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The only way, therefore, in which the theologian can actively engage in theology is for him to be prepared again and again to incur the risk of involuntarily finding the Church against him in his interpretations. If he is unwilling to incur this risk, and confines himself simply to repeating the formulations of the Christian faith put forward by the Church’s teaching authority or in other traditional formulae in order to achieve safety in his work, then he runs the (greater) risk of uttering formulae which he only images that he has understood.

– Karl Rahner, THEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS 11; q.v., THEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS 7

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