Apoplexy anyone? Watch this at your own risk!
Here on this blog and at other blogs, I fear that we in the blogging community and those of us who make comments believe in a "false egalitarianism." By that we want to hear all voices on a subject and then make no judgment about the truth of the comments. So often even I your unworthy blogger let things pass when I should challenge. On another blog I read, some comments are so far afield of what the Church teaches that one would presume that those who sponsor it would challenge those comments, most of which are heterodox. Yet the only comments that really get any challenge are those who point out the truth. I've found this typical of those in the academic community who cry crocodile tears about the mean old hierarchy of the Church and its demand for obedience yet, are more rigid with those who they perceive as rigid. It was that way in the 1970's, my favorite decade for which I am most nostalgic, and nothing really has changed.
So commenters, obedience to the Holy Father in the areas of faith and morals and canon law is my mantra. It's the way to go if we are serious about purifying the Church of post-Christian sentiments which run rampant in many places in the Church, even on blogs!
Another interesting question John Allen asked Cardinal Levada is:
John Allen: On some points in the assessment, such as women's ordination and same-sex marriage, it's hardly just LCWR that's not in complete lockstep with official teaching. In some sectors of Catholic opinion, dissenting views on those points are widespread. Why pick on the women religious?
Cardinal Levada: We're not picking on people. We're saying that people who have a representative role as spokespersons in and for the church also have a higher responsibility. It's the same standard with theologians, even if they're laity. We intervene, we give notifications and so forth. Sure, their books go off the charts, but we're here to say that this doesn't correspond with the truth of our Catholic tradition, with the revelation of Christ to the apostles.
I know some people say, "Isn't my opinion as good as anybody else's?" But this isn't a question of my opinion. I don't wake up and say, "Here's dogma B, C and D." These are the teachings of the church. Read the fathers of the church, read the medieval theologians and so on.