Dear brothers and sisters:
For some time now, I’ve been disturbed by the hurch’s pas teaching on religious liberty, and how it seems to be contradicted by the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and the subsequent Pontiffs.
It simply cannot be denied, it seems to me, that for centuries the Church by her Ordinary Magisterium taught that that a Catholic State ordinarily has the duty to suppress heresy, even by the persecution of heretics themselves. Heresy could be tolerated in order to prevent greater evils (like civil war), but there was never any teaching of a right to be a heretic.
Vatican II seems to say that in all states heretics and heretical communities have a civil right to exist, and this is founded in the natural law.
Anyone but me see the contradiction, and the implications this has for a) the infallibilty of the Ordinary Magisterium, and b) the right if Catholics to question certain teachings?