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3 ways conservative Catholics dissent from Church teaching (often without even...

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Michie

    Michie Perch Perkins. Catholic reporter. ;) Supporter

    ...realizing it)

    Three Strategies for Evasion

    In his 1965 book, Christianity and Social Progress, Fr. John Cronin wrote as follows:
    The social teaching of the Church has presented problems to many Catholics. Today we speak in terms of awe and reverence of the great encyclicals of Popes Leo XIII and Pius XI. Yet the social messages of these pontiffs met resistance as well as acclaim. There were some who openly opposed these teachings. Others gave them the “silent treatment,” by ignoring their pleas and making no effort to put them into practice.1
    Although fifty years after Fr. Cronin wrote no longer does everyone “speak in terms of awe and reverence of the great encyclicals of Popes Leo XIII and Pius XI,” still his words are helpful reminders that Catholics have not always had that docility toward the teaching Church which one would expect from those presumably convinced that the Church speaks with the voice of Christ. And in fact today dissent from those teachings is far more common and more open than was the case when Fr. Cronin wrote those words. While one is hardly surprised to find dissent from Catholic teaching among liberal Catholics, it is just as common to find it among conservative Catholics. These latter, however, since they see themselves as faithful adherents to Catholic doctrine, necessarily must create some strategy of disguising their dissent from Catholic teaching. There are, it seems to me, three main strategies used by conservative Catholics to justify their dissent from papal social teaching. Let us take a look at each of them in turn.

    Continued- http://distributistreview.com/mag/2011/08/three-strategies-for-evasion/