“While exchanges and conflicts of opinion may constitute normal expressions of public life in a representative democracy, moral teaching certainly cannot depend simply upon respect for a process: indeed, it is in no way established by following the rules and deliberative procedures typical of a democracy.Dissent, in the form of carefully orchestrated protests and polemics carried on in the media, is opposed to ecclesial communion and to a correct understanding of the hierarchical constitution of the People of God. Opposition to the teaching of the Church’s Pastors cannot be seen as a legitimate expression either of Christian freedom or of the diversity of the Spirit’s gifts.”

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Pope St. John Paul II

Veritatis Splendor, #113

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  1. Avatar jong says:

    Great Pedro,
    This is a short,simple and direct answer to all dissenters.
    This Wisdom is from above, the wordings are supernatural.
    Godbless

  2. Avatar carn says:

    “This is a short,simple and direct answer to all dissenters.”

    No, not to all dissenters, but just to those who act in a way which fits “in the form of carefully orchestrated protests and polemics carried on in the media”.

    While i see the question, whether i am dissenter as undecided, i would certainly not fit the criteria of “carefully orchestrated protests”; hence, it is due to simple logic not an answer to me; and probably also not to many other potential dissenters.

    • Avatar Matt says:

      “Opposition to the teaching of the Church’s Pastors cannot be seen as a legitimate expression either of Christian freedom or of the diversity of the Spirit’s gifts.”

      I think that’s pretty clear.