Greetings in Christ to all my friends here on the forums,:angel1:
I was on a website of a well - known member of the Catholic clergy who supports some radical views that I believe are strongly against Church teaching. As some of you here know, I'm an adult convert (since 2004.) I just felt I had to write something in reply. Further, I was shocked to see this person's public statements, books, articles, and his support of others who are clearly going against the Church's tenets.
I did my best to state politely but firmly that he is ignoring the CCC. He basically posted a most unwelcome reply. I was surprised at how many Catholics were actually siding with his radical viewpoints. There were others though, who strongly disagreed with him. These are not matters of personal opinion. That is what concerns me. This person is coming out against the Church teachings on homosexual acts, purity, abortion, ordination of women, etc. How can such a person be considered Catholic who opposes the teachings of the Magisterium?
I am learning so much on these forums about Church teachings that I cringe seeing someone in authority go against Church Traditions. Am I too new to the faith to admonish someone in authority? Or is that only the job of the Magisterium?
Are we all called as Catholics to be watchful of these heresies and to speak out, or are we to let others higher up in the Church deal with them? I want to pray that people come back to the teachings of the Church because they are doing great harm spreading these false beliefs. I do feel that people in positions of authority are held to a higher accountability.
I just don't know my exact role in all this and if it is proper to admonish such a person. I don't have their advanced degrees, and am only a new convert to the Faith, but can I not come out to speak in support of Church teachings?:heaven: