To all forum members: Criticism of priests
LaRoza Wrote:Yes, but calling him a heretic on the forum and wishing he is excommunicated is definately not the answer.

Not for a parish priest, but it may be appropriate for a Cardinal who denigrates the liturgy, makes quasi-heretical statements, etc., repeatedly and in public from his dignity as a Prince of the Church and a Bishop.

Thus the line in Canon Law

<FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00">without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons</FONT>

If a Bishop is going around making people believe objectively sinful behavior, and behavior in his diocsese is the type that is continually restricted by the Holy See (e.g., liturgical dancing), and it is not only allowed but encouraged, then the advantage goes towards not keeping silent since it is a scandal of the faithful.

That said, there is certain amount of reverence towards the office that is required and we shouldn't talk about bishops who delve in heresy the same way we gossip around the office water cooler.

There is a balance. If we find ourselves delighting in scandal, such as Fr. Moderator seems to do at Traditio, then that is wrong.  But bringing scandal to light and calling superiors to task in an appropriate manner with respect for their office is in no way a problem, at least in my mind.


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To all forum members: Criticism of priests - by Historian - 02-13-2009, 01:12 AM

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