When Catholics debate about moral issues, they often pull out the “infallibility card”, and say that:
- The Church teaches X.
- The Church is infallible about moral teachings.
- Therefore, X is true.
Now, whatever the merits of this argument, it is a terrible way to do apologetics. It’s like starting an argument by saying, “Everything I say is true”, and then – when something you say is later questioned – reminding the person that everything you say is true.
And then – the nerve! – when people question that, you insist that they are just stubbornly resisting the Church and the Holy Spirit. Well, sure, they *might *be, but they might also simply not understand. Or they might be right, and you might be wrong (or you might be wrong about what the Church teaches).
My prayer for this forum, constantly, is that we might be humble. In my estimation, humility involves not falling back on insisting that “I am always right”, but instead providing logical reasons for WHY you are right.
What say you?