“ It is through … conscience that [people] see and recognize the demands of the divine law. [All are] bound to follow this conscience faithfully in all [their] activity so that [they] may come to God, who is [their] last end. Therefore, [they] must not be forced to act contrary to … conscience.” (Declaration on Religious Liberty, §3)
Why might Catholics disagree with/dissent from what the Church officially teaches?
Can dissent from Church teaching ever be beneficial?
Authority and Truth
Fr. Curran on whether the pope always speaks directly for God
Can one’s informed conscience ever be wrong?
Are we back to relativism and the Auschwitz principle?!
Truth and Authority Does Authority = Truth? Is Authority > Truth? Is Authority < Truth?
A (Less) Partial Catholic Organizational Chart Bishops (teaching is “one of the principal duties of bishops”) Pope (“the Supreme Teacher of all the faithful”) Magisterium The Holy Spirit (the Source of Truth)
The Whitney Houston Model of Catholicism How will I know? I’m askin’ you ‘cause you know about these things...