Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Steve Bainbridge asks, in his posting below: "To what extent is it proper for a Catholic to dissent from
non-infallible but presumably magisterial teaching? We are not
Protestants, after all."
No, but neither are we mindless. As John Noonan said, "the record is replete with mistakes--the faithful can't just accept everything that comes from Rome as though God had authorized it." What mistakes, you ask? Well, you may want to begin here: Robert McClory, Faithful Dissenters: Stories of Men and Women Who Loved and Changed the Church (2000).
For those who, like Steve, want to think about this issue, Father Bernard Hoose's writings are a good place to begin: Bernard Hoose, "Authority in the Church," 63 Theological Studies 1207 (2002); Bernard Hoose, Authority in Roman Catholicism (2002). See also this collection, edited by Father Hoose: Authority in the Roman Catholic Church (2002).