I have heard that the Council of Trent contradicts the Council of Orange because in the Councils of Orange, which same first, it seems as though you cannot cooperate with God’s grace of justification - the grace that moves you towards conversion. You have no choice in the acceptance of the grace, so, in essence (of the idea) you will be justified no matter what…
In the Council of Trent, however, it is well held you must cooperate with the grace of justification - you must cooperate/accept this grace, it’s a gift. Of course this is the Catholic belief today.
If there is a contradiction, it should be considered a major one.
I’m assured there’s no contradiction, but even I have trouble reading these…
I have highlighted in bold the main terms/phrases:
COUNCIL OF ORANGE
CANON 4. If anyone maintains that God awaits our will to be cleansed from sin, but does not confess that even our will to be cleansed comes to us through the infusion and working of the Holy Spirit, ***he resists the Holy Spirit himself ***who says through Solomon, “The will is prepared by the Lord” (Prov. 8:35, LXX), and the salutary word of the Apostle, “For God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).
CANON 6. If anyone says that God has mercy upon us when, apart from his grace, we believe, will, desire, strive, labor, pray, watch, study, seek, ask, or knock, but does not confess that it is by the infusion and inspiration of the Holy Spirit within us that we have the faith, the will, or the strength to do all these things as we ought; or if **anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience **of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, “What have you that you did not receive?” (1 Cor. 4:7), and, “But by the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor. 15:10).
COUNCIL OF TRENT
CANON 9: “If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema.”
***I give all credit to the purpose of this thread to TriuneUnity! ***TriuneUnity, I hope we can resolve this matter!