[quote=puzzleannie]man I hate these bifocals, I thought we were talking about chocolate, but I guess that would be on non-Catholic religions.
John Kerry is not a heretic until somebody at the Vatican says he is and so far that hasn’t happened despite the self-promoting web campaign of a well-meaning but possibly misguided co-religionist from Boston.
If as defined above a heretic is one who teaches heresy, that does not apply to Kerry, He is not a theologian or bishop of the Catholic church charged with the responsibility to hold and teach the truth, the fullness of the faith. He is a lay Catholic in public life, who publicly denounces some Catholic teachings, but he is not performing a teaching role under the auspices of the Church. No, that designation of heretic would belong to those hired by Catholic institutions of higher learning including seminaries who are teaching, writing, promoting and endorsing ideas contrary to magesterial teaching of the Church.
If we were allowed to know which of these teachers has signed a mandatum and who has refused, we would know who they are.
You are totally incorrect about a heretic having to be in a teaching position or some other position of authority. The Catechism of the Catholic Church # 2089 says. “Heresy is the obstinate post-batismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same…” One can be a heretic and never utter a word or give bad example that would make one known to the public that one is a heretic.