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What all the foregoing boils down to also is essentially two different ways of interpreting what "the Way (of thinking and acting)" offered by Christ essentially is.
Those in the political frame of reference tend to see "the Way" as a set of rules or commands that Christ gave to us and which are locked within the words of Scripture. The process of "getting to heaven" is one of learning those rules and obeying them.

Those in the non-political frame of reference on the other hand tend to see "the Way" not as a set of rules or commands to be learned and obeyed, but as a process of learning to think and act in particular ways. It is a life-long process. These "Ways" of thinking and acting are modelled by Christ. They are "Absolute" but in a radically different sense to the meaning of "Absolute" understood by those in the political frame of reference. The process is not one of "hoop-jumping" obedience to some external set of rules but rather an internalised process of learning to make moral and spiritual choices based on the process of learning to think in "the Way" modelled by Christ. In short, it is a process of learning to think like Christ and make our moral and spiritual choices as Christ would do were He to be making the particular moral and spiritual choices we have to make day-to-day and moment-to-moment in our 21st Century lives.

There is an enormous difference between these two visions of what the essential of the Catholic or Christian quest is all about. I think we saw that difference spelt out in a very graphic way in the controversy that erupted last year over Cardinal Pell's proposal to overturn existing Church teaching and abandon the Primacy of Conscience teaching/insight.

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