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The Limits of Faithful Dissent – part 2

Non-infallible Teachings All Catholic Christians are obligated to give the religious submission of will and intellect (ordinary assent) to the non-infallible teachings of the Magisterium. This religious assent is not the full assent of faith, but it is related to … Continue reading

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The Limits of Faithful Dissent – part 1

Infallible Teachings All Catholic Christians are obligated, under pain of heresy and automatic excommunication, to give the full assent of faith (sacred assent) to every infallible teaching of the Magisterium, whether taught by an Ecumenical Council or Papal Infallibility or … Continue reading

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On Faithful Dissent (part 2)

In my previous article on this topic, I showed that the Magisterium does in fact teach, non-infallibly, that dissent from a non-infallible teaching can be legitimate, faithful, and not sinful. Of course, it is to be observed that very much … Continue reading

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Faithful Dissent and Faithful Disobedience

The Church has two types of authority: 1. spiritual authority (the teaching authority, called the Magisterium) 2. temporal authority The doctrines of the Church are Her teachings. Infallible doctrines are called dogmas. But the Church also has disciplines, in addition … Continue reading

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On Faithful Dissent (part 1)

The Church has two types of authority: 1. Spiritual authority, which is the teaching authority or Magisterium of the Church 2. Temporal authority, which includes the laws, rules, and rulings of the Church The Magisterium teaches, whereas the temporal authority … Continue reading

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Faithful Dissent versus Blind Obedience

The universal Church has Christ as its head, and the Holy Spirit as its guide. All the faithful in Heaven, in Purgatory, and on earth are members of the universal Church. Even baptized non-Catholic Christians, and any non-Christians who may … Continue reading

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Faithful Dissent from magisterial teaching

In the world today, there is so much unfaithful dissent that some Catholic have begun to think that all dissent is contrary to the Faith. The unfaithful dissent includes undermining the authority of the Bible, contradicting the Bible, claiming that … Continue reading

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May We Faithfully Dissent from Laudato Si’ ?

The Catholic Herald in the UK has published a foolish article by Fr. Ashley Beck on the encyclical Laudato si’. The title of the article is also its conclusion: No Catholic is free to dissent from the teaching of Laudato … Continue reading

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When Is Criticism of the Pope Licit and Faithful?

When Is Criticism of the Pope Licit and Faithful? Not when you begin by assuming that you are right and the Pope is wrong. Not when you have given your full assent of faith to the conservative or traditionalist subculture … Continue reading

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Faithfulness in Disagreeing with Any Roman Pontiff

The Catholic faithful are required under pain of mortal sin and excommunication, to avoid heresy and schism, to believe what the Magisterium teaches as doctrine, and to accept the authority of the Church over discipline. But we also have the … Continue reading

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To what extent may a faithful Catholic disagree with the Pope?

When the Pope or a Council or the Universal Magisterium teaches infallibly, the faithful are required to give the full assent of faith (what I term ‘sacred assent’). Infallible teachings of the Magisterium are guaranteed by the Holy Spirit to … Continue reading

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Faithful disobedience from temporal authority of the Church

While faithful dissent refers to the fallible teachings of the Magisterium (the spiritual authority of the Church), faithful disobedience refers to the fallible temporal authority of the Church. Again, this most often applies to a local Bishop whose orders, rules, … Continue reading

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