So today I learned about the Norms of Licit Dissent in the statement from the USCCB titled Human Life in Our Day from 1968.
They say that dissent is only okay for non-infallible teachings. Then they go on to explain how to go about said dissent in a responsible fashion. (It does appear to only apply to theologians, but nonetheless I found this interesting).
There seems to be some debate about what counts as infallible when you try looking it up. I’m sure everyone here has their opinions (most here probably feel that the contraception ban is an infallible teaching), but the fact is there is no infallible list of infallible teachings, so don’t bother going into it.
What I find interesting is that this statement from the USCCB, considering it’s about Humanae Vitae, includes this section on licit dissent. It’s as if though the USCCB did not believe that the teachings in the encyclical were infallible. Otherwise, why bother mentioning the licit dissent on non-infallible teachings thing?
I was just curious what y’all thought of that?