least in magisterial attitudes. This paper proposes a central element in the relevant discernment.