I made a topic before on “What does it mean to be a Real Catholic” and I later realized that’s not my core issue with various claims I have seen on CAF about “what the Church teaches”.
The issue is, what do people actually mean when they say that? What source are they using for Church teaching? Since I know the Bible by itself is not considered authoritative for Catholics.
Do they mean, “it’s in the Catechism”? Okay, but which Catechism, as I have seen posters argue that “the YouCat is wrong about masturbation” or that “I prefer the Baltimore Catechism, it was never abrogated” or even “I prefer the Catechism of Trent”.
Do they mean, “my priest told me”? Okay, but which priest? An “orthodox” one who I can trust? Or a “liberal” one who might say ABC is fine?
Since there certainly are such priests around. But it seems most people recommend “ask your priest” anyway. I wonder if some think, “if the priest says something, even if it seems to contradict Church teaching, all I need to do is obey what the priest tells me, if he’s wrong, then any sin is on the priest, I’m scot-free”.
Do they mean, “my bishop said it”? Okay, but which bishop? When it comes to the issue of “can divorced and remarried Catholics receive Communion”, the answer will be very different based on which bishop you ask.
Or do they mean, “Saint X said it” or “Jesus said it to Saint Y” or “Mary said it in an apparition” or “Apologist Z said it on CAF”?