100% pro-abort Senator Richard Durbin (D.Il.) celebrates his Jesuit education
My irony meter just broke. America, the Jesuit rag and not the country, is now against dissent:
Thankfully, Cardinal Wuerl spoke out. Bishops have to be the ones who criticize bishops to garner any attention in the upper echelons. We need their gravitas to address any bishop taking on the pope, the source of unity in our church.
Others might complain of the stupidity of criticizing the church leader who is reaching the public as no one in recent years has done. Still others also can recognize the importance of defending a leader of what can seem like a hidebound institution that needs change to keep the institution vibrant and ready for years to come. Still others can appreciate the paternal, pastoral leader needed by billions of people and the need to support him.
However, it is the bishops themselves who must speak out when dissent comes from within the highest level of the church. This is worthy of their calling to leadership as bishops. Bravo, Cardinal Wuerl.
Go here to read the rest. Well, this is certainly a change from the way that America has traditionally viewed dissent within the Church. One of hundreds of examples comes to us from an article in 1993:
Undoubtedly, there are those who would say that there would be no impasse and all would be well if theologians would fall in line and support the teaching of Humanae Vitae, or at least remain silent. Yet many would–and correctly, I believe–regard this as an abrogation of theological responsibility and an act of disloyalty to the church and the Holy Father. As the late and eminent Karl Rahner put it: “What are contemporary moral theologians to make of Roman declarations on sexual morality that they regard as too unnuanced? Are they to remain silent, or is it their task to dissent, to give a more nuanced interpretation?”
Of course there is no contradiction. For the Jesuits of America there are two types of dissent: “My dissent is good and obedient to the best interests of the Church while your dissent is a terrible treason against the Church.