L.A. Catholic points to a bizarre homily by a Father Kester who was on a leave of absence for awhile but is now back.
"[Those already baptized in another Christian faith] … have to read this little thing that said ‘I profess and believe all that the Catholic Church teaches and holds to be revealed by God.’ I sat back there and I thought … mmm … [I’m] glad they didn’t ask me to read that. I’d have to say … I believe … really … a good part of it … most of it [laughter]. I’m not sure I wanna stand up there and say I believe all [of it], everything."
"I once went and talked [about] this with my spiritual director … [about] something I was having a little problem with, a little article of faith and he said, ‘Kevin, faith is a gift from God and nobody can tell you you have to believe something. You either have the gift of faith to believe it or you don’t.’ I felt kind of good about that, that that would allow me to at least ponder these imponderables and not get too unglued."
He also links to an audio file of the homily. If spiritual directors could be sued for malpractice this one certainly could. To say that every article of faith requires a separate gift of faith is unbelievably dumb. As if each article of faith required a matching packet of faith to be sent to verify it. Kind of a faith protocol system sent along the grace backbone. That if there is a faith packet loss then you have a mismatch between what you should believe and what you can believe. The Catechism says:
Believing is possible only by grace and the interior helps of the Holy Spirit. But it is no less true that believing is an authentically human act. Trusting in God and cleaving to the truths he has revealed is contrary neither to human freedom nor to human reason.
In faith, the human intellect and will co-operate with divine grace: "Believing is an act of the intellect assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace.