“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

Pedro Gabriel

Pedro Gabriel, MD, is a Catholic layman and physician, born and residing in Portugal. He is a medical oncologist, currently employed in a Portuguese public hospital. A published writer of Catholic novels with a Tolkienite flavor, he is also a parish reader and a former catechist. He seeks to better understand the relationship of God and Man by putting the lens on the frailty of the human condition, be it physical and spiritual. He also wishes to provide a fresh perspective of current Church and World affairs from the point of view of a small western European country, highly secularized but also highly Catholic by tradition.

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  1. 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. 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.

    • 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.

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