Both the Vaticans proposed reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and its rebuke of a controversial book written by the theologian Sister Margaret Farley are targeted critiques intended to fulfill one of the Catholic hierarchys most vital functions: defense of the deposit of faith. That defense necessarily entails public clarification about what does and does not constitute authentic Catholic teaching.
Question is whether bishops should ignore what violates teaching. Name me the organization that lets important stuff pass, and you name one in decline.
Dissent can never get out of hand? Yes? No? As Cardinal George told a breakfast audience at the Union League Club weeks ago in connection with the HHS mandate, it’s a matter of one’s identity. He called the mandate identity theft. Sounds right.