Tuesday, March 13, 2012
ON PIOUS OPINION, SINCERITY AND CATHOLICS WHO BELIEVE DISSENT FROM THE CHURCH'S MAGISTERIUM IS A GOOD THING
The following I copied from the National Catholic Register by JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND 03/12/2012
In the wake of Rush Limbaugh’s attack on Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke, the university’s president, John DeGioia, issued an “open letter” that noted her “sincerity” and adherence to civil discourse as she advocated on behalf of the contraception mandate before a group of House Democrats on Feb 23.
“Sandra Fluke … was respectful, sincere, and spoke with conviction. She provided a model of civil discourse. This expression of conscience was in the tradition of the deepest values we share as a people. One need not agree with her substantive position to support her right to respectful free expression,” stated DeGioia in his letter.
But in a March 11 address, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington used DeGioia’s letter as a point of departure for a penetrating and sustained reflection that contrasted a modern, subjective view of conscience with Catholic teaching on man’s capacity and obligation to correctly choose between good and evil.
“The statement, ‘I am sincere’ is confused with the reality of being right. Everyone can have an opinion, but that does not make it right. ‘She was sincere and spoke with conviction’ does not equate with ‘She was right and her position is correct,’”
Is this the state of education in America and at a Catholic University? The truth doesn't matter and being right doesn't matter, what matters is one's sincerity and civility in delivering a sincere message! I'm all for civility, but I more in favor of the truth and what is being debated is right.
But this brings us to dissenting Catholics who hate Humanae Vitae and have made dissent from it a cottage industry in the Church. When a Catholic dissents from natural law which is in effect Divine Law, from what else is a Catholic free to dissent? The 10 Commandments? Yes, many Catholics have and do dissent from these. From Sunday Mass attendance? Yes, many Catholic have and do dissent from this? From one's marital vows? From one's priestly promises?
You see where I'm going with this. There is mass confusion in the Church and you have Catholics who claim to be Catholic dissenting from the Church's Magisterium and thinking they can do so in good conscience. They do it for which of the following reasons?
A. Abysmal catechesis
B. Sloppy and banal celebrations of the Mass
C. Poor preaching
D. Do not know how to pray as a Catholic
E. Does not know how to defend the Catholic Faith and has no desire to do so
F. All religions and no religions are equal
G. All opinions, especially sincerely held opinions are equal
H. Jesus castigated the religious authorities of His day, we should do the same with Catholic authorities