I was wondering how to determine when you can disagree with a priest, bishop, cardinal, or pope. I was wondering how a person should call out evil in the Church. Sometimes it’s hard to know when your disbelief of a teaching is an error, the idea to learn more thru curiosity, or is a temptation by the devil seeking to separate your soul from God.
As a Catholic, we are supposed to strongly believe in the Eucharist. We are also supposed to believe in Holy Orders, Infallibility of the Pope on certain matters, contraception, avoiding premarital sex, immaculate conception of Mary, and sanctity of life among other faith tenants. We’re supposed to believe in the sanctity of marriage and thus to obtain an annulment when one marriage goes sour before getting another one; an annulment states that a marriage never existed and if the annulment is rejected that you’re not supposed to remarry or you’re committing adultery. But how can the Church be free from politics in the very arduous path of seeking an annulment and won’t what you say in the annulment make any difference in the church’s view (i.e. one person who says they were too immature for marriage and thus married outside the church - approved may be looked at differently from someone who says they were abused in the marriage - denied) even if it’s the exact same marriage? I had been thru the dispensation process to get married and am happily married but am troubled by those who aren’t happily married how a divorce that dissolves a marriage and pretending that one didn’t exist differs in any way.
What happens if we struggle with Holy Orders or Papal Infallibility or struggle with contraception? When does it become sinful? Is it the act itself or the mere belief that is sinful? So if you believe the church’s view on contraception is barbaric but still engage in NFP or don’t use contraception, is that in and of itself a sin? Is it a sin to call out your disagreement with the church? Is it a sin to be in error (i.e. to be wrong) in your disbelief of a church teaching? Does the mere calling out of a church teaching because of one’s mere mortal understanding cause others to sin and thus is inherently sinful too?
Thanks for your help in this regard.