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11. Heresy

1. A heresy is false doctrine held by a person who intendsto assent to Christ's teaching, but who actually assents to hisown choice and opinion. The word heresy means picking andchoosing. A heretic is one who picks and chooses what he wishes tobelieve.

2. Heresy is a corruption of Christian faith. It has noreference tosecular doctrines and opinions, but only to thosethat have a bearing on the faith itself.

3. Heresy is error, and hence cannot be tolerated by themind. It is against God, and hence cannot be tolerated by faith.Heresy is therefore not to be tolerated, but heretics are to betolerated, except in so far as they are a menace to the faith ofbelievers.

4. The Church receives to penance and reconciliation thosewho return after a lapse into heresy.

"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
St Philip Neri

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"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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