Legitimacy of Dissent

Case #1  Nineteen priests dissenting from HV

In 1968, Cardinal Patrick O’Boyle of Washington, D.C., disciplined nineteen priests who had publicly dissented from Pope Paul VI’s teaching in the encyclical Humanae Vitae. Three years later, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy decreed that Cardinal O’Boyle should lift canonical penalties against those priests who informed the cardinal privately that they agreed that the Church’s teaching on “the objective evil of contraception” was “an authentic expression of [the] magisterium.” The Congregation explicitly avoided requiring that the priests, who had dissented publicly, retract their dissent publicly.  A new biography of O’Boyle, Steadfast in the Faith (Catholic University of America Press), suggests that the decision not to require a public retraction was made by Paul VI himself.   (source)


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  1. I think that becoming a saint doesn’t involve goodness, rather ones ability to perform magic is the main criteria. Like John Paul II made the Irish problem magically disappear. They will take a couple of his bones and put them into a very expensive gold and silver box with a glass window (they are a ghoulish bunch) and put the box into a niche in a Very Old Church in Poland with a permanent light. . . .

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